We exist to build a great city through the gospel of Jesus Christ for the glory of God. We do this by cultivating communities of Spirit-led followers of Jesus that enjoy God, redemptively engage the city, and reach the world.
We love Jesus. We love Seattle. We want Seattle – from the avenues to the alley ways – to love Jesus. This mutual love triggered a small group of people to begin praying about planting a new Jesus-loving, Bible-believing, gospel-centered church in the heart of downtown Seattle. In the spring of 2010 this vision began to materialize. We gathered a launch community. We developed our vision, mission and values. We prayed, served and shared the gospel. Many moved downtown. God went before us in supernatural ways. Our communities multiplied. People met Jesus. Then, on April 3rd 2011, we marked our birth as a newly forming church in the heart of downtown Seattle. Every church is planted at some point, we just happened to be in 2011. Our prayer is that God would use DCC to sink the roots of the good news of Jesus Christ deep into the heart of this great city. We invite you to join us as this story, His story, continues to be written. “O Lord, [we] have heard the report of you, and your work, O Lord, do I fear. In the midst of the years revive it; in the midst of the years make it known…” (Hab 3:2)
Our First 5 Years
In 2016, we celebrated our 5th birthday as a newly-forming church in the heart of downtown Seattle! Jesus has been exceedingly kind to us. We prepared this video to remember and celebrate God's faithfulness to us:Back to Top
Downtown Cornerstone is primarily a people, not a place. We are real people, asking real questions, worshiping the real God. We gather together on Sundays to worship through song, the preached Word, and the Lord's Supper. Dress is informal. We are a diverse group of people with many different tastes and backgrounds. Whether you already follow Jesus or are seeking to know what that means, you can expect to receive a warm welcome.
Parking validation will be provided for everyone parking in the Art Institute parking garage (located at 2323 Elliott Avenue). Families and first-time visitors may park at no cost in the lot located next to 2333 Western Ave until 1:30pm.
Taking the bus or light rail is also a great option if you live in one of Seattle’s outlying neighborhoods. To find the best public transportation routes, just enter your starting location into Google Maps here to see the best available routes to 2333 Western Ave.
We are committed to partnering with you to joyfully teach and model who God is and what He has done for us. Cornerstone Kids is available for children 6 months - 8 years old. Children of all ages are also welcome to sit in the main gathering with their parent or caretaker. A comfortable nursing area is available for nursing mothers near the main entrance.
Check in opens 15 minutes prior to each gathering - simply stop by the Welcome Desk downstairs and we'll get you all set up and help show you to the right classroom. All of our CKids volunteers are well-known, trained, and have undergone a thorough background check.
Vision and Values
The mission of Downtown Cornerstone is to build a great city through the gospel of Jesus Christ for the glory of God. We do this by cultivating communities of Spirit-led followers of Jesus that enjoy God, redemptively engage the city, and reach the world.
We envision thousands of people from every corner of the city united under a new identity in Jesus and sent to love, serve and challenge the city…and the cities of the world. Out of personal gospel renewal, urban renewal will flow, as the very spiritual, social and cultural fabric of Seattle is redeemed. To achieve this, our prayerful aim is to create a movement of autonomous gospel-centered churches in every neighborhood of the city. Through the city, we'll reach the world.
What We Value
We love Jesus. He is our God. He is truth personified. He is the Cornerstone of the church and of reality itself. All things were created by Him, for Him and through Him. He is the Alpha and Omega, the first and last, the beginning and end. Our lives, our teaching, and our worship are all grounded in who Jesus is, what He did, and what He is doing – even today. We exist for Him.
The gospel is God's good news to broken sinners that Jesus Christ came to live, die and rise again for the forgiveness of sin to bring redeemed sinners under God's gracious reign for the renewal of all things. This news offers to bring us home to God for life that is truly life – every day. Our lives are centered in this news. We believe the grace offered in the gospel, imparted by the Spirit, is the most powerful change agent in the universe. The gospel changes everything and is for everyone, both believers and not-yet-believers.
