Meet our Staff

Rev. Kathleen McMurray, Senior Pastor

Kathleen McMurray began as the Senior Pastor of Cornerstone July 2017. 

She grew up in Little Rock, AR, and graduated from Parkview Arts/Science Magnet. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors and a BA in Theater Studies from Louisiana State University and holds a Masters of Divinity Degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

Before serving under pastoral appointment, Kathleen worked at Ozark Mission Project, First United Methodist Church Little Rock, and Park Ridge Community Church in Park Ridge, IL. She also spent one year in Thailand working with Borderless Friendship Foundation. She served under appointment in Conway, AR, and was ordained in the Arkansas Annual Conference in 2016 before coming to Cornerstone.


Rev. Sam Meadors, Secondary Appointment  

Sam Meadors is the Director of the Wesley Foundation, our UM campus ministry presence at Arkansas State University.  As an ordained Deacon, she relates to Cornerstone as a secondary appointment.

Sam preaches regularly as needed and teaches a weekly Bible study for Wednesday Night Live.  She is energetic, passionate, and loves the Lord.  She also has a special heart for college students!

Sam has been part of the Cornerstone family since July 2015.


Joslyn Johnson, Church Administrator

Joslyn’s favorite scripture is Romans 8:28: “…We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.

She enjoys being able to help others in their ministries.  Joslyn coordinates all church scheduling, oversees administrative and secretarial duties, and is the first face most of you see when dropping by the church.

Joslyn has served since June 2015.  She and her families are faithful and active members of Cornerstone.


Christi Crawford, Minister to Youth, Children, and Families

Christi joined our church staff in January 2018 as our Minister to Youth, Children and Families. She oversees and coordinates all of our student ministries.

Christi is a graduate of Arkansas State University with a degree in Communications with a minor in Political Science. She has worked in journalism and communications and volunteered for many years in youth and children’s ministries before being called into full-time youth and children’s ministries. Christi has a heart for teaching and walking alongside young people as they grow in their faith as disciples of Jesus Christ and understand more fully the call that God has on their lives.


Laura Syc, Music Minister

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 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Delta State University and is currently pursuing her Masters Degree at Arkansas State University in Collaborative Piano. Before coming to Jonesboro, Laura has taught piano lessons for six years and served in four other United Methodist Churches in Mississippi. 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!


Andrea Newsom, Nursery Director

Andrea joined the Cornerstone staff in July 2017. She coordinates our nursery for infants to three-year-olds for all church activities.
 Andrea graduated from Arkansas State University in 2008 with a B.A. in Sociology. It was at ASU where she became involved with the Wesley, and met her husband Drake. They married in 2010, traveled the world, and have come home to raise their family. She has always enjoyed working with children and loves being able to serve in this capacity.

One of her favorite verses from the Bible is Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 and loves the quote “the days are long but the years are short.”


staffemEthel May Beall, Pianist/Accompanist


She enjoys Mozart, Bach, or Chopin, Knitting, Needle Point, Crocheting and Cooking. Her favorite thing about working at Cornerstone is the people!