Kristin is the director of Cornerstone and is also the lead teacher in Preschool Room #4. Kristin’s love for her Savior and for children led her to receive a Bachelor’s degree from Martin Luther College in 2007 with a double major in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. Kristin has served as a director and lead teacher at early learning centers in Winston-Salem, NC and Manhattan, KS.
Kristin comes from a large family. Because her five siblings are spread throughout the United States, travel is one of her favorite things! Her travels to visit family includes spending time with her 16 nieces and nephews.
Believing that children are a gift from God and that childcare is a partnership between the caregiver and parents, one of Kristin’s joys is supporting families. She is readily available and eager to share and ideas and information with parents. She is excited to be at Cornerstone and to partner with your family!
Crystal is Cornerstone’s Administrative Assistant. She joined the Cornerstone family in January 2017. Prior to Cornerstone she was a stay-at-home mom for 3 1/2 years and was active in many many play dates, a book club, Mom’s group and a Women of Faith group. She lives in Hugo with her husband, son and now a baby on the way! (due in January 2018)
My name is Michelle Casemore and I am the lead teacher in the Infant Room at Cornerstone Early Learning Center. I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Liberal Arts degree in Biology, Society, and the Environment and a minor in History of Science, Technology and Medicine. I have worked at Cornerstone since November 2015, and have been the lead infant teacher since May 2016.
I come from a large family, I have 5 wonderful sisters and 3 amazing brothers. I also have 4 nieces and 4 nephews, whom I spend most of my free time with. I also like to knit and love reading.
I look forward to getting to know you and your family and assist in the growth and development of your child!
Mariah is the lead teacher in the transition classroom at Cornerstone. She has enjoyed working with Cornerstone since February of 2015. She went to Bethel University for two years and has since traveled and been certified as a yoga (vinyasa) instructor through CorePower Yoga. Mariah grew up on the Fond Du Lac Reservation and in the time not spent teaching she enjoys spending time with her family up north, traveling, camping, painting, reading, practicing yoga, and learning new hobbies.
After graduating from Martin Luther College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education, Rebecca joined the Cornerstone teaching staff. Over the years, Rebecca gained much experience through part time work at an Early Learning Center in New Ulm, MN.
Rebecca is originally from Bloomer, WI. She has a wide variety of hobbies and interests. Some of these include making jewelry, drawing, and other artistic pursuits. She also enjoys spending time outside when the weather is nice!
After graduating from the University of Northwestern-St. Paul with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education Karissa started her role as the lead preschool teacher in our new preschool room. Karissa has been a part of the Cornerstone family since 2015 and has enjoyed every moment of getting to know the children and their families! It has been a blessing to Karissa to be able to serve as a teacher here at Cornerstone and she is excited to see His work in their classroom and the lives of the children!
Karissa has a love for the outdoors and enjoys going camping, fishing, traveling to new places and exploring what the Lord has created! Karissa has been able to serve on two missions trips which has brought her love of travel and helping others together! Karissa also has a passion for making art whether it be through painting, drawing or doing different projects here and there!
Cornerstone is currently looking for qualified teachers, assistant teachers and aides. If you would like to download an application, please click on this link.
Christ Lutheran Church Staff – Cornerstone is a ministry of Christ Lutheran Church
Pastor Matt is our Hugo campus pastor. Matt has always believed in the benefit of a strong Christian education. He was baptized into God’s family in June of 1980 and later attended a Lutheran Elementary School and Lutheran High School. Matt continued his studies at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN. There he graduated with his Bachelor of Arts. After college Matt attended Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary where he received his Masters of Divinity.
In 2006, Christ Lutheran Church called Pastor Hennig to focus on outreach efforts in Hugo, youth ministry, and shared preaching and teaching responsibilities. Matt and his wife Karen have been blessed with three boys who bring constant joy and excitement to their home! Their family enjoys running, camping, hiking, traveling, and exploring God’s beautiful creation. They are excited to be an active part of Christ Lutheran and Cornerstone’s ministry.
Pastor Mark Wessel was born and baptized in Red Wing and raised in New Ulm, Minnesota. He grew up with five siblings in a college home at Dr. Martin Luther College (now MLC) where his father taught for over three decades. He attended Northwestern College in Watertown, WI. where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1982. More importantly, there he met his future wife, Mary, whom he married in 1985. Mark graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI. in 1986 and was assigned to St. John’s Ev. Lutheran in Dowagiac, Michigan. There God blessed them with three children: Laura, Ethan and Samuel. The family later moved to Grove City, Ohio for eight years and most recently Mark served as pastor in Sparta, Wisconsin.
In the summer of 2016, the couple came to Christ Lutheran Church. Pastor Wessel and his wife enjoy serving God’s people through His Word and music. Mark welcomes the return to his home turf of Minnesota and looks forward to serving the greater Twin Cities’ area of God’s kingdom. He also enjoys the outdoors, fishing and sports. At this time Pastor and Mary are thankful and delighted to be grandparents of two grandchildren as well.
God bless you in Jesus!
Pastor Mittelstadt was born and baptized into God’s family in Hartford, WI in 1967. He grew up with his parents and two brothers on a farm outside the small town of Juneau, WI. He graduated from Northwestern Preparatory School and then from Northwestern College. His instruction in God’s Word continued at Wisconsin Luther Seminary where he received his Masters of Divinity.
Pastor Mittelstadt began his ministry at Resurrection Lutheran of Maumee, OH where he served 14 happy years. In 2006, he joined the Christ Lutheran pastoral staff and focuses on elders, counseling and administration. Jeff and his wife Krista have six children. In addition to the joy of serving as a pastor, Jeff enjoys outdoor activities such as volleyball, soccer and a few leaps on the family trampoline!
Tracy is our office administrator. Tracy helps coordinate ministry between the two campuses and serves as a vital communication link. Tracy attended Christ Lutheran School in NSP and later graduated from St. Croix Lutheran in West St. Paul. She received her degree from Mankato State and joined the Christ Lutheran Staff in 2007.
Mark is the principal for our K-8 school in North St. Paul. Mark grew up in the small town of Medford, WI. He comes from a long line of church workers. His grandfather was a pastor and both parents were Christian Elementary School teachers. He graduated from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN in 1983 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.
Mark has taught 6-7th grades in Milwaukee, 3rd-5th grades in Pomona, CA, and for the last 21 years has taught various grade levels at Christ Lutheran. Mark is currently the 7th grade home room teacher and has been serving as principal of Christ Lutheran for the past 12 years. When the weather cooperates, Mark enjoys relaxing rides on his Harley.