About Us

Our mission is to raise dollars for Lutheran ministries by growing God’s joyful managers.

Cornerstone is a team of dedicated disciples who have a deep relationship and love for their Lord Jesus. We value originality and live grace-filled lives to inspire, share and serve God's kingdom. We work collaboratively, and challenge His people to grow in the grace of giving. We are committed to understanding and teaching that it is not about raising dollars, but raising hearts through a strong relationship with our Savior. We strive to bring honor to Jesus while giving thanks to him for all things. Our team is highly approachable, flexible and resourceful - problem solving is our strength and we are eager to serve.

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Jeffrey Davis

Jeff is President and co-founder of Cornerstone Stewardship Ministry. He is an eager student of generosity, always striving to learn more so that more can be shared. Jeff is passionate about spreading the message of generosity throughout the church. He has written extensively on the subject. A gifted and proven advisor, Jeff brings over 10 years of active, full-time experience. His wide array of life experiences and an innovative spirit are assets. He loves teaching, which meshes well in serving God’s people. Jeff and his wife Sally reside in Lake Mills, Wisconsin. Jeff began Cornerstone in 2002. Contact Jeff at: 920-648-7997  or  jeff@joyfulgiving.net


Tom Grunow

Tom is co-founder of Cornerstone Stewardship Ministry having served Lutheran churches and schools since 1992 in strategic planning, stewardship and fund development. From his previous administrator roots in Florida, Texas, and Oregon, Tom still possesses a deep passion to grow Lutheran schools, high schools and colleges through creative strategies and 4th source funding. Currently he resides in Lincoln, Nebraska and serves as the Director of Biblical Generosity at Christ Lutheran Church. Contact Tom at 503-702-1345 or tom@joyfulgiving.net.


Michael Fuchs

Michael is a seasoned stewardship consultant having owned a consulting business serving Lutheran churches, schools, circuits and districts for over 18 years. He has directed 160 plus campaigns across the country and fully understands the Biblical giving process. Michael is an expert in funding and very detailed oriented. He graduated from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska in 1970. Michael’s experience also includes serving as the Director of Development for the Texas District of the LC-MS focusing on funding for missions in the state of Texas. Michael lives in Colleyville, Texas. Contact Michael at:  817-368-4438 or Michael@joyfulgiving.net

Jeff Verbecke

Jeff has a passion for educating and inspiring God’s people to live generous lives that reflect the generosity of our gracious Savior. A graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, WI, he served for 11 years in the parish ministry in both a mission setting as well as senior pastor of large, established congregation. In 2007 Jeff moved from full-time ministry to be a financial advisor, running True North Financial Partners in Appleton, WI. Jeff, his wife Becky, and their two daughters are members of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Greenville, WI. Through his experiences in parish ministry and as an investment advisor representative, Jeff sees the great potential that exists within the members of God’s church when they dive into the Word and trust our gracious God to deliver on his generous promises. You may contact Jeff at:  920-268-8783 or jeff.verbeke@joyfulgiving.net

Elton Stroh

Elton has a passion for assisting God’s people with pursuing His mission. His extensive experience serving Lutheran congregations both as a parish pastor (24 years) and as a church consultant (since 2002) provides a wide range of insights and problem solving ability in assisting churches with planning and funding. He also conducted the Turnaround Churches in the WELS research project. Elton received a M.Div. degree from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, and a D.Min. degree (leadership and ministry management) from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He and his wife Gail, a horticulturist, live in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Contact Elton at 608-837-3819 or ecstroh@frontier.com.

David Laabs

Dave spent 40 years in serving God’s people as a pastor. His passion for stewardship was formed in the late 1990's during his service as a development director at Evergreen Lutheran High School in Washington. He led his most recent congregation in Kiel, Wisconsin, in a total relocation and building project in 2004, and has been involved in various other capital campaigns with church and high schools. He also served Lutheran congregations in Alaska and Washington. Dave is married to Sharon, a business analyst, and has four grown children and nine grandchildren. You can contact Dave at (920) 901-8833 or dave@joyfulgiving.net.