Wilson A. Shirley, Sr.
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 board of the Alabama Church Planting Network 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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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.
Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Taylor brings his passion for Chickfila and the revived corpse of the Volunteer's football program to the staff at 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 so Taylor could obtain his MDiv at Reformed Theological Seminary. He and his beautiful bride are parents to two wonderful children, Vergos and Lucienne. Outside of building pillow forts and searching high and low for cicada exoskeletons, Taylor enjoys vacuuming, consuming fantasy football statistics, and pizza. He joined the staff in June of 2018 and was ordained in 2019.
Cynthia Keen joined the staff of Cornerstone as the administrative assistant to Wilson Shirley in April of 2014. A native of Jackson, MS, she grew up at First Presbyterian Church and attended Belhaven College. She moved to Huntsville in 1991 and married her husband, Randy Keen, in September of 2005. Cynthia is the mother of four boys, Branham, Jeffrey, Rob & Russ Daniels. She is also blessed with three step-children. She loves sports of all kinds and enjoys spending time with family.
Dee Petcher is the Nursery Coordinator at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church. Prior to Cornerstone she was on Staff at Southwood Presbyterian Church from 2001-2012 as the Nursery Coordinator. Dee was born and grew up in Huntsville and graduated from Auburn University. She is married to Randy Petcher and they have two girls, Haley and Casey. She loves to read fiction books, taking long walks, and sports of all kinds – especially when Auburn or a kid she knows is playing.
Dee loves our children! Please contact her if you have any questions about the church nursery.
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.
Gail is a Huntsville native and has been married to David Kimrey (also a Huntsville native) for 34 years. They have 4 children: Sarah, Rebecca (and husband Ben), Rachel (and husband Alex) and Andrew. She attended the University of Alabama and has a BS degree in Nursing. Gail loves gardening, reading, cooking and entertaining friends at home and the church.
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.