Elders & Staff

The Pastors, Elders and Staff here at Cornerstone are made up of a team that truly enjoy serving our Lord and having the opportunity to do so together. If you have questions or would like to talk to any of our Pastors or Elders, please feel free to send them an e-mail or call the church office, they would love the opportunity to talk with you.

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Derek DeGraaf

Derek DeGraaf


Derek and Candice met at Liberty University and were married in 1999 in Anchorage. Candice grew up in Alaska; Derek grew up in Michigan. After college, they both moved back to Alaska. Derek works for the State of Alaska and Candice works part time for an accountant. They have two children, Landon who is 9 and Grace who is 12 years old.

Candice attended another local church in Anchorage most of her life. Derek attended a church in Michigan until he moved to Alaska. They both started attending Cornerstone over five years ago. Both have grown significantly in their faith and love the fellowship of their local church family.  Candice is involved in the Women’s Ministry and Worship Arts Team. Derek plays guitar and bass in the worship band and teaches in the 4/5’s Sunday school class. They lead a life group in East Anchorage and love living in community with their Cornerstone Church family.

They enjoy the Alaskan outdoors and four wheeling with their family. Derek and Candice love to see others mature in their faith, and are blessed and privileged to serve with their church family in Anchorage.