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About Us


In 1999, a group of about eight or ten people from the Pipestone area began discussing the need for a different type of church, one based on building a relationship with Christ, reaching the unchurched, and contemporary worship.


That summer, the group grew and began looking at a few different denominations and the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA) was chosen. With the help of North Central District (EFCA) Church Planting Director Bob Nieuwendorp, our vision statement, core values, and legal documents were put together.


That fall, Bob helped match our church with its first full-time pastor and his family: Pastor Kurt Ploeger. On March 5, 2000, Cornerstone Free Church had its first public worship service.  After twelve years of serving Cornerstone, Pastor Kurt and his wife Stacy followed God's call for them to pastor a church in Mesa, AZ.  On July 15th of 2012,


Pastor Steve Stahl and wife Marnie accepted the call to serve as Cornerstone's pastor.


Unchained Youth

The youth group was started by volunteers who met with the youth in homes. During those early meetings the teens chose the name



John 8:36

36 "Therefore, if the Son sets you free, you really will be free."



Unchained meets at the Unchained Youth Room Every Wednesday Night at 7PM.  If you are from the ages of 13 - 18 and live in the Pipestone area, please come hang out with us some night to see what we're all about!

- Check out our Unchained Worship Band

- Play Pool, Ping Pong, Foose Ball, Air Hockey or just hang out with some friends.

- Get real and have a place to vent, to ask for help if you need it, to connect with other students, to laugh, to be challenged, to finally have something to get excited about!




Living Hope

In 2005, some members of Cornerstone from the Edgerton area began praying about the possibility of planting a new church in their community.

In 2006, Pastor Ryan Gerbrandt was called and in 2007 they began public worship in Edgerton as Living Hope Evangelical Free Church. We continue to pray for other places where God may lead us to plant churches in Southwest Minnesota.

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