Our Story

Why Marshalltown

As more people started to drive from the Marshalltown area to Ames for Cornerstone's Sunday church gathering, we started to dream about what it would look like to start a local heart with similar values to reach Marshalltown.

This church family would enjoy the same biblically-based teaching and commitment to community as Cornerstone while allowing for them to engage in the local community.

A Sending Church

Cornerstone Church in Marshalltown launched its services on Easter morning of 2021, however the real beginnings of the church go much further back than that.  
We are a church plant of Cornerstone Church in Ames and we have a desire to be a church that is helping to plant more churches in the future.  We understand that we are here not just for Marshalltown, but to continue to send out families to reach new communities as well.

Steve & Brooke Bensema

Steve Bensema will be the campus pastor of the Marshalltown campus plant. He and his wife, Brooke, have been married for 13 years and have four fun and energetic kids. They lived in Ames for eight years, and during that time they were attending Cornerstone.
When we started praying the 10:02 prayer, asking the Lord to raise up more laborers, Steve felt called toward vocational ministry. In 2017, the Bensemas moved to Peosta, Iowa where Steve served as Teaching Pastor for a growing church there. Now they are excited to pursue working with the amazing core team in Marshalltown toward seeing what God is going to do there!

Be a part of our story...

Join us every Sunday (Starting Easter 2021) as we gather to worship together at 10 am.
At the "Old Y" 108 Washington St | Marshalltown, IA