Pastor and Mrs. Courtney Lewis came to Chicago in 2008 to establish an independent Baptist church. Pastor Lewis has a ministry based largely on going out to the people and bringing them to Christ. People are looking for a church that is concerned about them and their problems, and Pastor Lewis wants Cornerstone Baptist to be the church where people can find this thoughtfulness. The Lewis family came to Chicago from Chesterton, Indiana, where they both studied and graduated from Fairhaven Baptist College. Pastor Lewis was born and raised in the Henry Horner and LeClaire Court projects of Chicago, and his wife is from Oceanside, California. The family has three daughters, Lois, April, and Justine.