Our Mentors

Stephan Bauman

Stephan Bauman is the Executive Director of Cornerstone Trust, a Foundation serving the least resourced and accessible places of the world. Prior to working in philanthropy, Stephan served as President and CEO of World Relief, an international relief and development organization partnering with the global Church to serve more five million vulnerable people each year. World Relief is also the founder and convener of The Justice Conference. Stephan’s pursuit of justice led him to transition from a successful career in the Fortune 100 sector to Africa where he directed relief and development programs for nearly a decade before returning to the United States to lead World Relief’s global operations.  Stephan lives to see people everywhere rise to the call of justice and give their lives in ways that empower the poor towards real change, a journey he continues to pursue. Stephan holds degrees from Johns Hopkins University, Wheaton College and the University of Wisconsin. He is the author of Possible: A Blueprint for Changing How We Change the World and Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis. Stephan considers his African friends his most important teachers, and his wife, Belinda, his most important mentor. Stephan, Belinda, and their two sons, Joshua and Caleb, live near Grand Rapids Michigan where they enjoy the woods, the arts and late night conversations with friends.