Cornerstone Church (Nashville)

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Cornerstone Church
36°15′56″N 86°44′01″W / 36.2656°N 86.7337°W / 36.2656; -86.7337Coordinates: 36°15′56″N 86°44′01″W / 36.2656°N 86.7337°W / 36.2656; -86.7337
LocationNashville, Tennessee
CountryUnited States
DenominationAssemblies of God USA (Pentecostal)
Senior pastor(s)Maury Davis
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Cornerstone Church is a Pentecostal Christian megachurch located in Nashville, Tennessee.[1] Maury Davis is the senior pastor of Cornerstone Church with his wife Gail Davis, who serves as co-pastor.[2][3] Cornerstone Church is associated with the Assemblies of God denomination.[4]

The church also appears on Sunday regional broadcasts on WKRN-TV in, ABC Network on Sundays at 10:30am C.S.T and via satellite throughout Africa and Europe on the Faith Broadcasting Network.[5]


Cornerstone Church was founded in 1983 by a group of 104 believers who had gathered for fellowship in the home of Ralph and Shirley Kidd.[6] Rev. Gene Jackson, the District Superintendent of the Assemblies of God had attended the fellowship there and offered the use of some land he had just bought as a place for worship. The church received the first donation from Sister Mattie King, mother of Shirley Kidd. The first morning worship service occurred on Sunday July 10, 1983.[7]

Cornerstone’s congregation increased, acquiring from Rev. Jackson the 21-acre campground which housed a small stone tabernacle, along with a church building. In the early 1990s, Cornerstone invited former youth minister and evangelist Maury Davis, an unlikely candidate for pastor, to lead the church.[8] Davis had been a familiar figure on religious programming and had gained a wide following. A few months after being invited, Davis became Cornerstone’s lead pastor.[9] The original church building on the property was destroyed by a fire, forcing an immediate move to another structure on the campus—a stone tabernacle that had been previously used for gatherings when the property served as a campground.[10]

The primary church building was completed in 2002 and its construction was part of a trend of larger churches in the United States that provided offices, classrooms and multi-purpose rooms. In 2005, the Family Life Center/Gym was finished and the worship services were moved to the newly built gym at this point.[11]

The church saw significant growth, having to add more Sunday service times to accommodate those wanting to worship. By the year 2000, a new sanctuary was completed; and in 2006, the Education Building added 30,000 square feet for adult education classrooms.[12] Changes and growth have continued through the years, to accommodate more people and provide additional resources for the church community.[13] A 30,000-square-foot, three-story expansion was completed in 2015 with additional space for children and young people, Nashville’s largest two-story indoor playground, updated technology, meeting rooms, and an expanded lobby and commons area, with a rock baptismal pool and cafe.[14][15]


Cornerstone has a kids church program, a student ministry and a Young Adults ministry.[16] Cornerstone Church also runs women and primelife community care which provides a range of community services including counseling services, health-related services,[17][18] emergency accommodation and other courses and support programs.[19]


  1. ^ "Pastor defends giving job to convicted murderer".
  2. ^ "Some Republicans balk at resolution honoring La Raza chair".
  3. ^ "Cornerstone Church in Madison, Tennessee honors America's veterans in Memorial Day weekend services". Examiner. 31 May 2010. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  4. ^ "Tim Tebow to speak at Nashville church in February". Tennessean. 13 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Cornerstone Nashville".
  7. ^ "About Us".
  8. ^ Bob Smietana (29 September 2008). "Nashville pastors shun national pulpit protest".
  9. ^ "About Maury Davis".
  10. ^ "Cornerstone Church's latest chapter in growth is $17M expansion". 19 August 2013.
  11. ^ "OUR STORY". Retrieved 17 April 2016.
  12. ^ "Cornerstone Church: An Extreme Educational Makeover". CBN.
  13. ^ Lizzy Alfs (15 December 2014). "Red Bicycle Coffee & Crepes to open at Cornerstone Church". Tennessean.
  14. ^ Lauren Breeze (6 April 2015). "Cornerstone Indoor Playground".
  15. ^ Getahn Ward (1 July 2014). "Cornerstone Church planning $15M retirement community". Tennessean.
  16. ^ "Ministries".
  17. ^ "Vaccine for Zika virus being worked on at Nashville's Vanderbilt University". 9 February 2016.
  18. ^ "Dentists pull teeth by hundreds on mission trips".
  19. ^ Julie Edwards (2 November 2015). "Carson in Madison: 'I'm just one of the folks'". WKRN-TV.

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