beliefs and denomination

Evangelical Covenant Church

Cornerstone is a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC). The ECC is a rapidly growing multi-ethnic denomination in the United States and Canada with ministries on five continents of the world. Founded in 1885 by Swedish Immigrants, the ECC values the Bible as the Word of God, the gift of God's grace and ever-deepening spiritual life that comes through faith in Jesus Christ, the importance of extending God's love and compassion to a hurting world, and the strength that comes from unity within diversity. While the ECC does not require adherence to any written creed, it takes its theology very seriously, and its history as well. The ECC is a Reformation church, a part of the Church universal, and an evangelical church. In that heritage, it shares certain central beliefs, which draw all of its member churches together in faith and fellowship and make possible a freedom among them on more widely ranging issues. To learn more about the Evangelical Covenant Church and what it affirms, visit

As an Evangelical Covenant Church, Cornerstone seeks to nurture and form a community that is deeply committed to Jesus Christ and passionately engaged in Christ's mission in the world. We strive for unity in the essentials while extending charity in the non-essentials. Our essential beliefs are summed up in what are called Covenant Affirmations:

  • Centrality of the Word of God
  • Necessity of the new birth
  • Commitment to the whole mission of the church
  • Church as a fellowship of believers
  • A conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit
  • The reality of freedom in Christ.

For a more in-depth look at the Covenant Affirmations, you can download them here.