We are a people proclaiming the good news that Jesus is King by loving God and loving Bridgeport.

The gospel is the good news for the world that Jesus came among us, lived, died, resurrected, ascended to rule over all, and is returning to make everything right. We seek to proclaim this good news and to see it bring reconciliation and healing in our lives and the world.


We have been adopted into the family of God! As part of this family, we live out the implications of the good news in our life together, seeking to be a foretaste of the coming Kingdom of God. This means we seek to care for and depend on one another like the early church did.  We also seek to learn from and serve alongside neighbors for the common good of Bridgeport.


The gospel news calls this community to mission, extending the presence and good reign of King Jesus into the world, proclaiming and living out the reality of this Kingdom and its hope for the world. We invite people to encounter the healing power of Jesus in the good news of God’s actions and the community of God’s people.


    These are our community practices:

    • Story- Tell and be formed by stories of Jesus’ work, then and now.
    • Proximity- Live close to one another, especially those on the margins.
    • Presence- Be present together in public spaces. Listen and love.
    • Common table- Eat with others, as hosts and guests, including communion.
    • Interdependence- Meet one another’s needs with generosity and dignity.
    • Gifting- Name and release one another’s gifts.
    • Prayer- Listen for God’s voice and seek God’s healing.
    • Justice- Speak and act for the shalom and reconciliation of Bridgeport and beyond.



    Rev. Nate and Sarah Beasley

    Overseeing Pastor

    Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Nate and Sarah met as students at the University of  Illinois. They both personally have experienced the joy of being with Jesus and are passionate about extending his table to others. They are pastoring a group of Cornerstone congregations that includes Cornerstone Bridgeport. The best way you can bless them is by coming over for dinner and eating a lot of food. They have three toddlers, Joshua, Eliana, and Simeon, and they currently love taking walks as a family through the city.

    Zach and Karen Savella Stallard

    Location Pastor

    Zach and Karen met serving together at the Cornerstone congregation at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Zach is now the Location Pastor for Cornerstone Bridgeport. They love living in Bridgeport and look forward to many years in the neighborhood. They are asking God to raise up a beautiful community of Jesus-following, neighbor-loving family to participate in God’s ongoing work of bringing the Kingdom of God in Bridgeport.

    Congregational Council

    • Mimi Guiracocha Bloomer,
    • Josh Grile,
    • Karen Savella Stallard,
    • Zach Savella Stallard


    • Altar and Communication: Taylor Yangas
    • Hospitality: Kayla Dela Luna
    • Music: Karen Savella Stallard
    • Neighborhood Connections: Nicky Smit
    • Prayer: Cody Yarbrough
    • Sound Tech: Tomike Adeyemi

    Campus Mission Staff at Illinois Institute of Technology, with Cru: Lizzy Sullivan, Josh Grile, Taylor Yangas