Cornerstone’s New Program

Maybe you know, maybe you don’t: My main job is working at Cornerstone University as their Director of Worship Arts. We’re starting up a new Worship Arts program this fall. Know anybody who might be interested? Here’s the letter I send to prospective students:

My name is Matthew Westerholm and I work at Cornerstone University, heading up the Worship Arts Music major. Our admissions office told me that said you have applied and are interested in our program, and so I’m sending you an email.

Cornerstone is launching this brand-new program this next fall. It combines three different branches of our school:

1) music/fine-arts classes;
2) media/sound/video classes; and
3) Bible/ministry classes.

And that’s just classes. But there’s more to an education than just classes.

4) Location: Our campus is in Grand Rapids, which puts it within driving distance of an incredible spectrum of churches: Liturgical, traditional, contemporary, cutting edge . . . they’re all in Grand Rapids. There’s no better place to be to experience worship services OR to land a great internship.
5) Chapel: Cornerstone has chapel services four times a week with seven praise teams ministering in a rotation. This gives you a great opportunity to grow your abilities and gain experience by actually practicing your craft in front of about 600 classmates, faculty and staff on a regular basis.

These five things combine to make you not only VERY hire-able, but ultimately fruitful as you serve Jesus Christ.

If interested, you can find out more about my background and who I am here. And if you have any questions, concerns, or just need the inside scoop on how stuff works, give me a shout.

Matthew Westerholm

Director of Worship Arts
Cornerstone University

matthew_d_westerholm {at] cornerstone dot edu
616.254.1650 x1390


3 thoughts on “Cornerstone’s New Program

  1. I’ve been holding my breath since you stopped blogging in December. I don’t know what I’m more impressed with….the fact that I am still alive, or that you came back.

    Missed you. Glad I can read about you again (not in a creepy way though…promise…)

  2. What kind of education do you have? Do you teach it? Is this a qualified degree program that’s recognized out there?

  3. Hi Trish!

    It’s a very qualified Bachelor of Arts program. Cornerstone is accredited by by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Michigan State Board of Education and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

    I teach four credits as adjunct faculty in the fine arts division. Those credits are used to teach contemporary music ensemble, a piano class, a course call “Church Music Methods and Materials” and serve as the academic adviser for many of the Worship Arts majors at the school. Additionally, I work full-time in the spiritual formation department overseeing the chapel program.

    It’s definitely worth checking out.

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