Chapel, Music, & Media

Chapel Interior

Resourcing a new generation of influencers

With growing enrollment and strategic opportunities to maximize Cornerstone University’s capacity to graduate influencers for Christ, the school is expanding and adding physical facilities that relate directly to the success of its mission. A $23 million fundraising campaign is well underway toward bringing these projects to fruition.

The CU INFLUENCE campaign seeks to:

  • Build a chapel where the campus community can worship ($700,000 left to be raised of the $15 million total cost)
  • Expand Communication and Media Division facilities ($2.3 million left to be raised)
  • Expand and renovate the Music Division facilities (Matthews Auditorium is completely funded, construction to be completed Feb., 2014. Gordon Expansion is completely funded, construction to be completed by Aug. 2015)

The Chapel

Construction has officially begun on the new 1,475-seat chapel, located just east of the Gainey Conference Center. The design for the new chapel is highly missional. As a Christ-centered university it will be a facility that is Christ worthy. No other space on campus will draw worshippers to Christ with such a sense of awe, transcendence, inspiration, and intimacy. The building is set to open for use by fall 2015.

Meditations on Light

Depicting the narrative of Scripture in stained glass, Peter Brandes designed the windows for Christ Chapel.

Enjoy footage captured in his studio on campus and listen to his vision for the installation.

Media Studies

In addition to the chapel, the CU INFLUENCE campaign will raise funds to develop classroom space, a viewing theater, editing suites, and a cutting edge sound stage that will enable students to produce media products in an appropriately constructed context where creativity can be nurtured and encouraged. Media Studies is a highly specialized field and requires major resources to stay on the cutting edge of the industry.

Music Division

Music majors are investing their education in specialties like worship arts, contemporary Christian music, classical music performance, composing, and song writing. Our graduates promise to make a strategic contribution to the church and world through their gifts and talents. To adequately support this aspect of the CU mission, plans call for the construction of new and expanded practice suites, rehearsal space for worship teams and small ensembles, as well as faculty offices and teaching space.

In the News

Virtual Tour

Christ Chapel Planning Stages


Assembly of the Stained Glass Windows | Peter Brandes, Artist

Light will enter Christ Chapel through four stained glass windows. Marking the north, south, east, and west walls of the sanctuary, one window features a motif taken from the Old Testament and three windows feature motifs taken from the New Testament. A yellow window depicts Christ's descent from the cross, showing His arm extended as He sows seeds of the message of new life.

Installation of the North Window | Saturday, February 7, 2015

Photos Courtesy of Ryan Prins Photography