We love Seattle. We live here, work here, play here, and raise our families here. We are not in the city to stand above the city (in judgment) or to hide under the city (in fear) or to mirror the city (in surrender), but to serve and challenge the city (in love). We are here for Seattlites who dislike, hate or are skeptical of the church, as well as those who love the church. We are here to bring the gospel to bear in the every day, serving as the faithful presence of Christ, making God look as good as He really is.
A church is a people, not a place or an institution, who have been redeemed by Jesus and sent into their context to make God look as good as He really is. From beginning to end God's aim is to glorify Himself through a people, His people, who He is calling out from all tribes, peoples and languages through the gospel. He calls this people the Church. We are an urban expression of God's people in the city.
The mission of God is to make disciples (followers). We want to see as many people as possible experience the sin-cleansing, shame-removing, life-changing, world-altering power of the gospel. We exist to share this news and our lives with urban workers, urban dwellers and the world.
We are committed to building a great city, not just a great church, through justice, mercy, creativity, and partnership. Out of personal gospel renewal, urban renewal will flow, as the very spiritual, social and cultural fabric of Seattle is redeemed. While we believe that lasting change in an individual, family, neighborhood, city or culture cannot happen apart from the transforming work of the gospel of grace in "word", we are simultaneously called to salt and light the city with the gospel in "deed".
Do it all again. Everywhere.
What We Believe
God: The Trinitarian Godhead
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who know, love, and glorify one another. This one true and living God is infinitely perfect both in his love and in his holiness. He is the Creator of all things, visible and invisible, and is therefore worthy to receive all glory and adoration. Immortal and eternal, he perfectly and exhaustively knows the end from the beginning, sustains and sovereignly rules over all things, and providentially brings about his eternal good purposes to redeem a people for himself and restore his fallen creation, to the praise of his glorious grace. (Genesis 1:26; 11:7; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:21-22; John 1:1-2,14,18; Romans 8; Hebrews 1:8-9; 1 Peter 1:2; Revelation 1:5-6; 22:3)
God's Revelation: The Bible
God has graciously disclosed his existence and power in the created order, and has supremely revealed himself to fallen human beings in the person of his Son, the incarnate Word. Moreover, this God is a speaking God who by his Spirit has graciously disclosed himself in human words: we believe that God has inspired the words preserved in the Scriptures, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, which are both the record and means of his saving work in the world. These writings alone constitute the verbally inspired Word of God, which is utterly authoritative and without error (inerrant and infallible) in the original writings, complete in its revelation of his will for salvation, sufficient for all that God requires us to believe and do, and final in its authority over every domain of knowledge to which it speaks. We confess that both our finitude and our sinfulness preclude the possibility of knowing God’s truth exhaustively, but we affirm that, enlightened by the Spirit of God, we can know God’s revealed truth truly. The Bible is to be believed, as God’s instruction, in all that it teaches; obeyed, as God’s command, in all that it requires; and trusted, as God’s pledge, in all that it promises. As God’s people hear, believe, and do the Word, they are equipped as disciples of Christ and witnesses to the gospel. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21; Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32; Proverbs 30:5-6; John 16:12-13, 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Revelation 22:18).
God's Creation: Man & Woman
We believe that God created human beings, male and female, in his own image. Adam and Eve belonged to the created order that God himself declared to be very good, serving as God’s agents to care for, manage, and govern creation, living in holy and devoted fellowship with their Maker (Genesis 1:1-31). Men and women, equally made in the image of God, enjoy equal access to God by faith in Christ Jesus and are both called to move beyond passive self-indulgence to significant private and public engagement in family, church, and civic life. Adam and Eve were made to complement each other in a one-flesh union that establishes the only normative pattern of sexual relations for men and women, such that marriage ultimately serves as a type of the union between Christ and his church (Ephesians 5:22-33). In God’s wise purposes, men and women are not simply interchangeable, but rather they complement each other in mutually enriching ways. God ordains that they assume distinctive roles which reflect the loving relationship between Christ and the church, the husband exercising headship (i.e. responsible, servant leadership) in a way that displays the caring, sacrificial love of Christ, and the wife submitting to her husband in a way that models the love of the church for her Lord. In the ministry of the church, both men and women are encouraged to serve Christ and to be developed to their full potential in the manifold ministries of the people of God. The distinctive leadership role of pastor within the church given to qualified men is grounded in creation, fall, and redemption and must not be sidelined by appeals to cultural developments.
