Cornerstone will be launching an upcoming church plant for the Marshalltown community.
There has been a growing interest from Cornerstone Church to see a church planted in Marshalltown with similar values and vision that have guided Cornerstone over these past 25 years. As we have seen more people choosing to make the drive from the Marshalltown area to Ames for the Sunday church gathering, we started to dream about what it would look like to see that group of people come together to start a new church. This church family would enjoy the biblically-based teaching and commitment to community they have been used to at Cornerstone while also allowing for them to reach their neighbors locally.
As the Core group is meeting together and planning for the future, we are planning on taking this coming fall to grow the group together. We will be looking to multiply into a few more connection groups and spend time praying for the city to discern God’s will for this new church. As we approach the anticipated launch date of Easter 2020, we will start gathering together for times of worship beyond our normal connection group times and citywide hangout times.
Steve & Brooke Bensema
Steve Bensema will be the lead pastor of the Marshalltown church plant. He and his wife, Brooke, have been married for 12 years and have four fun and energetic kids. They lived in Ames for eight years, and during that time they were attending Cornerstone. When we started praying the 10:02 prayer, asking the Lord to raise up more laborers, Steve felt called toward vocational ministry. In 2017, the Bensemas moved to Peosta, Iowa where Steve served as Teaching Pastor for a growing church there. Now they are excited to pursue working with the amazing core team in Marshalltown toward seeing what God is going to do there!
SAVE THE DATE: Church Picnic
Sunday, September 22 | Appleberry Farm, Marshalltown
SAVE THE DATE: Church Plant Retreat
October 5-6 | More details to come!
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