Staff

Wilson A. Shirley

Wilson A. Shirley

Senior Pastor

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. Wilson loves all things outdoors and reading. He and Laura have four children, Andrew, Forrest, Ann Evelyn, and Sarah Elizabeth.

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Brian Russ

Brian Russ

Assistant Pastor

Brian is the first assistant pastor of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Huntsville, AL. 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.

Cynthia Keen

Cynthia Keen

Administrative Assistant

Cynthia Keen joins the staff of Cornerstone as the administrative assistant to Wilson Shirley. 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

Dee Petcher

Nursery Coordinator

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.

Matthew Elliott

Matthew Elliott

Children's Ministry Coordinator

Matthew is the Children's Ministry Coordinator at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church. He is a native of Clinton, MS and graduated from Belhaven College Jackson in 2005. Matthew has most recently served at Twin Lakes Camp and Conference Center in Florence MS as the Assistant Camp Director. Having attended Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Matthew received a Master of Divinity as well as a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. He currently attends Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville KY pursuing a PhD in Pastoral Theology. Matthew enjoys playing guitar and mandolin as well as running, kayaking, and hiking.

Jessica Zambie

Jessica Zambie

Youth Ministry Coordinator

Jessica is the Youth Coordinator at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church. She was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. Jessica graduated from The University of Montevallo in 2010. After college, she served on staff with Campus Outreach at the University of North Alabama in Florence, AL. After her time with Campus Outreach, she lived in Ohio where her husband Chris is from. They moved to Huntsville, AL in 2016. Jessica’s interests include singing, board games, Netflix, and St. Louis Cardinals baseball.