I learned on Easter Sunday that one of my mentors and friends, Steve Fernandez, went to be with the Lord. He was the pastor of Community Bible Church in Vallejo, CA as well as the President of The Cornerstone Seminary. Pretty much from day one of my tenure at Cornerstone, Steve was willing to invest in, pray for, and counsel me in my life. We had several lunches together and according to my friends in California, Steve would continue to ask about me even after we moved to Kansas. His encouragement of me was huge and helpful, even as we navigated through some difficult times in California.
His passion for Jesus was evident and forefront in his life and ministry. I can't sing at church any more without thinking about Steve (and how he sung) and his desire for Christ to be seen as glorious everywhere.
I've embedded a sermon of his from the 2011 graduation ceremonies of The Cornerstone Seminary. You'll get a good flavor of his heart for Christ, and preaching here. I am glad Steve is with Jesus, but I will miss him here.