Simply put, Cornerstone wants to change lives by spreading Jesus' good news to others and help bring His kingdom to earth through service and social justice.
At Cornerstone we do our best in teaching, action, and belief to follow the mission of Jesus of Nazareth. His Word and His spirit are what guide us. As a foundation, we believe that all humans are broken and are in need of saving, we believe that Jesus' sacrifice and resurrection allow us to find healing and eventually redemption through God's grace, and we believe that The Bible is inspired by God and wholly trustworthy. Together we work to figure out the rest of the details. Ultimately, to paraphrase St. Augustine, we strive for unity in the essentials, freedom in the non-essentials, and charity in all things.
Seth Kerlin is the bearded guy you will see at the front of the church, otherwise referred to as the head pastor. He became a follower of Jesus in his early twenties through the witness of one of his high school teachers. After deciding to pursue church ministry, he earned a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from the University of Illinois and a Master’s of Divinity from Regent College in British Columbia.
He began his ministry vocation as a worship pastor at an Episcopalian Church in Kapolei, Hawaii. He then returned to his hometown of Urbana where he served as the worship and youth pastor at New Covenant Fellowship for four years. During that time Seth and his wife Laura felt the calling to start their own church. In the summer of 2010 they founded Cornerstone Fellowship.
Seth and Laura have been married since 2002 and have two young children. Laura works half-time for L’Arche, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing homes and support networks for people with developmental disabilities, and puts up with Seth’s bad jokes the rest of the time. When Seth isn’t preparing for services, he enjoys Biblical archeology, science fiction, and playing with his kids. He also helps keep Cornerstone afloat by working half-time at the Urbana Free Library circulation desk.