Pastor Wilson A. Shirley
Wilson is the first pastor of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Huntsville, AL. Prior to Cornerstone, he was at Highlands Presbyterian Church in Ridgeland, MS from 2004 to 2014, where he served as the Pastor to Students and Families. A native of Mississippi, he graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology. While at MSU, the Lord called him to youth ministry at Grace Presbyterian Church in Starkville, MS. In 2001 he went to serve in Pensacola, FL at Pinewoods Presbyterian Church. He and his wife Laura met while attending MSU. Wilson received a Master of Divinity degree from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS in 2010. He serves on the boards of the Alabama Church Planting Network, Providence Classical School, and Sacred Road Ministries. Wilson loves all things outdoors and reading. He and Laura have four children, Andrew, Forrest, Ann Evelyn, and Sarah Elizabeth, and uber-friendly golden-doodle named Toby.
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Pastor Brian Russ
Brian became the first assistant pastor of Cornerstone in January of 2016. Prior to Cornerstone, he served as the Youth Pastor at Arden Presbyterian Church in Asheville, NC from 2005-2015. He was born in Wilson, NC and spent his teenage years in Lexington, SC. Brian graduated from Clemson University, where he met his lovely wife Audrey. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC in 2005. Brian’s interests include 80s music, Clemson football, barbecue, and Reese’s pieces. He and Audrey have four children: Eowyn, Leah, Allison, and William. In October of 2018 Brian was called by the congregation to become the first Associate Pastor of Cornerstone.
Pastor Taylor King
Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Taylor brings his passion for Chickfila, and the decaying corpse of the Volunteer's football team to the staff of Cornerstone. After studying History and Political Science at Tennessee-Chattanooga, work moved him and his wife, Julia, to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. From there, they found their way to Charlotte, North Carolina so Taylor could obtain his MDiv at Reformed Theological Seminary. He and his beautiful bride are parents to two wonderful children. When he's not building pillow forts or searching high and low for cicada exoskeletons, Taylor enjoys vacuuming and pizza. Outside of the Word of God, Taylor counts RC Sproul, J. Gresham Machen, Thomas Sowell, and Tom Hawkes as the most formative influences in his life.
Rick grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and received his bachelors degree in Accounting from Auburn University. Upon graduation, he returned to Birmingham and began a 38 year career with the First National Bank Bank of Birmingham which became AmSouth Bank which became Regions Bank. Rick married his high school sweetheart in 1983 and accepted a new role with the bank in Huntsville in 1992 where he served until his retirement in 2019. Rick and Wendy have three children - Michael (married to Denia), Katherine (married to William Bondurant) and Andrew. They also have the most beautiful grandchildren ever. Rick and Wendy enjoy their days outdoors - camping with friends, gardening and traveling to see the grandkids. Rick has served as deacon at Cornerstone since 2019.
Bob Boerner is a native Huntsvillian! He has been the YBL Director of North Alabama since 1998. He graduated from Grissom High School, has a BA from Auburn University, and M. Div. from The International School of Theology in Southern California. He and Jenni have been married 28 years and have raised 3 wonderful young men: Robert, John, and William. Bob loves all kinds of boating and fishing—and he is passionate about helping men walk with Christ in every aspect of their lives.
Heidi grew up in Central Florida and attended the University of Florida, graduating with a degree in Finance. She and her husband, Mike, moved to Huntsville in 1992. They have two sons, Brandon and Hudson. Her interests include gardening, music, reading and loving on her two yellow labs. Heidi has a heart to serve the women of the church. Please contact her regarding any questions or about how to get involved with women’s ministry.
Paige grew up in Paint Rock, Alabama and attended Auburn University where she received a Bachelors in Secondary Education. While at Auburn God called her to children’s ministry. She attended Southwestern Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas where she received her Masters of Christian Education. She met her husband Kevin while there so returned to Huntsville to marry him in 1999. She served in children’s ministry at The Church at Hampton Cove until God led her home to care and minister to her five children: Luke, Kara Beth, Evan, Addy and Hudson. She enjoys reading, scrapbooking, planning vacations for her family and anything that takes her outdoors.
David is married to Risha and they have two adult children and four grandchildren. He has served faithfully as a deacon at Cornerstone since the beginning.
Born into a Navy family and marrying into the Air Force, Jenny isn't a native from anywhere but calls the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia home. Huntsville is now second on the "length of residence" list! With a degree in Christian Counseling and a minor in Youth Ministry, Jenny has worked for several large Christian organizations and volunteered in many capacities in her churches and homeschool groups. She has been serving at Cornerstone in the hospitality area for awhile, her husband Darren is a deacon, and her two sons, Ethan and Evan, are in the youth group. Jenny loves Christian historical fiction, hot tea, and dark chocolate . . . all at the same time.
Christina is the new Nursery Coordinator, assuming duties for Dee Petcher in May 2021. She attended Springdale Bible College in Birmingham, England and Samford University in Birmingham, AL. She and her husband have four children and they stay busy watching them play sports and practice music. She loves traveling, learning about other cultures, teaching Spanish to children, and spending time with her family.
Geneva join the Cornerstone staff in June of 2021. Perviously, she and Pastor Wilson served at Highlands PCA in Mississippi for nearly 10 years.