Maury Davis, Senior Pastor
Pastor Maury Davis was arrested at age eighteen for the crime of first-degree murder. Following his trial and conviction, he served eight and one-half years in the Texas Department of Corrections. During his incarceration, Pastor Davis found his Savior in Jesus Christ and led a revival among his fellow prisoners. Following his unexpected release from prison, Pastor Davis served on the pastoral staff of Calvary Temple in Irving, Texas, under the leadership of Dr. J. Don George where he served as Youth Pastor. There, he met and married his wife, Gail, and in 1986, they became parents of triplets – Gabrielle, Danielle, and Galen. In 1994, their son, Dillon, was born into the family. After five years at Calvary Temple, Pastor Davis answered the call to full-time evangelism and the young family traveled across the United States preaching at churches, youth camps, Bible schools, and speaking to teens in public schools. In 1991, after preaching one Sunday at the two-hundred-fifty-member Cornerstone Church in Madison, Tennessee, Pastor Davis was offered the position of Senior Pastor. He accepted that appointment and has led Cornerstone to its current average attendance of nearly 3,900 people. Pastor Davis simply preaches that Jesus is the answer… whatever the situation, whatever the problem. He has a heartfelt desire for people to understand that if God would save him, He stands ready to meet anyone, whatever their circumstances.
Alice Jane Blythe, Pastor Emeritus
Pastor Alice Jane Blythe has a ministry of the Gospel which spans over the past 80 years. Throughout her ministry, she has operated in many settings which enabled her to reach thousands of people for Christ. Pastor Alice Jane Blythe served as the Women’s Ministries Director of the Tennessee District for 36 years. She has been a teacher, evangelist, and pastor–ministering to the needs of all those whom the Lord placed in their path. In April 1996, Brother and Sister Blythe accepted the position of Associate Pastors for the Senior Adults at Cornerstone Church, bringing life and vitality to not only the senior adults, but also the congregation as a whole. Currently, she is serving as Pastor Emeritus and continues to usher in the presence of the Lord wherever she goes.
Chelsea Chavez, Assistant Children’s Pastor
Pastor Chelsea Chavez was born and raised in Arizona. She grew up with parents who served God faithfully, attending the same Assemblies of God church for her whole life. It was at a youth camp her sophomore year of high School that the Lord put a burden for children on her heart. Although she had a strong passion to pursue a career in acting, the call of God on her life was greater. She attended Central Bible College in Springfield, MO, graduating with a B.A. in Children’s Ministries. She involved herself in various activities such as Student Government, a traveling drama team, and worked as a Resident Assistant during her time there. She also served in the children’s department at Ash Grove Assembly of God Church and, following graduation, assisted at her home church, Church on the Journey. Having a relationship with God at such a young age has strengthened Chelsea’s faith in what God can do in and through children. She has an excitement for life and for what God has planned for her here at Cornerstone.
Bobby Gourley, Next Generation Pastor
Pastor Bobby Gourley joined the Cornerstone staff as the Bowling Green Campus Pastor in 2011. Bobby was born and raised in Tennessee. After graduating high school, Bobby joined the United States Air Force in the Intelligence Division where he served for four years. As a self-proclaimed atheist/agnostic, Pastor Bobby had a “Damascus Road” experience that brought him back to Nashville, TN. After searching through churches in the Nashville area, Pastor Bobby and his family were led by God to Cornerstone Church in 2005; and in January 2006, he and his family followed the call of God on their lives to help build a church plant from Cornerstone Church in White House, TN. Pastor Bobby served at that church as Associate Pastor and helped lead the church to an attendance of over 1,000. Pastor Bobby and his wife, Toyia, now live in White House, TN with their four beautiful children.
Danny Johnson, Associate Pastor
Pastor Danny joined the Cornerstone Church staff in August of 2006 as the Helps and Connections pastor. He was born and raised in Montana, and after the death of a close friend, he gave his heart to the Lord at age 17. After attending Montana State University, he followed the call of God on his life and moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to attend Rhema Bible Training Center. Upon graduating from Rhema with a focus on pastoral ministry, he and his wife Carrie moved to Tennessee in 1989 to accept a position as Youth/Associate Pastor in Algood, Tennessee, where he served for sixteen years. He and his wife have two children, Daniel and Courtney.
Barry and Cande Kidd, Mt. Juliet Campus Pastors
Pastors Barry and Cande Kidd joined the pastoral staff as Campus Pastors for our Mt. Juliet, TN satellite campus in January of 2012. Barry was born and raised in Virginia and moved to Nashville when he was 13 years old. After graduating high school, Barry attended Nashville Business College where he received his degree in Business Management and Accounting. Cande was born and raised in Nashville, TN. After graduating from high school, she met and married Barry. They have been married for 35 years. They have three sons, two beautiful daughter-in-laws, one adorable grandson and another one on the way. Over the years, they have served in the church in many areas. Barry and Cande both have served as elders, sung in the choir, taught Sunday School and Wednesday Bible classes, served in the counseling ministry, hospital ministry, served as greeters, worked in the children’s ministry, have gone on missions trips, and have both given of themselves wherever else they could serve. Barry had spent 25 years of his life working in the rental uniform business until he made the decision to launch out on his own and open his first uniform/scrub store. Today, they own and operate four stores in Middle Tennessee. Barry received his call to the ministry August 20, 2009, while serving at a men’s weekend retreat. It was there where the direction and focus of his life began to change. He began studying for the ministry and received his credentials with the Assemblies of God in August of 2010. Barry and Cande are both committed to fulfilling the call of God on their lives while serving others. They are honored to serve in this position and have a passion to see people enjoy the life that God brings through His Son Jesus Christ.