God's Judgment: The Fall
We believe that Adam, made in the image of God, distorted that image and forfeited his original blessedness— for himself and all his progeny — by falling into sin through Satan’s temptation. As a result, all human beings are alienated from God, corrupted in every aspect of their being (e.g. physically, mentally, volitionally, emotionally, spiritually) and condemned finally and irrevocably to death — apart from God’s own gracious intervention. The supreme need of all human beings is to be reconciled to the God under whose just and holy wrath we stand; the only hope of all human beings is the undeserved love of this same God, who alone can rescue us and restore us to himself. (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:10-18,22-23; 5:12; Ephesians 1-3,12)
God's Plan: Redemption
We believe that from all eternity God determined in grace to save a great multitude of guilty sinners from every tribe and language and people and nation, and to this end foreknew them and chose them. We believe that God justifies and sanctifies those who by grace have faith in Jesus, and that he will one day glorify them— all to the praise of his glorious grace. In love God commands and implores all people to repent and believe, having set his saving love on those he has chosen and having ordained Christ to be their Redeemer.
God's News: The Gospel
We believe that the gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ. Utter folly to the world, even though it is the power of God to those who are being saved (1 Corinthians 1:18), this good news is christological, centering on the cross and resurrection: the gospel is not proclaimed if Christ is not proclaimed, and the authentic Christ has not been proclaimed if his death and resurrection are not central (the message is “Christ died for our sins . . . [and] was raised”, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4). This good news is biblical (his death and resurrection are according to the Scriptures), theological and salvific (Christ died for our sins, to reconcile us to God), historical (if the saving events did not happen, our faith is worthless, we are still in our sins, and we are to be pitied more than all others, 1 Corinthians 15:19), apostolic (the message was entrusted to and transmitted by the apostles, who were witnesses of these saving events, Ephesians 2:20), and intensely personal (where it is received, believed, and held firmly, individual persons are saved, Romans 10:9-13).
God's Son: Jesus Christ
We believe that, moved by love and in obedience to his Father, the eternal Son became human: the Word became flesh, fully God and fully human being, one Person in two natures (John 1:1-3,14). The man Jesus, the promised Messiah of Israel, was conceived through the miraculous agency of the Holy Spirit, and was born of the virgin Mary. He perfectly obeyed his heavenly Father, lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), performed miraculous signs, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead on the third day, and ascended into heaven. As the mediatorial King, he is seated at the right hand of God the Father (Romans 8:34), exercising in heaven and on earth all of God’s sovereignty, and is our High Priest (Hebrews 2:17) and righteous Advocate (1 John 2:1). We believe that by his incarnation, life, death, resurrection, and ascension, Jesus Christ acted as our representative and substitute. He did this so that in him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21): on the cross he canceled sin, propitiated God, and, by bearing the full penalty of our sins, reconciled to God all those who believe. By his resurrection Christ Jesus was vindicated by his Father, broke the power of death and defeated Satan who once had power over it, and brought everlasting life to all his people; by his ascension he has been forever exalted as Lord and has prepared a place for us to be with him. We believe that salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name given under heaven by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12). Because God chose the lowly things of this world, the despised things, the things that are not, to nullify the things that are, no human being can ever boast before him — Christ Jesus has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness, and redemption (1 Corinthians 1:27-30).
