In 1994, a core of 35 people from the English-speaking congregation of a primarily Chinese church began praying and planning to launch a new church in the Markham area. Their God-inspired vision was that this church would be intentionally intercultural — designed to reach people from a wide variety of ethnicities and backgrounds. In June 1996, this group held its first public service.
In early 1998, the congregation moved to Markham Village Community Centre and took on a new church name: Cornerstone.
Over the next four years, this young church touched many lives for Christ, serving hundreds of residents in the local community in practical ways. Due to steady growth, Cornerstone began to feel the pinch of limited space at the community centre, and following a prayerful search, God provided the church with its current meeting place, Markville Secondary School where our growing congregation from over 30 different countries-of-origin gathers to worship Jesus each week.
But this is only the beginning! God has given Cornerstone a God-sized vision for the future that promises to see many lives transformed for Jesus in Markham and beyond. This includes plans to build Cornerstone Centre, a special facility that combines the concepts of church building and community centre.