Philosophy of Ministry
The ministries of Cornerstone Nashville are designed to attract those searching for meaning and purpose in their lives, introducing them to the saving power of Jesus Christ, providing a path to living victoriously through Him, and empowering them for service and leadership in their church, community and nation.
We are a community of Christian believers based on scriptural principles including:
“…upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” – Matthew 16:18 (KJV)
“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” – Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)
We exist to:
1. Our overall goal is to share the love of Jesus to the world — (John 3:16)
2. Communicate God’s Word through our words and lives – Evangelism (Acts 1:8, II Peter 3:9, Matthew 24:14)
3. Celebrate God’s presence as we gather together and as we go out into the world – Worship (Matthew 4:10, John 4:23-24, Psalm 122:1)
4. Assimilate God’s family with service to others – Ministry (Galatians 6:10, Acts 2:42, Romans 12:3-8)
5. Educate God’s people through teaching and example – Discipleship (Hebrews 6:1, Ephesians 4:11-13, II Peter 3:18)
6. Demonstrate God’s love by regularly gathering together – Fellowship (II Corinthians 8:4, Galatians 2:9, I John 1:7)
Cornerstone began in the home of David and Roma Wharton on April 6, 1983. That evening, Paul, the Whartons’ son, led a group of fifty-five people in worship and prayer. He became the first worship leader.
On Sunday, April 17, 104 people met at Ralph and Shirley Kidd’s home for church and dinner. During this meeting, the late Gene Jackson, then District Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, told the fledgling congregation of a hilltop tabernacle that he had purchased, and he offered them the use of this building for their services. That day, Sister Mattie King, Shirley Kidd’s mother, gave the first $100 towards a building fund so the church would one day have a building of its own. On the first Wednesday night in May, the congregation began meeting in the tabernacle on the hill, and the first advisory council was voted into being—but the church had no name.
In February 1984, Cornerstone’s first pastor, Paul Gilbreath, was elected, and 225 people attended his first Sunday. The church and all of its ministries also continued to grow.
On January 30, 1991, at the recommendation of Reverend Jackson and at the advisory council’s request, evangelist Maury Davis was invited to preach during the Wednesday night service. Four days later, on February 3, Pastor Davis gave his testimony. On this same day, the church voted and elected him as pastor.
Cornerstone experienced amazing growth, and in 1997 was recognized as the seventh fastest-growing Assemblies of God church in America. By the end of the following year, the average Sunday morning attendance grew to 1,400 people.
In September of 2006, Cornerstone completed a 30,000 square foot three-story building that houses a state-licensed Christian Preschool for infants and Pre-K children. This building also houses a two-story indoor playground and two floors of adult education classrooms.
In October of 2018, we began the next chapter of Cornerstone Nashville as Galen Davis became the next Senior Pastor of the church. We are believing God that our best days are ahead of us as we experience fresh vision and a new drive to reach out to our community in new and exciting ways. God is accomplishing great things through Cornerstone Nashville. But remember, the church is not a building. The church is you—it is all of us together. Beyond creating a place for His plans to be carried out, God is creating a people who will carry out His will. He is intimately interested in you and in your becoming the person He has destined you to be. Our prayer is that He will reveal to you the part you will play in this amazing victory! You can pray that prayer, too.
Through God, we shall do valiantly. – Psalm 60:12