God's Work: Justification
We believe that Christ, by his obedience and death, fully discharged the debt of all those who are justified. (Romans 5:1). By his sacrifice, he bore in our stead the punishment due us for our sins, making a proper, real, and full satisfaction to God’s justice on our behalf (1 Peter 2:24). By his perfect obedience he satisfied the just demands of God on our behalf, since by faith alone that perfect obedience is credited to all who trust in Christ alone for their acceptance with God. Inasmuch as Christ was given by the Father for us, and his obedience and punishment were accepted in place of our own, freely and not for anything in us, this justification is solely of free grace, in order that both the exact justice and the rich grace of God might be glorified in the justification of sinners (Ephesians 2:8,9). We believe that a zeal for personal and public obedience flows from this free justification.
God's Spirit: Holy Spirit
We believe that this salvation, attested in all Scripture and secured by Jesus Christ, is applied to his people by the Holy Spirit. Sent by the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ, and is present with and in believers. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8), and by his powerful and mysterious work regenerates spiritually dead sinners, awakening them to repentance and faith, and in him they are baptized into union with the Lord Jesus, such that they are justified before God by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. By the Spirit’s agency, believers are renewed, sanctified, and adopted into God’s family; they participate in the divine nature and receive his sovereignly distributed gifts (1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12). The Holy Spirit is himself the down payment of the promised inheritance (Ephesians 1:13-14), and in this age indwells, guides, instructs, equips, revives, and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
God's Reign: The Kingdom
We believe that those who have been saved by the grace of God through union with Christ by faith, and through regeneration by the Holy Spirit, enter the kingdom of God and delight in the blessings of the new covenant: the forgiveness of sins, the inward transformation that awakens a desire to glorify, trust, and obey God, and the prospect of the glory yet to be revealed. Good works constitute indispensable evidence of saving grace. Living as salt in a world that is decaying and light in a world that is dark, believers should neither withdraw into seclusion from the world, nor become indistinguishable from it (Matthew 5:13-16): rather, we are to do good to the city, for all the glory and honor of the nations is to be offered up to the living God. Recognizing whose created order this is, and because we are citizens of God’s kingdom (Ephesians 2:19), we are to love our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:31), doing good to all, especially to those who belong to the household of God (Galatians 6:10). The kingdom of God, already present but not fully realized, is the exercise of God’s sovereignty in the world toward the eventual redemption of all creation. The kingdom of God is an invasive power that plunders Satan’s dark kingdom and regenerates and renovates through repentance and faith the lives of individuals rescued from that kingdom. It therefore inevitably establishes a new community of human life together under God.
God's People: The Church
We believe that God’s new covenant people have already come to the heavenly Jerusalem; they are already seated with Christ in the heavenlies (Ephesians 2:6). This universal church is manifest in local churches of which Christ is the only Head; thus each “local church” is, in fact, the church, the household of God (Ephesians 2:19), the assembly of the living God, and the pillar and foundation of the truth (1 Timothy 3:15). The church is the body of Christ, the apple of his eye, graven on his hands, and he has pledged himself to her forever. The church is distinguished by her gospel message, her sacred ordinances, her discipline, her great mission, and, above all, by her love for God, and by her members’ love for one another and for the world. Crucially, this gospel we cherish has both personal and corporate dimensions, neither of which may properly be overlooked. Christ Jesus is our peace (Ephesians 2:14): he has not only brought about peace with God, but also peace between alienated peoples. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both Jew and Gentile to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility (Galatians 3:28). The church serves as a sign of God’s future new world when its members live for the service of one another and their neighbors, rather than for self-focus. The church is the corporate dwelling place of God’s Spirit, and the continuing witness to God in the world.
God's Sacraments: Baptism and The Lord's Supper
We believe that baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordained by the Lord Jesus himself (Matthew 28:18-20; Matthew 26:26-29). The former is connected with entrance into the new covenant community, the latter with ongoing covenant renewal. Together they are simultaneously God’s pledge to us, divinely ordained means of grace, our public vows of submission to the once crucified and now resurrected Christ, and anticipations of his return and of the consummation of all things.
