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He believes Cornerstone helped prepare him for college in many ways. GCC

is known to be an academically rigorous school, and at CCS Joel was able to

develop strong study habits. GCC is a Christian college where his faith was

challenged, so it was a blessing to have a strong foundation for his beliefs

that developed while at Cornerstone. CCS’s extracurricular activity

opportunities, such as varsity soccer, basketball, and the leadership program,

made it feel natural to get involved with numerous organizations in college. He participated in a variety of ways, including intramural sports, the orientation board, a national service fraternity called Alpha Phi Omega (APO), SEAD (Students Excited About Diversity), and the American Chemical Society. Joel graduated in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in biology and a minor in psychology.

Joel is currently living in Washington, D.C., and is working at a biostatistics company as a Research Assistant. He helps create reports that doctors review to monitor the progress of cancer and disease studies. He also helps with the youth program at his church, and he serves as a live events volunteer at National Geographic. Starting next year, Joel plans to move to Recife, Brazil, for 2+ years, where he will be serving alongside a Christian organization called South America Mission. His primary role will be to help lead a soccer and devotionals outreach program for young boys. He will likely be involved with their music ministry and outreach to juvenile delinquents, as well. God has given Joel a heart to work with kids for His kingdom, and he’s excited to have that opportunity in Brazil. He says, “It is a truly awesome experience and a blessing to look back at where God has directed my life thus far and to know God’s got my future in His hands!”

Joel is demonstrating that following God’s call is an exciting adventure! Our mission at CCS is “to engage and educate young people to know Christ and be equipped to impact the world for God’s Kingdom.” We rejoice that Joel, along with many of our alumni, are achieving that goal!


If you know other alumni who would be willing to share their stories with us, please have them contact Dawn Snellenberger at

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Joel Kearney, CLASS OF 2014



To engage and educate young people to know Christ and be equipped to impact the world for God's Kingdom.