Our Story

Our story begins with a young, fiery, 15-year-old preacher named Michael Pitts who had a vision to see God to something great. When he married wife Kathi in November of 1985 the two set out to see God’s plan come to pass.

The young couple arrived in Toledo, Ohio on June 1, 1986 with little more than a thousand dollar offering from Michael’s parents, a Bible and a vision. With a small team that included Michael’s brother Robert, they set out to pursue the vision to build a church where people from all walks of life could be free to encounter God.

Since those early days the couple have rejoiced in God’s faithfulness. Seeing the initial 35 attendees grow into a living, vibrant, and passionate congregation of over 3500 with a heart to see our city and our world impacted by the love of God.

At the heartbeat of Cornerstone Church is a desire to demonstrate God’s redemptive love locally and globally. Today Heal The World outreaches begin here in Toledo and stretch from Mexico to Ghanna to Haiti. Cornerstone Global Network continues to grow, training leaders and strengthening local churches throughout the United States, Mexico and the United Kingdom. Every week online audiences join together in live services from over 60 nations around the world.

We press forward to the future, but first, we must look back with grateful hearts at all that God has done!