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Who We Are

Cornerstone Evangelical Presbyterian Church is a Christ-centered body of believers. We strive to provide a caring, encouraging atmosphere where people from all walks of life can explore and embrace Christianity. We believe in the authority and infallibility of the Bible, trusting it to reveal God's will and wisdom to all mankind.

We believe the Bible contains all of the guidelines necessary for living a joyful and purposeful life. It offers guidance in making important decisions. It tells us how to get along at home and at work. It teaches us how to date, marry, raise children, and stay married. It shows hurting people how to put their lives back together. Most important of all, it tells us how to be at peace with God and gain eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ.

As part of a family of churches known as the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, we desire to live out the spirit that is embodied in our denominational motto: "In Essentials, Unity; In Non-Essentials, Liberty; In All Things, Charity." Underneath this motto, the seal of our denomination adds, "Truth in Love."


Our Vision

Cornerstone . . . connecting our community with God, one another, and the world through the love of Christ

Our foundational truth is found in Question One of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, as follows:
Q:  What is the chief end of man?
A:  Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever!

Accordingly, WE ENVISION: A WORSHIP COMMUNITY meeting in regular gatherings to celebrate corporately the glory, grace and goodness of our God, the Maker of Heaven and Earth.  Led by the Holy Spirit, we are committed to worship characterized by Spirit-led joy and dignity appropriate for those coming into the presence of the Living God. We are joyously compelled to worship our God with music befitting the adoration of the King, the  celebration  of the sacraments  and  the  proclamation  of  the Word  of  God.   We  humbly  seek  Him  that  our worship may be pleasing in His sight and devoid of man-centered excess and any activities drawing the celebrant away from the centrality and marvel of God Himself.

WE  ENVISION: A  LEARNING  COMMUNITY informed  by  the  Bible,  understood  to  be  the Word  of  God  and applicable in all matters for the leading of a productive and Christ-centered way of life.  The Scriptures are to be proclaimed, taught and applied in every ministry of the church to and for all age groups.  Thus, we are dedicated to excellence in education throughout our church programs and in our Cornerstone Christian School where Christ is exalted and children will enjoy academic excellence.

WE  ENVISION: A  DISCIPLE-MAKING  COMMUNITY in  which  all  believers  are  continually  encouraged  and exhorted  to  avail  themselves  of  opportunities  to  honor  the  Lord  Jesus  Christ  and  His  command  to  “make disciples” i.e. “students” of the Son of God.  It is our certain conviction that the genuine church may only please Christ if it produces true disciples growing in grace and studiously examining and applying the Word of God in their daily lives. 

WE ENVISION: A SERVING COMMUNITY committed to meeting the needs of one another and the community
whenever possible.  Our desire is to promote an attitude of dying to self as evidenced by concern for one another, those who remain in a state of spiritual lostness, the suffering, the poor and the marginalized in our society.

WE ENVISION: A MISSIONS-MINDED COMMUNITY passionately engaged in sharing the Gospel in our region, nation and worldwide.  By God’s grace, we will commit substantial funding to MISSIONS resting in the promise of our Lord that He will always look with favor upon such ministries as it was His command to take the Gospel to all nations.

FINALLY WE ENVISION: A WELL-MANAGED CHURCH COMMUNITY whose ministries are overseen by Ruling and Teaching Elders and a  professional staff.  The leadership of Cornerstone serves as trustees of God’s resources.  Hence, we must embrace sound financial oversight, vigorous stewardship in the maintenance of our facilities and property, as well as prayerful, active shepherding of the Cornerstone flock.  May it please God that we never lose sight of His goodness to us as we enjoy His generous provisions of all that we have been given.

“Soli Deo Gloria” - “To God Alone be the Glory!”



What We Believe

Cornerstone Evangelical Presbyterian Church communicates God's profound love for all people by pointing to the Cross of Jesus Christ. Ours is the message of an amazing grace so powerful and pure that no sinner is beyond redemption.

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-- not by works, so that no one can boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)

We stand in the Reformed tradition of the historic Christian church, and subscribe to the doctrinal truths expressed in the Westminster Confession of Faith.


Our History

Our history has been an exciting one proclaiming God's faithfulness and determination to build His church. From small beginnings rooted in a Bible study in a Brighton family's living room, to our present facilities on Hilton Road, God has been at work!

With a few like-minded visionaries drawn together under the guiding influence of the late Dr. Bartlett L. Hess, Cornerstone was birthed in 1986 as a "daughter" of Ward Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Livonia (today located in Northville.) Meeting initially at Maltby Middle School, the church body moved into its newly constructed place of worship in September, 1991. As our faith community continued to grow, God enabled the expansion of our facilities with six separate building phases, including a classroom wing and chapel, the addition of a Youth Wing to be home to our Middle & High School ministry and Hess Hall, a multipurpose gym.
The vision for a Christian school to provide excellence in education with a Biblical worldview had long been on our hearts. Again, God was at work! Cornerstone Christian School opened in 1999 with students enrolled in Grades K-3 and in 2008 a full-day Kindergarten and Cornerstone Preschool were added. Today the school's program includes over 200 students through grade 8.
In every area of ministry, God has given growth and maturity. Yet our initial vision remains the same: to know Christ and to make Him known. To that end, Cornerstone has a vigorous commitment to both domestic and international missions. As part of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC), Cornerstone stands in the Reformed protestant tradition of historic Christianity. We emphasize the authority and infallibility of the Bible, the sovereignty of God, and the teaching of Jesus that we must be born again.
As we look to Cornerstone's future, we recall the exciting words of the Apostle Paul:
" it is written:
'No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
no mind has conceived what God has prepared
for those who love Him...' "