Get to Know the Shepherding Board

Get to Know the Shepherding Board

The Shepherding Board consists of experienced ministry team members from various branches of The Cornerstone. While they share in their love for the Word of God, for God’s people and for The Cornerstone Scripture Study, they reflect the diversity of The Cornerstone membership in age, professional and community service backgrounds and branch representation. With prayer and God’s help the mission of the Shepherding Board is to:
• Establish, implement and oversee guidelines and policies to insure the integrity of The Cornerstone.
• Facilitate the growth of The Cornerstone.
• Discern the spiritual direction for The Cornerstone through prayer and consensus of members.

Listed below are the current members of the Shepherding Board along with one of their favorite scripture verses.


Carol Benoist, Annunziata Branch – St. Louis, Missouri, member since 1988

Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. – James 4:8. (NABRE)

This verse is my current favorite! When we turn away from God- and then draw near to God again- God will always draw near to us! The word of God is indeed living and creative and can truly give us a new heart. Reading, writing and speaking these words is a miracle in our lives!


Cathy Bordages, Mission Branch – San Juan Capistrano, California, member since 2005

When I found your words, I devoured them; your words were my joy, the happiness of my heart. – Jeremiah 15:16a. (NABRE)

God’s Word is my daily bread. I cannot get enough. Through study with faith filled men and women, worship has more meaning. I recognize God’s love and His Word in music, prayers, church history, the Mass and the sacraments. Most exciting is my relationship with God continues to grow and deepen.


Kathleen DuMontier, St. Clare Branch – O’Fallon, Illinois, member since 2007

Before I formed you in your mother’s womb I knew/chose you. Before you were born I set you apart. I appointed you to be a prophet to the nations. – Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV)

God spoke these words to Jeremiah but my heart is filled with joy when I read these words and hear them spoken to me. God has a purpose for me on this earth. I seek ways to discover that purpose each day. Spending time in daily prayer and His Word through the discipline of daily Bible Study has encouraged me to stay on track with His Will conforming mine to HIS.


Dan Johnson, Mary Queen of Peace (MQP) Branch – St. Louis, Missouri, member since 2006

Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?” Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” – John 6:67-68 (NABRE)

This passage plainly speaks to the undeniable truth that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior.   Nothing else the world offers can satisfy our longing.  Only Jesus can fill the God shaped hole in our soul.  Like the  apostles, we understand that the way of the cross is difficult and the world will tempt us to stray; but when we choose Christ we experience a peace that the world cannot provide. Jesus indeed has the words of eternal life.


Laura  Patton Kozak, Mary Queen of Peace (MQP) Branch – St. Louis, Missouri, member since 2008

…knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance, proven character, and proven character, hope, and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the holy Spirit that has been given to us. – Romans 5:3-5 (NABRE)

This is the verse that brought me to the Cornerstone. This verse reminds me that we all need God, prayer, and a community to walk with us on this journey of living, of becoming what God desires for us, and that we are called to endure, grow in God, and always hope in God’s promises.


Mark Mersmann, Mary Queen of Peace (MQP) Branch – St. Louis, Missouri, member since 2014

It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. – John 15:16 (NABRE)

This verse reminds me that God has a plan for my life and that plan includes the call to be fruitful in sharing God’s love with others and to grow in my trust that God will provide all that I need to follow His plan.


Mike Robert, Mary Queen of Peace (MQP) Branch – St. Louis, Missouri, member since 2001

… do everything for the glory of God. – 1 Corinthians 10:31 (NABRE)

This is one of my favorite verses because it tells us the goal of each and every decision that we make and every action we take.  They should bring glory to God, not to ourselves. As we grow toward loving God more and ourselves less, we become more like our Savior, Jesus, who showed us the ultimate act of selflessness by dying so that we might live.


Mary Steck, Annunziata Branch – St. Louis, Missouri, member since 2009

I am the vine, you are the branches.  Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing. – John 15:5 (NABRE)

This is the verse that made my faith come alive.  I thought that going to church was all I had to do to please God and that the rest of my life belonged to me.  These words opened my mind to God’s desire to love and guide me to a fulfilling life.