Cornerstone is governed by a group of elders who shepherd and care for the membership at Cornerstone.

Meet Our Pastors


Daniel Gillespie

Senior Pastor
Daniel and his wife Lisa came to Cornerstone on Easter Sunday April 2006. Both originally from Wilmington, they moved from California where Daniel was on staff at Grace Community Church. Daniel graduated from NC State with a BS in Math Education and received his Masters of Divinity from The Master's Seminary in Sun Valley, CA. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Ministry from Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. Daniel and Lisa have four children, Jacob, Josiah, Ellie and Judah.

Brian Triplett

Executive Pastor
Brian came to Wilmington in 2008 following graduate school at University of Florida. He and his wife, Kristen, were both initially drawn to Wilmington by job opportunities at GE. Not long after arriving in Wilmington, he and his wife Kristen found Cornerstone and have never looked back. Brian and Kristen have 3 children, Liam, Kara, and Luke, which bring them great joy and sanctification. He also serves on the board of Providence Preparatory Academy, a Christian, Classical, University-Model school, here in Wilmington.

Mike McCrary

Student Pastor
Mike is originally from Athens Alabama but moved to the Wilmington area with his family in 1994. After high school he attended Southeastern Bible College over the course of 4 years. During that time he met his wife Kaity. They wed in 2005, their son Riley came along a year later, followed by Wyatt 3 years after that. Mike and Kaity have been attending cornerstone for over ten years, and have been serving the youth ministry for four years.

Steve Love

Lay Elder
Steve and his wife, Debbie, have been married 38 years and have been at Cornerstone since the summer of 2006, when they arrived in the area because of Steve’s job. They have three married children who have blessed them with 8 grandchildren, with another due early next year. After completing a Mechanical Engineering degree from LeTourneau University in Longview, TX, Steve began a career in the power industry that has moved his family to 8 states and 2 foreign countries. Along the way, Steve earned an Executive MBA from Wake Forest. He is privileged to serve on the board of Biblical Ministries Worldwide, a church-planting mission based in Lawrenceville, GA.

Scott Surratt

Lay Elder
Scott was raised in Wilmington since 1972. Graduated from Cape Fear Community College and was able to be part of the design team for the downtown campus expansion. He and his wife, Michele, of 23 years of marriage, were both drawn to Cornerstone for its high view of God and high view of His scriptures. Scott and Michele have 2 children, Noah (’99) and Mackenzie (‘00), who have grown into young adults and are attending college. Having college students is a challenge, but Scott and Michele intend, with Christ, along with Cornerstone, to help disciple them into those who love, preach, and discuss the Gospel. Scott and Michele have served at Cornerstone for over ten years and currently focusing on children’s ministry.

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