Our Staff Members

The staff at Cornerstone Church has spent many years devoted to the Christian faith. Our staff enjoys sharing that faith and knowledge with others in our church community. It is our joy to serve you!

Jim Anderson  (Lead Pastor)  Send E-mail to Jim Anderson
Pastor Jim has served as Senior Pastor in Yuba City since December 1984. God’s grace and great people have been instrumental to lengthen and strengthen his ministry here.

Trinity College (Deerfield, IL) is where Jim & Laura met and graduated. After marriage he graduated from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Their first church was the Evangelical Free Church of Madrid, Iowa where they were privileged to serve for seven years. The invitation to pastor in Yuba City, California opened the next (extended) chapter of their lives.

Jim & Laura have five children. Their oldest, Layne, is teaching second grade in Sutter County. Next are the twins. Megan completed her Master’s in Public Health and works in Philadelphia. Nick and his wife, Sarah, serve as church planters in Oaxaca, Mexico with their sons Phinehas and Caleb. Katrina is a student at CSU Sacramento and Marius is a Junior in High School. Laura teaches second graders in Marysville.

Pastor Jim interests include U2, missions, justice and USC football.

A life impact verse for Pastor Jim is Micah 6:8

“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Pastor Jim Anderson
Rick Finitzer  (Executive Pastor)  Send E-mail to Rick Finitzer
Pastor Rick, Janet and family moved to Yuba City from Sequim, Washington in September 2003. It is amazing how fast 11 years have passed. Rick brings with him 28 years of full-time service (over 30 serving in the church).

After finishing a degree in Biblical Studies from Grace College in Winona Lake and attending Grace Theological Seminary, Pastor Rick has served as a Missionary with Child Evangelism Fellowship as well as pastoral roles in churches in Indiana (Administrative Pastor) and Washington State (Associate Pastor and Senior Pastor).

Pastor Rick has served on various Church Planting Boards. He served two terms with Northwest Independent Church Extension (N.I.C.E.) which plants churches in six states in the West and Pacific Northwest and two terms as a Board Member on the Western District Board of the Evangelical Free Church of America. He also served with the Pre-Ordination Process evaluating potential candidates Ordination Paper related to preparedness and on numerous Ordination Councils.

Pastor Rick and Janet have five children (notice a trend here?). Their oldest daughters Aimee & Alison - twins - (more coincidence? We think not!).

Aimee is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University and living in the Seattle Area working at Kidspace.

Alison is a graduate from Gordon College in the Boston area lives in Santa Cruz, CA working with Children with Autism at the May Institute. Alison completed her Masters in Education at Simmons College in Boston and received her BCBA Certification.

They have a son Matthew, who graduated from The University of Washington in 2008 and who married his High School sweetheart, Julie Nguyen in June 2009 after graduating from Seattle Pacific University. They were living in Seoul, South Korea where Matthew was attending Grad School at Korea University and Julie was teaching English as a second language! They are back now living in Seattle where Matthew is in Grad School at The University of Washington expecting their first child (our first Grandchild) in October!

Their daughter Jenny is a graduate of Berkeley with a degree in Mass Communications. She spent a semester at Yonsei University in Seoul South Korea as a part of Berkeley's Study Abroad Program. Jenny is in Grad School at Washington State University pursuing a Masters in Entomology.

Their youngest daughter Ellen is at Yuba College finishing a degree in Early Childhood Development and is a preschool teacher at Fusion Daycare in Marysville.

Pastor Rick and Janet have been married for 33 years. Where does time go? Janet is a graduate of Wheaton College and currently teachs English at Sutter Union High School.

Pastor Rick’s Favorite Verse is Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Pastor Rick
Brad Thompson  (Youth Pastor)  Send E-mail to Brad Thompson
Brad was born and raised in a Christian family in Visalia, CA. He accepted Jesus and was baptized when he was 14. He graduated from Redwood High School in 1990 and went on to graduate from Pepperdine University in 1994 with a BA in Organizational Communications, minoring in Business Administration.

Brad met his best friend Rebecca while recruiting at summer church camps for the Pepperdine Admission Office and they married in 1995. Rebecca also graduated from Pepperdine with a degree in Liberal Arts and a CA Teaching Credential. They have three children Jayson, Mikayla and Mallory.

