Where It All Began
In March 2016, a few families began meeting in the living room of Ryan & Arin Thompson for intentional and serious prayer about reaching Nederland, TX and the surrounding areas with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For the next several months, these families gathered together often and dreamed and prayed about what God might accomplish for the sake of His name through a
Spirit-filled people living on mission together to make much of Jesus in their city. The vision of Cornerstone Church became to be a family of disciples of Jesus who love God, love His Word, and love each other. Our hope was to see lives changed and communities restored by the power of the good news of Jesus.
Growing The Vision
In April 2017, Cornerstone Church officially launched public worship services in an old flower shop on Nederland Avenue. The core team became the first covenanted members of Cornerstone Church and multiplied into four community groups. Ryan Thompson became the Lead Pastor of this new church. The vision God had given these few families in a living room prayer meeting was coming to fruition as friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers were engaged with the gospel through authentic community. The church was strengthened in faith and continued to grow larger (Acts 16:5).
The Lord's Hand Upon Us
It was not long after starting Cornerstone Church that the space we were meeting in weekly for worship became overly crowded. We prayed in faith that God would direct our next steps and provide a new building for us to gather in His perfect timing. Our desire was to be in a permanent location where we could worship together and better serve our city for years to come. In God’s kind and merciful provision over us, He provided an opportunity to purchase and renovate an old, abandoned church building at 1123 Canal Ave in Nederland. After months of renovations and hard work, we held our first public worship service at our new home in April 2019, exactly two years from the launch of Cornerstone Church.
The Church Multiplied
We planted Cornerstone Church with the vision of not just starting one new congregation in Southeast Texas, but to be a church that multiplies. Our hope and dream is that the glory of God through the local church would saturate Mid-County and spread to the ends of the earth so that every man, woman, boy, and girl has a daily encounter with Jesus through His people.
In August 2020, God began to bring this vision to fruition in greater ways than we could have even dreamed when we planted Providence Baptist Church in Beaumont, TX and commissioned Brian Allen as the Lead Pastor and Church Planter.
We are praying that God would raise up more pastors and leaders in our church to start more healthy, gospel-centered churches. "So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied." (Acts 9:31).
Where We Are Headed
We are excited about all that God has in store for us in serving the area of Mid-County for many years to come. Our desire continues to be to grow and be strengthened as a family of faith, to witness more and more people come to know and treasure Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and to play a part in planting gospel-centered churches both locally and globally. We would love for you to join us in this mission!
How can I partner with you?
Pray that the Lord will continue to bless this work. Pray that God will grow us in unity as a family of faith and grant wisdom to our leaders. Pray that more people will come to know the saving grace of Jesus. Pray that more churches would be planted in Southeast Texas for the glory of Christ.
Consider joining this mission with us in our community. Attend a worship service. Join a community group. There is a place for you here to be strengthened in your faith and love God and others.
Spread the word about Cornerstone Church. Tell others who might love our vision and be interested in laboring with us about the work God is doing in this church.
In order to be faithful to God’s mission, we want to partner with ministries and churches both locally and globally to advance the gospel. If you would like to give financially to this ministry, more information on giving is available here.