Justin Ellis, Minister of Music
Justin Ellis was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. He began playing the piano in his local church at the age of 15. After studying at the University of North Florida, he entered into full time ministry traveling across the United States and around the world in various gospel music ministries. Justin began working at Cornerstone Church in 2010 as the Orchestra Director and currently serves as the Minister of Music.
Those in choir and orchestra are privileged to be indoctrinated in what we most affectionately term "Justin-isms", English language according to Justin!
"Good Night A-Livin'"
"Hold tight to the cross, chitlin!"
"Let's knock some cobwebs off of it!"
"That note was taken out of the devils playground!"
and our all time favorite heard many times weekly:
"That jus' blesses the fire outta me!"
and ... there are whole mess more as in
"a whole mess of catfish!"
In his free time, Justin enjoys finding new restaurants, traveling and liberal doses of Duck Dynasty!
Follow him on Twitter: @JBEKeysplayer
Lauren Garcia is a San Antonio native and was raised in Cornerstone Church. She is an alumnus of Cornerstone Christian Schools as well as Oral Roberts University where she received her Bachelors of Science in Worship Arts. Lauren has worked at Cornerstone Church since she was 14 years old and currently serves in the Music Department as the Assistant to the Choir and Orchestra Director. Lauren is also a part of the Sunday Night Praise Team, Cornerstone Choir and teaches at Cornerstone Christian Schools as the Praise Band Director.
Lauren has passion for worship and a love for people. She enjoys spending time with her husband, with her friends, and leading worship.
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Monica Kiss is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. Born and raised into a conservative Christian home, she began her music career at the age of twelve playing clarinet in junior high school. After suffering a knee injury her freshman year in high school and unable to participate in marching band, she chose to participate in choir as an alternative. This choice led her to discover her gift for voice. At the age of fourteen, she began studying classical voice formally.
Monica earned her bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Texas State University and has over twenty-four years of voice training specializing in operatic voice. She has had performance experiences in opera theatre with Texas State University, the University of Memphis, Memphis Vocal Arts Ensemble, and Opera Memphis as well as solo performances at other venues.
Monica now devotes her time and talents to her Lord Jesus Christ in vocal performance and the training of her private students here at Cornerstone.