Pastoral Leadership

Our pastors provide leadership, direction, and care for the church community.
All of our pastors serve the church by praying, teaching, counseling, and discipling.

Scott Mehl

Pastor

Scott is the husband to Lara and father to Harper, Addison, Lincoln, and Skylar. His passion for the lost and for God’s work in and through the local church brought him to West LA in 2005, and that same passion has allowed the city to truly become his family’s earthly home. Scott serves the church as a part of the preaching team and by overseeing leadership development, global ministries, and counseling/discipleship.

Brian Colmery

Pastor

Brian moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to attend UCLA. After meeting Scott in seminary, the two planted Shoreline Church in Fall 2005. Over the next several years Brian married his wife, Chrissie, had a daughter, Quinn, and Cornerstone WLA was born. They've added a son, Weston, and have become foster and then adoptive parents to Olivia, Caroline, and Benjamin. Brian serves the church as a part of the preaching team and by overseeing preaching & Sunday morning services.

Matt Kleinhans

Pastor

Matt is married to his high school sweetheart, Nicole. He has served as a pastor in a variety of areas since 2011: homeless outreach, family ministries, preaching and teaching, pathway ministries, community groups, and leadership development. Matt and Nicole have four kids: Owen, Zoe, Caleb, and Baylee, and they live in Mar Vista. Matt currently serves Cornerstone by overseeing Pathway Ministries, Community Groups, and Church Planting/Multiplication.

Jim Leonard

Pastor

Jim loves the opportunity to connect people to Jesus Christ, as well as enabling Christians to find new and excellent ways of living out their relationship with God. He is married to Karen and they have one son, Steven. Jim serves Cornerstone through pastoral care and by overseeing internal ministries and administration.

Ara Torosian

Pastor

Ara was born and raised in Iran. He came with his wife, Anet, to the United States as a refugee in 2010. They have two children, Emily and Evan. Ara has a passion for church planting, and has planted and pastored churches in the US, Turkey and Iran. He speaks Farsi, Armenian, and English. Ara serves Cornerstone by leading Cornerstone Farsi and facilitating community outreach.

José González

Pastor

José was born in Guatemala and came to Los Angeles to pursue higher education. While attending this church, he met the love of his life, Becky. They are the proud parents of Sara, Daniel and Michael. José’s passion is that people may experientially know God and His beloved Son Jesus Christ, while living a transformed life in the power of The Holy Spirit . José serves by overseeing the Cornerstone Español Family.

Reggie Austin

Pastor (Non-vocational)

Reggie is honored to serve Cornerstone as a non-vocational elder. Originally from New York, Reggie moved out to Los Angeles in 2005 with his wife Nicole to pursue his career as an actor. Since moving, they have put down roots in Culver City where they live with their children Adina, Maya and Sam. Whether it’s on a film set or in church on Sunday, Reggie relishes the opportunity to point people to the surpassing worth of knowing Jesus.

Dustin Platte

Pastor (Non-vocational, future church plant)

Dustin grew up in southern Minnesota, and is married to Sarah, his lifelong tennis rival and fellow Waseca High School graduate (go Bluejays!). Upon graduating from the University of Minnesota, he moved to Los Angeles to study at The Master's Seminary and started attending Cornerstone West LA. He now serves at Cornerstone as a non-vocational elder and through the counseling ministry, while also working as an engineer for a logistics software company. Dustin will be joining the team being sent to the Jefferson Park and South LA neighborhoods to plant Shalom LA Church.

Chris Woolsey

Pastor (Non-vocational)

Chris was born in the Midwest and other than a six-year stint in Sacramento has lived the rest of his life in Southern California. Chris became a Christian in a Comparative Religions class in college and moved down to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. After working for a number of years as an actor, Chris began working in the tech industry and currently works for an entertainment company. He and his wife Nicole have two kids, Cassidy and Connor. Serving the family at Cornerstone as a non-vocational pastor is one of the greatest joys of his life.

Demetrius Nathan

Pastor (future church plant)

Demetrius grew up in Washington state. He moved in 2002 to attend The Master’s University, but later transferred to Eternity Bible College. Before entering vocational ministry, Demetrius worked in the mental health field working with at-risk youth and their families. Around this time, he met his lovely wife, Estela. Demetrius then served as the Youth Director at a church in southern California, and studied at Talbot Theological Seminary. He served as the Sunday Service director at Cornerstone for two years, and is currently one of the church planting pastors to be sent to the Jefferson Park and South LA neighborhoods to plant Shalom LA Church.

Danny Neiditch

Pastor (Non-vocational, future church plant)

Danny is a native Angelino and has lived in LA his entire life. He graduated from The Master's University in 2006 and is currently getting a master’s degree in Biblical Counseling. He has been working at Cornerstone since 2014 as part of the Family Ministries team and later as the Event Coordinator. His current full-time work is with Prodigal Sons Inc., a non-profit aimed at ministering to gang members through the context of local churches. He will be joining the church planting team that is heading to the Jefferson Park and South LA neighborhoods as one of the pastors of Shalom LA Church.