Dana Lawson, Executive Pastor of Finances
Pastor Dana Lawson was born and raised in Winston-Salem, NC. He graduated from Gardner-Webb University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. After graduating at age 23, he opened and owned a restaurant for approximately two years. Following the restaurant business, Pastor Dana managed several businesses and directly managed over 900 employees. After several years as an outside salesperson, he became a mortgage broker, where he developed his financial management skills. Pastor Dana became Chief Financial Officer at Cornerstone Church in April 2003, and he is currently serving in that capacity. He lives in Hendersonville, TN, with his wife Julia and their three sons, Isaac, Andrew, and Samuel.
Robby McGee, Executive Pastor of Ministries
Pastor Robby McGee was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He developed an interest in business management early in life when he took a night course in business management to graduate early from high school. After graduating, he immediately went on the road with a Christian band called Mid South. He managed the band, played keyboards, sang, and was a songwriter for the band between 1982 and 1994. During that time, Mid South signed with Word records, was nominated for a Grammy, and Pastor Robby received a Dove Award for one of his songs. It was during those years that his business management skills developed by managing the band and by forming his bus-leasing and publishing companies. He lives in Hendersonville, Tennessee, with his wife Vanessa.
Aaron Moore, Children’s Pastor
Aaron Moore was born into a pastor’s home and grew up in church in a small town located in Northwest Florida. At the age of eight, he received Christ as his Savior, and later that year at Kids’ Camp, Aaron accepted the call on his life to Children’s Ministries. Knowing beyond the shadow of a doubt that God had spoken to him, he clung to that calling with everything he had. At the age of 11, he ministered at his first Kid’s Crusade at a local church. This would be the start of a growing evangelistic ministry for this young minister, as he was in demand at many of these crusades across the panhandle of Florida each summer. This past summer marked his 12th year of traveling as a children’s evangelist. At the age of 14, Aaron became the interim Children’s Pastor at his home church, working under his father. He continued to fill this position until he graduated from High School in 2007 and then went on staff at the church as he also pursued his degree in musical theatre. Aaron remained on the staff at Carmel Assembly of God Church until October of 2011 when God released him to move forward in his degree and pursue the next step in ministry. Aaron is so excited to have landed at Cornerstone Church as the next move in God’s calling on his life. Being called to ministry at such a young age equips Aaron with the faith that anything is possible in the life of a child–no one is too young to be used of God. He is so humbled to be a part of planting the seeds and reaping the harvest of the next generation for Jesus Christ.
Joe Mutter, Associate Pastor
Pastor Joe Mutter was born in Johnson City, TN, and later graduated from David Crocket High School in Jonesboro, TN. He attended college at Tusculum College in Greenville, TN. Pastor Joe began his career days as a Marketing Director for a ski resort in Gatlinburg, TN, and then moved into business for himself where he and his wife, Kelli, owned and operated Family Entertainment Centers from California to New York City. Pastor Joe and Kelli began attending Cornerstone Church in October 2002. After hearing Pastor Davis give his testimony, they both rededicated their lives to Jesus Christ and have been faithful supporters of Cornerstone Church and its many outreach ministries. They began working with Royal Rangers in 2003, and then moved to Sunday Super Church with Cross Kids in 2004. In the summer of 2006, Pastor Joe came on staff as the Children’s Pastor. Pastor Joe brings years of administrative and business experience to his new position. He has a deep conviction to serve our Lord Jesus Christ.
Sandy Sterban, Associate Pastor
Pastor Sandy Sterban sees the need for enlightenment in people’s lives in order for them to be winners in this life. Never content to remain inside boundaries, Pastor Sandy Sterban ministers in churches of all denominations. The driving force behind her is the desire to equip God’s people, whether in her home church or ministering wherever the Lord leads. Not knowing the Word as a young woman and how she could apply it in her life, Pastor Sandy Sterban allowed Satan to oppress her mind for nineteen years, thinking that this was God’s will. Through the power of praise and the Word of God, Pastor Sandy Sterban was released from the power of darkness and understood God’s longing for people to be free. “I know the Word of God can change the lives of people if they will only get it in their spirits. My desire is to teach believers about the incredible love and power of a big God. It’s imperative that Christians stop living beneath the provisions God has made for them.” Pastor Sandy oversees pastoral care, counseling and women’s ministries.
Tyler Sterban, Middle School Pastor
Pastor Tyler Sterban was born again at the age of 17, after a traumatic life experience. Since graduation from high school, Tyler has been privileged to serve in ministry at three megachurches. Currently, he is serving the Junior High ministry at Cornerstone Church while working toward completing his degree in Church Ministry and Psychology. Tyler loves Jesus, loves talking about Jesus, and, well… he loves Jesus!
Deeanna Wall, Associate Pastor
Pastor Deeanna Wall and her husband Bill have been married for 33 years. They came to Cornerstone Church in 1997 and reside in Hendersonville, TN. Deeanna was raised in Apopka, Florida, and moved to Nashville in 1977, where she became involved in the music industry singing background vocals for Warner Bros. and BNA Records. She eventually left the music business to begin working for Sumner County Schools. She was employed at Walton Ferry Elementary for 17 years before coming on staff in January 2009 in the Music/Drama Department as the Production Director. She now serves as Associate Pastor and oversees Hospital Ministries and PrimeLife. Her passion is to share the Word of God with people in such a way that they are compelled to live life beyond their own expectations and lay hold of the expectations that God has for them.