Meet Shawn, Our Senior Pastor

My name is Shawn Cornett and I am the Senior Pastor here at Griffith First Christian. I am married to Shannon and we have a son named Jonathan. I am a graduate of Lincoln Christian College in Lincoln, Illinois and have done post-graduate work at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. I have been the pastor here at Griffith since May of 2007 and we love serving God here!

Other tidbits of info:

  • My wife Shannon is also a graduate of Lincoln Christian College. 
  • I am a huge football fan. I root for the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame and the Green Bay Packers. 
  • I also root for the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Blackhawks. 
  • You can follow me on twitter.
  • I blog at The Lavished Pauper at
  • You can friend me on Facebook at
  • I grew up in Crown Point, Indiana. 
  • I studied acting at Indiana State University before transferring to Lincoln in 1996.
  • I have been to Haiti on a short-term mission trip. 
  • My wife Shannon played college basketball and was VERY good. 
  • We got married on the day after Christmas in 1998. 
  • We have previously served congregations in Atwood, Illinois and Forest Lake, Minnesota. 
  • I was ordained in 1997 at Town and Country Christian Church in Crown Point, Indiana. 
  • My favorite book of the Bible changes from time to time, but it is usually Romans or 1 John. 
  • The first book I ever preached was Philippians. 
  • My favorite Disney character is Dug from "Up".

Meet Joel, Our Children's Pastor

Joel Langland is our Children's Pastor here at GFCC.

Joel is a graduate of Boise Bible College in Garden City, Idaho.

Before joining our staff, Joel was the preaching minister with the Alfordsville Christian Church in southern Indiana.

Joel is married to Katie and they have two sons, Titus and Sam.

He is a history buff and loves serving the Lord by teaching children about Jesus.

Joel's favorite Disney character is Aladdin.

He enjoys playing board games with people in order to get to know them better.

Meet Jeff, Our Worship Arts Director

My name is Jeffrey Hosey and I am the Worship Arts Director here at GFCC. My beautiful wife Joleen and I have been married since 2011. We have a very lazy dog named "Cash" after the man in black and a handful of chickens that like to chase him around. I have a passion for stage and lighting design and music technology in worship.

  • In our spare time my wife and I love to build and refinish furniture.

  • The only sports I follow are bull riding and lumberjack competitions, but I’m sure your team is the best and I would be a fan of them.

  • We love to do missions trips whenever possible and have been to Brazil, Belize, Grenada, Mexico and various other places.

  • I have lived in Oklahoma, Texas, and Indiana and my wife and I lived in West Virginia for a short while.

  • We love to take road trips, hike, and camp. We also love to take long trips on our motorcycle.

  • My favorite Disney character is Meeko the Raccoon from Pocahontas.

  • My favorite verse is Galatians 6:9

  • You can friend me on facebook at

  • You can follow me on twitter at

  • My first church was in Hobart, IN

  • I at one time played in a bluegrass worship band.