Sol joined the Salt Company in the spring of 2017. Previously, he served for 6 years as the college pastor at University Fellowship Church in Eugene, Oregon. After graduating from the University of Oregon with an accounting degree, he earned a Masters of Divinity at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. For fun he likes to ride bikes, play music, and watch sci-fi thrillers. He and his wife Lizzy have been married for 5 years and they have 3 kids; Crystal (23, adopted), Israel (3), and Georgia (1).
Kendra grew up in a small town just north of Ames and met Jesus during her senior year of high school through Cornerstone’s youth ministry. She came to Iowa State in the Fall of 2006 and was fully engaged in Salt Company during her college years, before being asked to join staff in 2011. She earned her Masters degree through Midwestern and particularly enjoys leadership development and discipleship. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, being active, and making things look pretty and taste yummy.
Kourtney moved to Iowa City right after high school to join Cornerstone’s first church plant, Veritas. Her love for the gospel and reaching lost people took root. She graduated from the University of Iowa and began working full time for Salt Company U of Iowa. Kourtney began working for Cornerstone in June of 2017. Outside of the Salt Company, Kourtney loves watching thought-provoking television with her husband and playing with her silver lab, Magnolia. Her two other passions are cleaning and working out. On average, Kourtney proudly vacuums 15 minutes per day. Her gym mentality is, “It never gets easier, you just get better.” In all areas of her life, Kourtney considers herself to be intensely passionate and just a touch dramatic.
Stephen grew up in Des Moines and came to Iowa State in 2012. There, by the providence of God, he stumbled into the Freshman Kickoff and joined The Salt Company as a student. God used his friendships and the teaching at Salt Company to change his life. In 2015, Stephen graduated from ISU with a degree in Biology. He worked in an interim youth director position at a church in Des Moines for a year and a half. Stephen married his wife, Natalie, in April 2016. In August 2016, Stephen and Natalie moved back to Ames and he joined The Salt Company staff. Stephen loves his wife, burnt ends, and The Office.
TJ was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. He grew up attending church and learning about Jesus but lacking a personal relationship with Him. It wasn’t until his senior year of high school that TJ finally understood what it meant to follow Jesus. It meant to surrender his life completely to the leading of Jesus Christ, not matter the cost. By God’s grace, he chose to hand his life over to Jesus and has been following Him ever since. TJ has recently graduated from Iowa State with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in marketing and management. Following graduation, he jumped on staff with Salt Company where he serves as a Global Ministry Leader all the while studying for his Masters in Theological Studies. He enjoys reading, fishing, and anything else that allows him to get outside and enjoy God’s creation.
Linnea is originally from a small town in Illinois. But after her freshmen year of high school, her family relocated to Urbandale, Iowa. She graduated from Des Moines Christian School and then lived at home for her first semester of college. This time was the loneliest period of her life and brought her to a point where she was asking herself, “Who am I?” and “Is God actually able to save me from my brokenness?” Coming to Iowa State in the spring, she met Kendra, a salt staffer, who shared the Gospel with her. The gospel became for her the greatest story, of how Jesus was perfect for her and made her God’s child. She wanted to know more of what it looked like to know Jesus and walk with Him daily. Through the rest of her time at ISU, she was involved with The Salt Company and graduated with a degree in Child, Adult, and Family Services. She loves meeting new people, being in a city, conversational running, and swinging at the city park!
Derek’s life got flipped rightside up when he met Jesus his sophomore year of college and got plugged into the Salt Company. Shortly after, his passion for entrepreneurship led him to create CIKK Apparel. He finished his track career (400 hurdles) and graduated May of 2017 from ISU with a Bachelor’s in Marketing before jumping on staff as a resident. Derek was born in Albuquerque, NM but is really from Glenwood, IA. He likes dogs more than cats but would prefer neither. He has one tattoo, loves playing with the other staffers’ babies and enjoys waking up before most people. His favorite book is Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis); his favorite show is The Office; his favorite food is coffee; and his favorite person on staff is not Kourtney Vier. He likes meeting new people, so don’t be afraid to introduce yourself.
Abbie grew up in Ankeny, Iowa knowing who Jesus was from her parents. They taught her the Bible and demonstrated God’s love in their home while faithfully raising a family of six (crazy) kids. She surrendered her life to Jesus at a young age, but it was during her sophomore year of college at Iowa State that God completely challenged and stretched her through a God-fearing community called The Salt Company. She began to understand that being a Christ follower meant so much more than a proclamation, but that it was a lifestyle. She has loved walking alongside friends by leading connection groups and getting to lead an overseas summer team. After graduating in May 2017, Abbie jumped on The Salt Company staff and is also pursuing a Masters in Theological Studies. Some of Abbie’s favorites include: all things cozy, anything salty (pun-intended), THE PACKERS, good books by a fire and the more than occasional trampoline session.
Jesus rescued Hannah Beth as a child, but her life was shattered and re-built around Him in her teenage years. She graduated from the University of Oregon and spent a year in full-time college ministry before she heard about The Salt Company. After learning where Iowa was (thanks Google), she went to see Salt first-hand. The way the staff and students adored Jesus was infectious, and it took her less than 24 hours to ask “How fast can I move to Ames?!” In June 2017, God gave her the huge privilege of joining Salt in taking the good news of Jesus to the next generation. Hannah Beth is native to Houston, TX and was raised in Portland, OR, so Iowa has been a fun culture shock – especially the bunnies that run around literally everywhere.
Daniel Nemmers is from Des Moines, IA. At the age of 11, Daniel understood what it meant have a relationship with Jesus Christ and placed his faith in God at Iowa Regular Baptist Camp. God has given him a passion for the Gospel and joy in seeing God save the lost and broken around him. He will graduate this fall from Clarks Summit University with a Christian Ministries degree with an emphasis on pastoral work. Daniel is also currently pursuing a Masters in Theological Studies at Midwestern Theological Seminary. He and his wife Kayla have been married for two years and are expecting their first baby girl in November! He enjoys watching his dearly loved Cubs, Colts, and Cyclones and dominating (allegedly) in staff volleyball games.
Josh is from Eden Prairie, Minnesota. While he placed his trust in Jesus as a child, High School and College were very formative years for his faith in Jesus. Since first attending Salt Company his freshman year in college Josh has learned to walk in Christian community and has seen God’s love and faithfulness through the relationships he has built. He has loved leading connection groups and participating in discipleship groups over the past two years. He also spent a summer overseas in Eastern Asia. Josh will graduate from ISU with a degree in Computer Engineering this fall, and will pursue a Masters in Theological Studies as a full time CST Resident once he graduates. He enjoys hanging out with friends, reading, watching good TV, rock climbing, hiking, playing sports, long walks on the beach, and sunscreen.
Jacob grew up on a small family farm just outside of Spencer, Iowa. A passion for technology landed him at Iowa State University where he is currently working towards a degree in Computer Engineering with minors in Business Economics and Music Technology. Although active in his faith growing up, it was not until coming to college and becoming fully connected to Salt and Cornerstone that the Christian identity became his true identity. As Salt’s Production Coordinator, Jacob is responsible for stewarding the effective and creative use of production technology as a tool for pointing people to Christ. In his own words, “my job is not to create incredible experiences nor to impress or influence others; instead I serve to help our leaders bring people close to God – the only true source of change in our lives.”