The gospel is the good news for the world that Jesus lived, died, resurrected, ascended, and that He will one day return. We seek to proclaim this good news and to see it bring about reconciliation.
God has adopted us into a radical community. We are living out the implications of the gospel in our lives together as we anticipate the full coming of the Kingdom of God.
The gospel calls our community to mission—a mission that extends the invitation of Jesus to the world. We invite all people to encounter the healing power of Jesus through His beautiful gospel in the community of God’s people.
Cornerstone Anglican Church stands in the long line of Christian faith and tradition reaching back to the very earliest days of the Church. Our faith is summarized in the words of the ancient Creeds (Nicene and Apostles’), understood in their plain and historic sense.
We believe that the Holy Scriptures (Old and New Testament), as interpreted by the Church with the leading of the Holy Spirit, is the revealed Word of God and contains everything necessary for salvation. It is the ultimate standard of our faith and practice. The Book of Common Prayer informs our “lived theology” and our common lives together.
While members and leaders must affirm these basic tenets of faith, visitors, skeptics, and people with unanswered questions are very welcome to participate in the community life of Cornerstone.
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, visible and invisible.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.
— The Nicene Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
— The Apostles’ Creed
As we seek to fulfill this vision by God’s help, the following are some of the distinctive values by which we believe God calls our community to be marked:
We believe in the good news that Jesus Christ is God who came to earth to rescue us through his life, death, resurrection, ascension, and coming back. All that we do stems from this unshakable truth.
This good news transforms us to be family together. We desire to completely obey Jesus and orient our understanding around his purposes. We seek to serve one another, confess to one another, build others up, eat together, work together, and worship together. Fundamentally we belong to one another.
This good news of Jesus immediately calls us outward to testify that God became a man to rescue us. We seek to make disciples and boldly share about his good name.
We are so in need of a living relationship with God where we listen to his Word, hear his voice, and intimately speak with him. As we go forth to make disciples the fundamental posture of our church seeks to be dependent prayer.
City Group Focused
We seek to live into these values primarily through our city groups that meet weekly. In this way every member of the church is integral and must use their gifts to serve the divine mission of the church.
Cornerstone West Loop is a congregation with the Cornerstone Parish, a part of the Greenhouse Movement. We are a member of the Diocese of the Upper Midwest in the Anglican Church in North America. Church of the Resurrection in Wheaton, IL is our cathedral church. In 2011, Pastor Nate and Sarah were sent out by Christ Community Church in Champaign, IL.
Originally from the North suburbs, God grabbed a hold of Nate’s heart from a young age and captivated him with a call to serve the church with his life. After marrying Sarah in 2011, he discerned a call to move to Chicago in 2013 to plant Cornerstone while they were both serving on staff with Cru in Champaign/Urbana. Nate’s passion is to do all that he can to lift up Jesus so that others can encounter our Savior. In 2016 he and Sarah welcomed their twins Joshua and Eliana into the world, and their son Simmion was born in early 2019! Nate holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Illinois and an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Wheaton College. For fun Nate loves to juggle. He began a juggling business in 2008 named Catch This! and together with his friend performs at many venues across Chicagoland including Navy Pier and Six Flags.
Joel is serving as a Catechist at Cornerstone West Loop. Joel primarily preaches, teaches, and disciples the West Loop congregation. He is passionate about the Church of Jesus Christ, which is partly what led him to Moody Bible Institute and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he met his wife, Kate. Joel is originally from the great state of Minnesota but he and his wife Kate currently live in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago.
Children’s Ministry Leader & Administrator
Allie has been part of the Cornerstone family of churches since 2015 where she radically encountered God and God’s people. As a lover of being well organized, having well-written emails, and paying attention to the smallest of details, she’s excited to embark on this adventure as West Loop’s administrator. In her free time, Allie enjoys decorating, baking cookies, and, of course, laughing at her husband, Dan’s, terrible jokes.
Welcome to Cornerstone Anglican Church! We meet at 9:30am on Sundays at Morgan’s on Fulton for our services; you can find free street parking on the surrounding streets. While our services allow for a high level of participation, you are welcome to participate at your comfort level. When you arrive, you’ll be greeted by members of our congregation, and given a bulletin to guide you through the service.
Our service starts off with a welcome and prayer from one of our pastoral staff, Joel Warren or Nate Beasley, and a time of worship singing to center us on praising our God for who He is and what He’s done. From there, we have four select readings before the sermon: one from the Old Testament, one from the Psalms, one from the New Testament, and one from one of the four Gospels. After our sermon, we participate as a church family in the saying of our beliefs through the Apostles Creed and praying for our church, our city, our nation and our world. We enter in a time of personal confession before the Lord and then seek the Lord’s forgiveness and the forgiveness of others during a time of peace. We continue with worship as we prepare to receive communion.
We take part in communion every week to remind us of the Lord’s Supper and to strengthen our own relationship with the Lord. We welcome anyone who has been baptized to partake in the sacrament of communion, and all are welcome to be blessed and prayed for during this time. We close with a final worship song, exciting announcements about the life of our church, and a prayer to send us back out into the world with the love and mission of Christ. After the service, which runs a little under 90 minutes long, you’ll often see members catching up with each other, greeting new visitors and usually making lunch plans.
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