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About Us

Who We Are

We are a group of everyday people who make our home in the beautiful south west.

We are passionate about building a life together with Christ as our Cornerstone.

We are a diverse community, enjoying and including people of all ages and stages.

No matter who you are or where you are at, you are welcome.

Our Vision

a changed life

we love to see Jesus changing people’s lives. This is our first passion and priority.

a thriving church

we love to see a church community bursting with life in relationships and worship.

a transformed region

we love to see our region transformed as God’s people work, live and pray together.

Our Values

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Christ Jesus our Cornerstone, the foundation of our lives

See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation (Isaiah 28:16)
You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house (1 Peter 2:4)

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Heart of Worship and Prayer, seeking God’s glory and presence

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:12-13)
Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship (Romans 12:1)

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Relationships that are Loving and Genuine, because people matter

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another (John 13:34-35)

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Inspired by the Spirit, who brings life and power for change.

The Spirit brings life (John 6:63)
Being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:18)

S

South West Region, reaching out together for kingdom impact

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us (Ephesians 3:20)

T

Truth & Transformation, growing and building on God’s Word

For the word of God is alive and active (Hebrews 4:12)
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation (1 Peter 2:2)

Our Values

C

Christ Jesus our Cornerstone, the foundation of our lives

See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation (Isaiah 28:16)
You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house (1 Peter 2:4)

H

Heart of Worship and Prayer, seeking God’s glory and presence

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:12-13)
Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship (Romans 12:1)

R

Relationships that are Loving and Genuine, because people matter

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another (John 13:34-35)

I

Inspired by the Spirit, who brings life and power for change.

The Spirit brings life (John 6:63)
Being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:18)

S

South West Region, reaching out together for kingdom impact

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us (Ephesians 3:20)

T

Truth & Transformation, growing and building on God’s Word

For the word of God is alive and active (Hebrews 4:12)
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation (1 Peter 2:2)

Our Team

Lee
Sykes

Senior Pastor

Lee leads the church team and is the main communicator.

Gavin
Riches

Chair of Elders

The elders provide oversight for our church health and direction.

Nathan
Seinemeier

Associate Pastor – Administration and Ministry Support

Nathan manages the day to day operations of our church.

Tania                    George

Ministry Leader – Kids and Admin

Tania leads our kids ministries and also helps us all with enquiries and organisation.

Gillian
Allen

Pastor – Care and Counsel

Gillian coordinates care ministry and is a trained counsellor.

Mathew
Carlsson

Pastor – Vasse Location

Mathew leads the church at our location in Vasse.

Hannah
Reid

Administration Assistant

Hannah supports our team in administration and banking.

Peter
van der Laan

Finance and Property Manager

Peter helps us steward all of our church resources.

Narelle
Coutts

Communications Officer

Narelle helps us produce our media and web content.

Our Story

Cornerstone Church began in the 50’s with a handful of pioneers seeking to reach out for Christ to Busselton and the wider area. Tent missions saw many new converts and acted as a launch pad for the church.  Meetings were held in local halls until land became available and a church building constructed, with the opening service in 1961. One of our current members was baptised at age 16 on that first weekend!

In 1963, floodwaters completely surrounded the church and resided just in time for one of our early weddings.  Some of the ministers in the 60-70’s were: John Sutton, Maurie Hodgson, Jim Holliday, Jack Sewell and John Tocknell.

In the 1980’s, with Ross Burton as minister, the church planted into Dunsborough and Cowaramup and started Cornerstone Christian College on the church property with a class of 17 students. Graeme Ritchie commenced as minister in 1992, and as the college was growing rapidly in the 80-90’s, was relocated to the current facility in Grace Court.

John Hutchinson commenced as minister in 2000 and brought fresh vision to the church, with a relocation and a new facility constructed adjacent to the college. The church was renamed “Cornerstone Church” from Busselton Church of Christ.

Lee Sykes commenced as minister in 2008, and the church has continued to develop and grow in her original vision to be firmly based on Christ and reaching out to our region. A second college campus was commenced in Dunsborough in 2016, and the Vasse church joined with Cornerstone as a second location in 2019.

We give God the glory for His grace, and honour all the pioneering folks through our story. Christ our Cornerstone!

Our Story

Cornerstone Church began in the 50’s with a handful of pioneers seeking to reach out for Christ to Busselton and the wider area. Tent missions saw many new converts and acted as a launch pad for the church.  Meetings were held in local halls until land became available and a church building constructed, with the opening service in 1961. One of our current members was baptised at age 16 on that first weekend!

In 1963, floodwaters completely surrounded the church and resided just in time for one of our early weddings.  Some of the ministers in the 60-70’s were: John Sutton, Maurie Hodgson, Jim Holliday, Jack Sewell and John Tocknell.

In the 1980’s, with Ross Burton as minister, the church planted into Dunsborough and Cowaramup and started Cornerstone Christian College on the church property with a class of 17 students. Graeme Ritchie commenced as minister in 1992, and as the college was growing rapidly in the 80-90’s, was relocated to the current facility in Grace Court.

John Hutchinson commenced as Minister in 2000 and brought fresh vision to the church, with a relocation and a new facility constructed adjacent to the college. The church was renamed “Cornerstone Church” from Busselton Church of Christ.

Lee Sykes commenced as Minister in 2008, and the church has continued to develop and grow in her original vision to be firmly based on Christ and reaching out to our region. A second college campus was commenced in Dunsborough in 2016, and the Vasse church joined with Cornerstone as a second location in 2019.

We give God the glory for His grace, and honour all the pioneering folks through our story. Christ our Cornerstone!

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