MISSIONS STARTS HERE

We believe that Jesus has given us his vision (The Great Commission) for how the local church is to take the Gospel out into our world when he stated, “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts1:8).  It was in Jerusalem, where the disciples already were, that Jesus commanded them to bring the Good News. In time they would plant churches throughout the region and throughout the ancient world.  We seek to faithfully follow this pattern. As such, we long for our people to live as missionaries right where you are. Being equipped for the work of the Gospel (Ephesians 4).

In response to the Great Commission our missionary efforts will begin with our “Jerusalem, (our backyard of LWR, SRQ, and Bradenton), move beyond LWR (our Jerusalem) to nearby geographical areas we will over time add budget support for, future church-planting efforts full-time domestic missionaries (MNA), RUF, seminary students and finally, continue to our support of full-time foreign missionaries and those who have gone to “the ends of the earth,” and in the future add new efforts when possible.

SEMINARY PARTNERSHIP 

Cornerstone is committed to equipping the local church with seminary trained men and women. 

It is a joy to support our very own Taylor White (Covenant Theological Seminary) and Rebecca Woods (Reformed Theological Seminary) as they pursue theological training while serving here at Cornerstone.

Covenant Seminary

REFORMED UNIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP (RUF)

Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) is a campus ministry that reaches college students from all backgrounds with the hope of Jesus Christ. College is a time when beliefs are explored, decisions are made, and lives are changed. We invite students into authentic relationships and the study of God’s Word. Through the ministry of RUF, students discover the love of Christ, find their significance in God’s redemptive story, and engage in the life of His church. 

The 2 campuses highlighted below are currently supported by Cornerstone.  

ruf.org

RUF AT UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA

Aldo Mondin is the campus minister for RUF. Aldo graduated from the University of North Florida in 2015 and attended Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Abby, were involved in RUF in college and have loved it ever since. They have one son: Winston, who always fills their home with laughter. Aldo enjoys reading, cycling, and watching his beloved soccer team: Liverpool FC. Aldo joined RUF in 2019 and is excited to be the campus minister at USF! He just preached for us in June of 2022. You can find his sermon, below:

Sermon by Aldo Mondon

RUF at USF

RUF AT FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIVERSITY

Lucas Tanner is the campus minister of RUF at FGCU.  Lucas was born and raised in Naples, Florida. He met his wife Bobbilee while studying business at the University of Florida. They got married in November 2004 and have three children: Isaac, Sadie and Molly. Lucas earned a Master of Divinity from Knox Theological Seminary and has been a minister to students for 18 years.

RUF at FGCU

RUF AT SAMFORD UNIVERISTY

Sean Walsh grew up in Sarasota, FL his entire life, and while in high school he met his wife, Michelle. Sean graduated from Liberty in 2020 with a B.S. in Pastoral Leadership and Michelle also graduated from Liberty in 2020 with a B.S. in Graphic Design. Sean has been involved with RUF Lynchburg for the past two years and while attending God has continued to confirm his call into ministry. Sean hopes to one day serve as a pastor or maybe even be a RUF minister! In his free time, Sean loves to go to coffee shops and play sports!

RUF AT SAMFORD UNIVERSITY

NEWTOWN CONNECTION 

The overall vision of Newtown Connection, in tandem with Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties, is to introduce a new and diverse group of youth to an after-school program centered on Sports, Health and Education. Newtown Connection will seek to recruit children ages 6-12 years old who are NEP members. They will participate in fast-paced, inclusive baseball activities while receiving an important after-school enrichment curriculum that helps ensure their success both on and off the field. This program will introduce baseball to youth that may lack access to the sport because of financial hardship, transportation, lack of safe green spaces to play, skill level, and/or even having proper sports equipment. The major focuses of the program include sports, health and education, trauma recovery, and positive character trait development.

Newtown Connection

MISSION TO THE RUSSIAN SPEAKING WORLD

MTRW (Mission to the Russian Speaking World) provides theological education for potential church planters and ministers among Russian-speaking people. Cornerstone currently covers the cost of an entire year of theological education for one student from Belarus at the ERSU (Evangelical Reformed Seminary of Ukraine).