Meet Shawn, Our Lead 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.


Hello! I am Brandon Rukes, and I would be what some would call the Worship Arts Director, or Worship Leader, or that one guy that is always on stage. But after looking at what I will be involved in at GFCC, I chose the title of lead worshiper. This is because I fully believe that it is my great opportunity and responsibility to bring people into God's presence on a Sunday morning (or any other time we meet), and realize that I am merely a fellow brother in Christ, coming alongside you to worship. 

In the things that I will be in charge of (sound, lights, songs, atmosphere, hospitality, run of service, and other special projects), I need to focus on bringing everything back to the reason why we are doing what we are doing... to best worship our Lord. 

I look forward to hearing from each of you and getting to know you. If we haven't met, or if you are interested in joining the worship team, please seek me out on Sunday! In the meantime, here are a couple things to know about me:

  • I typically have red hair... except right now, as my hair has migrated from the top of my head to my beard. 
  • I have lived in Griffith nearly all my life, and I have been attending GFCC since I was enrolled in the God, Me, & ABC Preschool.
  • I have two cats (Batman & Robin), one foster cat (Merlin), and one dog (Beau). He's a lover, not a fighter.
  • I currently work at Purdue University Northwest, where I am the Honors College's Director of Operations. 
  • I graduated with a degree in Accounting & Finance, and currently I assist the church in running the finance ministry as well.
  • As Shawn can attest to, I am a avid fan of meat. Cassie, on the other hand, is a veggie person.
  • Speaking of Cassie, I have been married to my lovely wife for over 3 years now (June 22nd, 2014). She's great! You should meet her. She's also a nurse who is going to graduate school to receive her Master's Degree.
  • My favorite Disney Character would have to be Genie from Aladdin.