Pastor Jonathan and his family came to Cornerstone UMC after pastoring churches in Springdale, Arkansas, Heber Springs, Arkansas, and Nicholasville, Kentucky. Jonathan has also been on staff at two churches serving the youth and discipleship groups. He completed his Master of Divinity degree at Asbury Theological Seminary and his Bachelor of Science degree from John Brown University. The Griesses served on the lead team of a church plant in Northwest Arkansas and lived overseas for several years as missionaries in Germany.
Jonathan has completed the Institute for Clergy and Civic Engagement, helps lead Unite jONEsboro (an interdenominational group of local faith leaders) and recently completed level 2 training as an assistant chaplain with the Jonesboro Fire Department.
He is most passionate about preaching/teaching and using “fresh” or innovative approaches to share the love of Jesus with people who are not part of a church. You can watch his past sermons (and worship services) on our YouTube channel.
When he’s not in the office or out serving the Northeast Arkansas community, you can find Jonathan playing with his kids, riding his mountain bike or tackling DIY projects around the house. You can email him at email@example.com or follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or on his website/blog, griesse.org.
Laura joined our church staff in September of 2017 as our Music Minister, leading our chancel choir and praise band and coordinating all music groups for special services.
Laura is a 2017 graduate of Delta State University and completed her Masters Degree at Arkansas State University in Collaborative Piano in May 2019. Before coming to Jonesboro, Laura served in four other United Methodist Churches in Mississippi. Laura is a Collaborative Pianist at Arkansas State and teaches piano and voice locally. Laura has a wonderful heart for leading people in worship through music and welcomes anyone who wishes to participate in music ministries at Cornerstone to join!