Dave Leraaen, Preaching Pastor
Dave and Annette moved from southern Iowa in Feb 2019 and are passionate about reaching people in and around Nowata with the life-transforming message of Jesus!
Pastor Dave graduated from Huntington University with his Master's in Pastoral Ministry. They have a married daughter who lives in Illinois and a single daughter who currently lives in Switzerland. Together, they enjoy hosting gatherings at their home, traveling and taking on major remodeling projects.
Cody comes to us from western Iowa and is a graduate of Ozark Christian College. He is passionate about reaching teens and young adults with the timeless message of God's love for them. In his spare time, he enjoys working with computers, watching movies, playing board games and is always interested in going out to eat!
MEET OUR ELDERS
THE BIBLE IS THE VERBALLY INSPIRED, INERRANT, INFALLIBLE WORD OF GOD
1 Thessalonians 2:13
2 Timothy 3:16-17
JESUS IS THE INCARNATION OF THE FATHER, BORN OF A VIRGIN, FOR WHOM AND BY WHOM ALL THINGS WERE CREATED
GOD THE FATHER, THE SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT ARE ONE. THEY ARE NOT THREE DIFFERENT GODS, BUT GOD ALMIGHTY MANIFESTING HIMSELF IN DIFFERENT FORMS. EACH ONE HAVING A SPECIFIC PURPOSE: GOD-CREATOR, SON-REDEEMER, HOLY SPIRIT-COUNSELOR.
2 Corinthians 3:17
1 Timothy 3:16
GOD, DESIRING ALL PEOPLE TO BE SAVED, HAS REVEALED HIMSELF AND HIS PLAN OF SALVATION IN HIS HOLY WORD.
1 Timothy 2:3
1 John 1:4
WE CAN HAVE SALVATION ONLY THROUGH JESUS CHRIST.
1 Timothy 2:5-6
WE ARE TO BE BAPTIZED OF WATER AND OF THE SPIRIT
Acts 2;38, 41
Acts 8:12, 36-39
1 Corinthians 12:13
1 Peter 3:21
WE OBSERVE THE LORD'S SUPPER ON A WEEKLY BASIS
WE BELIEVE IN THE PHYSICAL AND BODILY RESURRECTION OF Jesus Christ AND THAT HE ASCENDED INTO THE HEARVENS, AND IS AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD AS OUR MEDIATOR, PRIEST AND ADVOCATE.
1 Corinthians 15:12-28
CHRIST WILL RETURN AGAIN AT AN UNKNOWN TIME TO MAN. AT THAT COMING, HE WILL JUDGE MANKIND IN ACCORDANCE WITH HIS WORD.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-17
WE BELIEVE IN THE GREAT COMMISSION OF Jesus Christ, "GO THEREFORE AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS, BAPTIZING THEM IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND THE SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, TEACHING THEM TO OBSERVE ALL THAT I COMMANDED YOU."
Born out of an intense desire to love the people of Nowata and connect them with the God who loves them, Cornerstone Church was founded in 2003. At that time, we met in the Opry Building on Sundays and held what later became known as Discovery Zone on Wednesdays nights at the Nowata Hospital Education Center on Osage Street.
God opened the door for both ministries to operate out of the same building, so September 2005, the church moved to 220 N Maple. This was a better fit and allowed the church to grow and gain resources, but there was more excitement to follow.
In December 2009, Cornerstone purchased 11 acres of land just outside of Nowata on U.S. 169 South and we began to dream in earnest of a building of our own. Over the next few years, God provided the necessary funds through special giving opportunities and other fundraising to move toward construction. With funding in place, the land was cleared in spring of 2013 and the building process begun that August. The building was completed late 2015/early 2016 with its dedication February of 2016.
Cornerstone continues to have a deep desire to reach out into its community with the message of the Good News of Jesus the Messiah in relevant and impactful ways. We hope you'll be part of this journey and can hardly wait to see what God has in store next!