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Our Church ( History (2010)

Cornerstone Baptist Church began inJanuary 1993 as a Bible Study Group meeting in the chapel of Kirksey Funeral Home in Valdese, North Carolina. It began as a dream of a few men and women who were meeting and praying each week.

As their numbers grew, services were moved to a vacant grocery store on Lovelady Road in February 1993. After long hard hours of labor, the group renovated the building into a worship center and place for Bible study.

On June 6, 1993, Cornerstone Baptist Church was organized with 60 charter members and 10 children. The interim Pastor was Reverend Lawrence Carroll.

Reverend Rob Evans as Cornerstone's first full-time pastor in November 1993. He was pastor for one year and left to further his education. Reverend Lawrence Carroll continued as interim in addition to several others including Reverend Scott Good.

In February 1996, Rev. Bill Abrams was called initially as interim [astor and in October 1996 was asked to serve as Senior Pastor. He served for seven years and Cornerstone grew and was blessed during this time.

In November 1996, the church selected a Building Committee and purchased 13 acres of property off Highway 70 East in Valdese. This property was sold in 1999 to assist with the purchase of 20 acres of land on Lovelady Road. The land has been paid in full.

In May 1998, the church voted to conduct a Capital Fund Raising Program, "Together We Build". Since its inception over $250,000 has been deposited into the account and used in paying for the First Unit Building.

Through many prayers and determination with a vision from God, Pastor Abrams contacted Carpenters for Christ in September 2000. The leaders of Carpenters for Christ met with the church in December 2000. Several months later Cornerstone was slected as the 20th church to be builty the Carpenters for Christ, the first in North Carolina.

The Carpenters arrived on Wednesday, June 6, 2001 and began their work on Thursday, June 7. There was a total of 139 Carpenters, representing 13 states. They worked non-stop through Thursday, June 14, 2001 with much help from Cornerstome members and the community. By the time the Carpenters left there was an 8700 square foot building with exterior walls, and roof in place on the 20 acres of Lovelady Road property.
(Read Article from "Biblical Recorder")

During the remainder of 2001, the Building Committee continued to lead the church in completing the first unit building with the assistance of volunteers near and far. Others gave sacrificially to furnish the new church.

The church family moved into the new facility on February 24, 2002. Cornerstone Baptist Church was dedicated to God on March 17, 2002 in a special service with more than 300 people in attendance. To God Be the Glory!

In August 2003, Pastor Bill followed God's calling to a church in eastern NC. A Pastor Search Committee was formed. Reverend Bob Shepherd served as interim pastor for one year, Pastor Bob spiritually led the church through Bible study and sharing God's word. He challenged the fellowship to move ahead with love and thanksgiving.

The Search Committee continued to seek a pastor and with faithful hearts, prayer and dedication, Reverend Ande Myers was unanimously affirmed by the church on October 24, 2004 as Cornerstone's third full-time minister. Pastor Ande, his wife Michelle served faithfully at CBC until May 2012, when they followed God's call to lead a church in Williamsburgg, Kentucky.
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In 2007 a picnic shelter was constructed and dedicated in loving memory of June Franklin by her family, extended family and friends. The shelter is continually used and enjoyed by children and adults.

Cornerstone has always had a heart for missions. The church has found great joy in serving the Lord through local, national and international missions. Some of the mission projects include: Little Samaritan Missionís Face of a Child (ten years of service to orphans in Moldova), Prayer Shawl Ministry (over 100 shawls given to those in need of prayer), Angel Food Ministry (working with First United Methodist Church in Valdese to provide meals for needy families in the community), and the Annual Toy Store (toys and the love of God shared with needy children and their families each Christmas). There are many other local needs met through the mission program at Cornerstone.

In appreciation to God and the Carpenters for Christ, Cornerstone Baptist Church continues to send a team of men each year to work with them to build churches.

Once again, Reverend Bob Shepherd has agreed to lead us on a quarterly basis until a new pastor is carefully and dutifully selected under the direction of a new search committee, which will be chosen later this month.

Reverand Eddie Graves was selected as CBC's 4th full-time pastor. Pastor Graves and his wife Marilyn were called on March 10, 2013 to serve at our church. They came from Baltimore, Maryland and previously spent 20 years in South America serving the mission field. We are so thankful to have them leading our church family.

This brief summary of the history of Cornerstone Baptist Church is a living testimony to the goodness and many blessings of God, and therefore, be it resolved that we come this first Sunday in June, 2012 to celebrate the 19th Anniversary of Cornerstone Baptist Church, by giving thanks to God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5:20).

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