God's Future: Restoration
We believe in the personal, glorious, and bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ with his holy angels, when he will exercise his role as final Judge, and his kingdom will be consummated. We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the just and the unjust — the unjust to judgment and eternal conscious punishment in hell, as our Lord himself taught, and the just to eternal blessedness in the presence of him who sits on the throne and of the Lamb, in the new heaven and the new earth, the home of righteousness. On that day the church will be presented faultless before God by the obedience, suffering and triumph of Christ, all sin purged and its wretched effects forever banished. God will be all in all and his people will be enthralled by the immediacy of his indescribable holiness, and all things will be made new (Revelation 21:5).
This confessional statement is adapted, in large part, from the Confessional Statement of The Gospel Coalition.
Prospectus | 5th Year Edition
This updated prospectus captures the essence of who we are and where, by God’s grace, we hope to go. Click here to view a digital copy.
Staff, Lead PastorAdam serves as Lead Pastor and oversees pastoral development, church planting, and vision of Downtown Cornerstone. His passion is to see the Gospel take root in the city of Seattle, rebels made into disciples of Jesus, and churches planted throughout the world. Email Adam
Staff, Executive PastorAs Executive Pastor, David oversees discipleship, missions, and the day-to-day operations of the church. David is passionate about making disciples and wants to see Jesus made much of in Seattle. Email David
Staff, Pastor of Worship & ArtsRandy provides primary leadership for worship and arts and his desire is for every image-bearing worshipper in Seattle to encounter the radical love and grace of God in Jesus. Email Randy
Staff, Pastor of Families & Biblical CareCraig oversees ministry related to families and biblical care. He is passionate about the glory of God, making disciples, developing a Gospel-centered culture of care, and helping people find their deepest joy in Jesus. Email Craig
Lay PastorLuke seeks to serve the local church through leading, feeding, guiding, and protecting. He delights in seeing people order their lives along God's design for their flourishing and the good of their neighbors.
Staff, Director of Communities & Mercy PartnershipsJustin provides primary leadership for Cornerstone Communities and Mercy partnerships. He is eager to see God’s people flourishing within the local church and serving their neighbors and neighborhoods across Seattle. Email Justin
Staff, Deacon of OperationsKyle oversees facilities, operations, and Sunday morning teams. He loves Jesus and is passionate about the local church and desires for his life to be a testimony of God's grace. Email Kyle
Staff, Office ManagerChristy has a love of visual arts and passion for working with kids, seeing them come to know Jesus. She divides her time between general office management, project managing design projects, and helping support Cornerstone Kids. Email Christy
Staff, Deacon of AdministrationSarah helps with day-to-day operations by supporting events and communications. She is passionate about welcoming others and connecting them to Jesus and His church. Email Sarah
Deacon of Women's DiscipleshipTiffany joined DCC in 2010 and wants her life to testify to the beautiful, glorious person of Jesus, with the desire that everyone she meets would come to trust and treasure Him above all else. Email Tiffany
DeaconMike helps support Sunday Operations and hopes that every disciple of Jesus would grow in His grace by being deeply rooted in a local church. Email Mike
Ben and Anne Johnson
Deacons of Foster and Adoption Mercy MinistriesAnne and Ben help encourage fostering and adoption in the life of DCC and meaningfully engage people in ministry to the children and those that are connected to them. Email Ben & Anne
Deacon of Mercy MinistriesMicah helps with supporting and growing mercy partnerships and is passionate about seeing the glory and love of God made known across Seattle through the lives of His people. Email Micah
Deacon of HospitalityJen oversees hospitality for Sunday gatherings and special events. She hopes to welcome others as Christ has welcomed us and help people find connection to a local group of believers. Email Jen
Deacon of Member CareLaura works closely with the elders to help care for the covenanted members of DCC. She is passionate about God’s work through the local church and hopes to help people to become meaningfully connected to our church family through membership. Email Laura
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