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Cornerstone Christian Church History

Vero Beach’s Cornerstone Christian Church is an independent Christian Church and was founded in October 1999. Our name is derived from two passages of scripture: Ephesians 2:19-20, “Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.” 1 Peter 2:4-6, “As you come to him, the living Stone–rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him– you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.  For in Scripture it says: ‘See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”


Kent Hawkins has been the minister of the congregation. He and his wife, Kim, have lived in Vero Beach since 1988. They have 2 grown married children and four grandchildren.

Cornerstone Christian Church held services at Glendale Elementary School since the second week of our existence. Small Groups, the Missions Team, the Shepherds, the Naomi’s Corner (Ladies Ministry) and others met in homes during the week.

In 2004, the congregation purchased 9.5 acres of land on 12th Street, just west of 58th Avenue. In 2005 we paid off that piece of property.In 2007 we began our capital campaign, “Upon This Rock”, to help finance our first building. In 2008 we signed a contract for construction but due to a general economic downturn, groundbreaking and actual construction work was postponed until mid-year 2010. In October, 2010 the Jack Ballard Church Builders arrived on site to finish out the interior of the structure.

Our first service was held at 5950 12th street, Vero Beach on March 27, 2011.

Steve Trinkle joined the Cornerstone staff as a part-time Associate Minister with an emphasis on Seniors ministry. Steve has 45 years of experience in various positions in Christian Churches. Steve and his wife Dee live in Fort Pierce and also have a part-time ministry at Road Runner RV park.

Cornerstone Christian Church Doctrinal Statement

The Bible is the inspired Word of God.  (2 Timothy 3:16)

People have worth, because we’re created in the image of God.  (Genesis 1:27)

Everyone sins and falls short of the glory of God.  (Romans 3:23)

Jesus Christ is the one and only Son of God who died for our sins and rose from the dead.  (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

Through God’s love, eternal life is available to everyone.  (John 3:16)

To receive eternal life, we must believe in Jesus, repent of our sin, confess Jesus as Lord, and be baptized.  (Acts 2:36-38)

The church is the body of Christ on earth, commissioned by God to preach the gospel to the lost and edify the saved.  (Eph 4:11-13)

Jesus asked that we remember His sacrifice by taking Communion each week.  (Matthew 26:26-29, Acts 20:7)

Jesus is coming back to judge all people.  (Matthew 25:31-33)

Cornerstone Christian Church Leadership

The book of Acts details the organization of the Lord’s church. A main ingredient of that is leadership. The Church’s leadership is comprised of Shepherds (Elders, Pastors). These men are appointed by a local body of believers to give servant leadership to the body.

At Cornerstone Christian Church we elect Shepherds at the beginning of each fiscal year. Shepherds serve one year and then must be reelected.

Our Shepherds for the current fiscal year are (from left to right): Jim Pressley, Ed Aller, William Zeh, Tim Gent, and Mark Brown.

In addition to the Shepherds, Cornerstone Christian Church has set apart several Ministry Coordinators. These include:
Gerald Wilgus – Land/Building Acquisition
Kim Justice – Barnabas
Mandy Fusselman – Children’s Ministry
Rick Meadows – Finance
Mike Whitney – Audio/Visual
Dorie Parvin & Nina Faass – Missions
Jim and Wendy Peiffer – Building Maintenance (interior)
Mike Sammons – Building Maintenance (exterior)
Kent Hawkins serves as our Senior Minister.
Steve Trinkle serves as our Associate Minister.
Joey Tuccillo serves as our Family Minister.