History of Cornerstone
- July 22, 2012 A group begins meeting as Huntsville Bible Study on Sunday evenings in the Cooper House of Central Presbyterian Church. This group targets becoming a congregation of the PCA and is in communication with Providence Presbytery.
- November 13, 2012 Providence Presbytery approves the petition of Huntsville Bible Study, recognizing the group as a mission church and appointing a temporary Session to guide the church toward particularization as a self-governing body and full member of Providence Presbytery.
- January 13, 2013 Huntsville Bible Study members vote to name the mission church Cornerstone Presbyterian Church.
- February 12, 2013 Providence Presbytery approves the petition of members of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church to become a particularized church.
- May 19, 2013 Cornerstone Presbyterian Church is particularized in a worship service and meeting of Providence Presbytery in which initial officers are installed and the church and officers are charged by members of Providence. As the benediction is pronounced, the church is notified that First Cumberland Presbyterian Church will rent access to its facilities on a shared basis.
- May 26, 2013 Initial worship service at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church is celebrated. Rev. Chuck Frost preaches.
- Summer 2013 Cornerstone establishes a vision to be a community of believers….devoted to the Apostles teaching, to fellowship, the breaking of bread and to prayer. ~ Acts 2:42
- July 7, 2013 Pulpit Search Committee elected by the congregation.
- January 19, 2014 Congregation votes to extend a call to Rev. Wilson A. Shirley to serve as pastor.
- February 11, 2014 Providence Presbytery approves call and transfer of Rev. Shirley.
- March 16, 2014 Rev. Wilson Shirley installed as pastor of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church.
- May 31, 2015 Cornerstone begins to worship at it’s new location, 149 Old Big Cove Road, Brownsboro, AL 35741.
- February 14, 2016 The Session calls Rev. Brian Russ to be the first Assistant Pastor.
- August 1, 2018 Cornerstone purchases property in downtown Huntsville.
- September 23, 2018 The Session adopts a mission statement. The mission of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church is to be a community of Christ’s followers who worship, grow, and serve together to glorify God in Huntsville and throughout the world.
- October 14, 2018 The congregation calls the Rev. Brian Russ to be the Associate Pastor of Cornerstone.
What We Believe
Presbyterian Church in America
We believe the Bible is the written word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is the revelation of God’s truth and is infallible and authoritative in all matters of faith and practice.
We believe in the Holy Trinity. There is one God, who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
We believe that all are sinners and totally unable to save themselves from God’s displeasure, except by His mercy.
We believe that salvation is by God alone as He sovereignly chooses those He will save. We believe His choice is based on His grace, not on any human individual merit, or foreseen faith.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who through His perfect life and sacrificial death atoned for the sins of all who will trust in Him, alone, for salvation.
We believe that God is gracious and faithful to His people not simply as individuals but as families in successive generations according to His Covenant promises.
We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells God’s people and gives them the strength and wisdom to trust Christ and follow Him.
We believe that Jesus will return, bodily and visibly, to judge all mankind and to receive His people to Himself.
We believe that all aspects of our lives are to be lived to the glory of God under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Our vision and model
Cornerstone Presbyterian Church is rooted in the following, based on Acts 2:42, as a vision and model for our church moving forward.
- The Apostles’ teaching. We affirm the sufficiency of scripture, and we view the Bible as the infallible and inspired word of God. As a Reformed body of believers, we also recognize the Westminster Confession of Faith as a treatise rooted in scripture and rich in Biblical truth. Regarding theology and specific issues surrounding the justification of unbelievers and the sanctification of believers, we look to these timeless texts as our guide and source of truth.
- The fellowship. The body of Christ, the church, is bound together and knit together with love. The unity of believers transcends individual distinctions and is unique in the world. As Christ transforms us, our relationships deepen and our desire to serve grows. In this way, we humbly strive to model Christ’s love to the world, serving and loving each other as He has loved us.
- The breaking of bread. This phrase refers to the unifying activity of believers sharing meals together. It also reminds us of the Lord’s Supper, a church sacrament instituted for the spiritual nurturing of believers and “for the perpetual remembrance of the sacrifice of [Jesus] Himself in His death.”
- Prayer. Through prayer, a church displays its utter dependence on the Father. Prayer also is the primary scriptural means of access to our source of strength: the Holy Spirit. Prayer undergirds and makes possible all that the church does. Finally, prayer equips the individual believer with power to change. Our battles with sin, our sanctification and journey to holiness, our continuing love for God and our fellow man- these are all dependent on our active, healthy lives of prayer. We thus display and maintain our relationship with Him who loved us and gave Himself for us.
Anticipated Fruits of This Model
Act 2:43-47 Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. (44) All the believers were together and had everything in common. (45) Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. (46) Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, (47) praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.