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Cornerstone Community Church began in the summer of 1989 as a group of 15-20 people had a vision to plant an evangelical church in the Hillcrest area of Cleveland’s east suburbs.  The Hillcrest region is a densely populated collection of middle to upper-middle class suburbs with excellent school systems and a strong community atmosphere.  As a result, the area attracts many young families.  A significant percentage of these young families are disillusioned with their religious upbringing so Pastor Armand Tiffe and the core group of Cornerstone believed that a contemporary style church with a relevant presentation of the Scriptures would meet the needs of many in the Hillcrest area.


images-stories-history_-_ymca_-_smaller-231x173.jpgThe leadership team believed there would be great benefits to being affiliated with a solid evangelical denomination so, after careful consideration, they decided to affiliate with the Evangelical Free Church of America ( and is actively involved in the denomination.


Cornerstone held its first public worship service in September of 1989 and has grown steadily ever since.  We began meeting publicly at the Hillcrest YMCA on Mayfield Road and met there for seven years.  In 1994 we purchased the property where the church is now located.  The property already had a church building on it, but it was much too small.  Before we moved in, our members donated many hours of their own time to build our Worship Center and renovated the old section into office and classroom space.  We moved into our current facility in March of 1996.  We soon outgrew our classrooms and in 1999 we built a new wing with four classrooms.  


images-stories-history_-_church_house_-_smaller-226x170.jpgIn 2009 we purchased the house on the southeast corner of our property (1414 Lander Road) which added another 1.5 acres to our property and gave us a very comfortable and versatile space for a variety of ministry functions.

Ibuilding.jpgn 2014, our founding pastor, Armand Tiffe, told the church that he intended to step out of the senior pastor role and move to a part-time role focused on our Biblical Counseling Ministry. So the elders began a lengthy process of evaluating the church's needs, discussing what qualities we need in a new pastor, and so on. In early 2015, we called Paul Tautges to be our next senior pastor. Paul began his new role in August of 2015.


Throughout our history there has been an upbeat spiritual energy and excitement about what God has done through this ministry and will continue to do.  We look forward with great anticipation to how God will work in and through us at Cornerstone!



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