After working and living in Southern California for several years, Brad and Rebecca moved to the Yuba Sutter Area in 1999 to be closer to Rebecca’s family and raise their own children. They have served in local churches as voluntary Youth Leaders teaching Bible classes, leading devotionals, and organizing activities. Brad also served as Deacon of Youth for 3 years at a local church before starting to attend Cornerstone in 2009. In 2010 the Thompsons officially placed membership at Cornerstone after being active with the Work Days, Clothing Drive, Men’s Ministry, and Becca has attended the Titus 2 Bible study for the past 9 years.

Brad and Rebecca adopted the slogan “God Is Good” when Becca was diagnosed with leukemia in 2008. Friends had red wristbands created with this slogan, and spread them around the community to show support for the family. After much prayer and support from the local community and churches the family has grown strong together as Becca endured a stem cell transplant in 2009 and continues her recovery.

Brad and his family enjoy spending time outdoors camping and fishing. Brad also hunts with Jayson, raises bonsai trees, and spends a lot of time with Rebecca coaching and watching the kids play soccer, baseball, dance, and basketball.

One of Brad’s favorite verses is found in Joshua 24:15:

“But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

Brad Thompson
Shawna Craft  (Cornerstone Kids Director)  Send E-mail to Shawna Craft
Shawna was born and raised in the Yuba/Sutter area. She accepted Christ as her savior in 1988. Shawna graduated from Lindhurst High School in 1993 and Yuba Community College in 1995 with an associate’s degree in Mass Communications. Shawna and Clarence met while attending the same church and were married in July 1994. They have four children, Devin, Sydney, Blake and McKenna. In 2005, Shawna returned to college and graduated in 2007 from Western Governors University with a Bachelor’s degree of Interdisciplinary Studies and received a California Teaching Credential for Multiple subjects.

Shawna is Director of Children's Ministry. Shawna also volunteers in a variety of other areas including working with the Youth Ministry, can run the soundboard and helps out with multimedia needs.

Shawna Craft
Amy Smith  (Worship Director)  Send E-mail to Amy Smith
Amy and her husband James have been attending Cornerstone since October of 2008 when the Air Force moved them here from Naples, Italy. They have three daughters Brittany, Leah, Miriam and the newest addition, Isabelle. Amy has been involved in many areas of ministry from infants, to children, to women’s ministry, to worship, to church secretary in churches everywhere the Air Force has sent them.

Psalm 30: 11-12 “You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that I may sing to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever.”

Amy extends an open invitation to join the Worship Team. The door is always open for new vocalists, musicians, sound technicians, etc. Let Amy know of your your interest!

Amy Smith
Diane Smalley  (Finances/Human Resources)  Send E-mail to Diane Smalley
Diane is celebrating her 18th year on staff this year. She serves as our Office, Finance & Human Resource Administrator. Diane has been involved in numerous ministries and has served on many committees since she began attending Cornerstone in October of 1989.

Diane and Jim married in June 1978. They have two grown children, Laura and Robert; and have two beautiful grandchildren, Hailey and Tyler. Diane’s family enjoys travel, camping and time with extended family and friends.

One of Diane’s favorite verses is Ex 15:2 NIV

"The LORD is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise Him, my father's God, and I will exalt Him.

Diane Smalley
Pam Jensen  (Office Assistant)  Send E-mail to Pam Jensen
Jensen has joined our team as our new Office Assistant!

Pam has been a devoted member of our church family for over 17 years.  She has one daughter, Susan, who is a Yuba County Sheriff-Deputy.  Pam accepted Christ as her savior when she was 8 years old.  She has worked with the Youth Group and was also a Sunday School teacher for the 4-5 year olds for over 10 years. 

For the past 3 years, she has been a dedicated office volunteer, giving her time on a weekly basis to partner with Diane in processing the offering, helping with various mailings, and other projects as requested.  

As we continue to realign our needs with the office tasks, Pam will take over a portion of the front desk duties, as well as continue to process the offerings.  She is available in the office Tuesday - Friday from 9am to 2pm. 

Pam is grateful for the opportunity to work in the office and serve the wonderful people of Cornerstone!

Pam Jensen
Most members of our staff can be reached via E-mail or please feel free to contact us through our contact form.