Since 1971, Cornerstone has been putting lives on a firm foundation through prayer, proclamation, praise and recreation.
A brief History
Cornerstone traces its origin to a church plant of the Congaree Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in the United States (PCUS) in 1971, and established as McGregor Presbyterian Church in the Irmo area of South Carolina. Rev. Bill Solomon was called as the first pastor. The congregation grew rapidly as people came to know the Lord and lives were changed.
In 1981, remaining firm in their belief in the inerrancy and authority of the entire scripture, and upon recommendation of the Session, the congregation of McGregor Presbyterian voted overwhelmingly to leave the PCUS and to join the Presbyterian Church in America(PCA). The following year the members began meeting at Irmo Middle School, and took the name of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church. Three years later, in 1985, Cornerstone moved to its current facility on Bush River Road.
During this time Cornerstone embarked on three major initiatives: Woods Edge; Sports, Outreach, Arts and Recreation (SOAR); and a second campus. Each of these initiatives reflected the spirit of the church, drew heavily on the considerable resources of the congregation, and expanded the outreach of the church. Providing the labor and most of the materials, our church families spent countless weeks constructing Woods Edge, built primarily for the youth and expanded to other ministries. Many were surprised that the Cornerstone community could construct a 4,500 square foot facility at a fraction of the estimated cost, without added debt.
Soon afterwards, a similar camaraderie was evident as members gathered to grade and develop the soccer and baseball fields for SOAR. This program continues to minister to as many as 600 participants per season, including families from multiple churches and unchurched families. Each season is capped by a SOAR Fest celebration, which draws upwards of 1,000 guests.
The third initiative was the plant of a second campus. Seeing the need to reach residents of the rapidly developing northwest corner of greater Columbia, Cornerstone established a second campus, meeting at Dutch Fork High School. This led to the particularization of the second campus as a separate church, which became Grace Point Presbyterian Church.
To accept the call for another church plant, Rev. Solomon resigned in 1987. After David Bryan’s brief pastorate, the congregation called Rick Perrin as senior pastor (1991-2009). Following the pastorates of Jeff Brunsink (2011-2013) and Rob Korn (2014-2016), the congregation voted to extend a call to Rev. Joshua M. Knott to be Cornerstone’s Senior Pastor in June 2017. Pastor Knott plans to continue to legacy of focus on prayer, preaching, community outreach, evangelism, and worship.
The Lord has Blessed
- 51 acres of land along the Saluda River cultivated for members and guests
- Host to SOAR Leagues
- Inter-generational Congregation
- Thriving Choir & Children's Choir
- Best of Contemporary and Traditional Worship
- Mother church to Grace Point PCA
- Host to disaster relief teams in the continuing recovery from the 2015 flood
- Active Elders and Deacons
- Expository preaching through books of the Bible
- Sending and supporting church for over 50 local, national and international Missionaries and Agencies