Deacons of Cornerstone

RBRyan Byers

Ryan was born in Grand Rapids, MI, and then lived for 13 years in Overland Park, KS before moving to Mooresville, NC. He attended the University of North Carolina where he met his beautiful wife, Gwen, who was from Delaware County. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2001 and began to work with a large investment company in the area where, for the past several years, has worked as an Enterprise Risk Manager. During this time, he also became a Certified Public Accountant. While he grew up in a church-going home, he would say his faith in the Lord Jesus did not really begin to materialize until after college. Ryan and Gwen started dating after college and were married in 2002. They have 3 children that keep them busy with sports and school activities. Over the years, Ryan has seen God do some incredible things in his life, things that can really only be explained by His presence. He enjoys working with kids and seeing how our Lord uses them each and every day in preparing them for their future.

OFOrval Foraker

Orval grew up in the small town of Marshallton, Delaware. Increasing service and devotion to his Savior Jesus Christ is the pattern of his life. Graduation from college led to 40+ years as an educator at all levels from teacher, to administrator, to district and state department positions. He is currently retiring from teaching at the University of Delaware as an adjunct professor for the Library Media Specialists Program and serves as chair of the deacons. Orval is married to his wife Margie and together they serve the Lord through various ministries, but are most excited about the work they do to coordinate volunteers and meals for Family Promise, a program that provides meals and housing for homeless families.

Orval has three adult sons and lives in West Grove, Pennsylvania

Bobby Hagerty

Bobby was born and raised in a Christian home as the youngest of six children in Wilmington, DE.  He graduated from McKean high school and went right into completing his HVAC Apprenticeship.  He has been working in the HVAC industry for over 30 years.  Most of that time (24 years) was spent at the General Motors plant in DE until the plant closed in 2009.  After 15 months of unemployment, the Lord provided an HVAC job at Boeing, where he is currently employed.   

 He has been married to his beautiful wife Sara for 17 years. They are blessed to have two wonderful children who remind them daily of the Lord’s love and sovereignty in our lives.

Bobby and his family live in Newark, DE, just miles away from where he and Sara each grew up.

 He and his family love Cornerstone and have been calling it their church home since January of 2002.  He serves as a deacon, plays guitar/sings on the Praise team, and enjoy teaching Children’s Church with Sara.


Joe Irwin

Joe Irwin and his wife Jamie have been attending Cornerstone since moving to Landenberg from California in 2004. They have three children. Joe is an engineer at a major aerospace company with a Bachelors of Science from Penn State University and a Masters of Science Degree from the University of Southern California. He is a deacon at Cornerstone and is involved in the Boys’ Life, Hospitality, and Information Technology ministries.


AMAlex Mull

Alex grew up in New Jersey and has lived in Elkton, Maryland for the past 10 years. As a freshman at the University of Delaware, through Intervarsity, Alex was first presented the Gospel and began his personal relationship with Christ in the fall of 1992. He was very fortunate to be surrounded by faithful believers at the University of Delaware who helped him understand what having a personal relationship with Christ meant. Alex and his wife Julie have been attending Cornerstone since 1999, with a short break after moving out of the area before returning in 2004. God has blessed them with two children.

At Cornerstone Alex has been actively involved in Christian Service Brigade since its inception in 1998, serving in several positions – Ranger, Lieutenant and most recently as Captain. Alex also maintains the Cornerstone website, serves as an usher and manages the second softball team from Cornerstone that participates in the Southern Chester County Church Softball league. 

 CWCraig Wellman

As a 75-year old, Craig has had a lot of experience knowing God. That gives him some perspective on his faith that he did not always recognize along the way.

God blessed him by putting him in a Christian home at birth. His father was a Presbyterian minister and a fine preacher. Craig’s father and his mother helped develop his faith at home. In retrospect, one thing that was very helpful was family devotions — reading a chapter of the Bible every night. That gave him a good overview of the whole Bible. He also got Christian leadership experience in a church youth group. Of course no one inherits salvation. He asked Jesus Christ to come into his heart at Sandy Cove’s Boys Camp when he was eight and he has sought to grow in faith and spiritual maturity ever since.

At the University of Delaware, he became active in Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship when he realized that, for his faith to survive and grow, he had to join a Christian group.

He is married to his wonderful wife Anne and the Lord has blessed them with three children, two born to them and one adopted from Guyana. They are now grown and married. Two are active members and leaders in their churches and Craig and Anne have five grandchildren. Over the years Craig and Anne have been active members of several churches. In each they have sought to serve the Lord through various ministries and offices.

Following graduation from U of D, Craig worked as an electrical engineer and eventually became a senior consultant in DuPont and a Fellow in IEEE. After retiring, Craig did independent consulting for several years but now primarily focuses on volunteer work at Cornerstone. He enjoys serving as a Deacon and the secretary and records manager of any committee that will have him.