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Bishop Michael and Pastor Kathi Pitts were married in 1984 and began their journey of ministry together right away. They often recount how on their first date the conversation turned to The Tabernacle of David and its theological symbolism, each knew that they had met their match.

Since then the couple have become the founding pastors of Cornerstone Church, where they continue to serve as Senior Pastors, and the Cornerstone Global Network of churches, which has grown to a connected network of over 150 churches throughout the United States, Mexico, and South Africa.

Michael and Kathi continue to live in Toledo, OH — when they aren’t on an airplane heading for ministry — and are the proud parents of Meredith (married to Philip), Stephen Michael (married to Rosie), and the very enthusiastic grandparents to Theodore Brave.

Pastor Jeffrey & Nicola Smith
Director CGN

Jeffrey Smith is the Lead Pastor at Strong Tower in Fredericksburg VA. Strong Tower is a vibrant church located 59 miles from Washington D.C. Since its beginning in 1995, the church has been a place of restoration and hope for people from all walks of life. Today it continues to make significant impact throughout the central Virginia region and around the world.

Pastor Smith’s communication style is passionate, practical, and engaging. His focus is on reaching people with the empowering message of Jesus Christ, developing leaders, and building the local church.

Pastor Smith served in pastoral ministry for nearly twenty years under Bishop Michael Pitts at Cornerstone Church in Toledo, Ohio. In addition, Pastor Smith serves as Director of Cornerstone Global Network under the leadership of Bishop Pitts. It is a network of over 80 churches throughout the United States, Mexico, the U.K and Africa.

Pastor Jeffrey Smith has been married to Nicola since July 11, 1992 and they are the proud parents of Lauren, Kristin, and Jeffrey.

Anton & Xanthe Van Niekerk

Director Africa

Ps Anton and Xanthe has been married for over ten years now where they stay in Pretoria and head up Cornerstone church Pretoria with 3 beautiful kids Chloe Shaun and Taylor. Anton studied his masters degree in theology and has been involved in full time ministry for over 20 years. With a passion for God he has been involved in numerous church plants and training of leadership in church capacity. With a heart for winning the lost Anton has been involved with evangelist from all over the world working close and training fellow laborious in the kingdom. Anton has Oslo been involved in helping ministries like CFAN (Christ for all nations) and numerous others over the last few years. His passion has been the driving force behind everything he takes on with a desire to truly see the church take up its rightful place and be the voice for the kingdom of God all over. Under the guidance of Bishop Pitts and past Jeff smith Anton heads up Cornerstone global network Africa