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Sunday Mornings

10:00 AM

Church Address

1250 Heritage Lake Blvd.

Knoxville, TN 37922

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billBill Kittrell / Senior Pastor

Bill has served as Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Church of Knoxville since its inception in April of 1990. His responsibilities include general oversight of the church, training and care for the Pastoral Team, Sunday morning teachings, and leadership development. Bill married his high school sweetheart, Cheri, and they have four children and five grandchildren.

 

jeffJeff Hodgson / Pastor

 Jeff has served as a Pastor of Cornerstone Church of Knoxville since 2007. He serves as one of our bi-vocational pastors, overseeing the counseling ministry as well as several Community Groups. Jeff married his high school sweetheart, Melissa, and they have two children. He graduated from the Sovereign Grace Pastors College in May of 2007.


mikeMike Plewniak / Pastor

Mike has served as a Pastor of Cornerstone Church of Knoxville since 2004. He serves the church by overseeing the teen ministry (Relay), leadership development, ministry teams, and several Community Groups.  He and his wife, Elizabeth, have five children. He graduated from the Sovereign Grace Pastors College in May of 2004.

 

Walt Alexander / Pastorwalt

Walt has served as a Pastor of Cornerstone Church of Knoxville since 2009. He serves the church by overseeing the worship ministry, the Community Group ministry, men's ministry, and caring for a group of Community Groups. Walt and his wife, Kim, have three children. He graduated from the Sovereign Grace Pastors College in June of 2009 and from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in May of 2016.

Chris Moore picChris Moore / Pastor

Chris has served as a bi-vocational Pastor of Cornerstone Church of Knoxville since 2012. His current responsibilities include Community Group oversight, International Missions, Prayer ministry, and Home School support.  Currently, Chris is living in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife, Cindy, as he continues his education at the Sovereign Grace Pastors College.


kevinKevin Shipp / Pastor

Kevin has served as a bi-vocational pastor of Cornerstone Church of Knoxville since 2012. His current responsibilities include Community Group oversight and the premarital counseling ministry. Kevin and his wife, Bethany, live in West Knoxville with their three children.

 

zachZach Varnell / Pastor

Zach has served as a pastor of Cornerstone Church of Knoxville since 2012. He leads our campus ministry at the University of Tennessee, Volunteers for Christ. Zach and his wife, Sarah, have one child. He graduated from the Sovereign Grace Pastors College in 2012.  He is currently a distance-student at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  


jakeJake Simmons / Pastor

Jake has served as a pastor of Cornerstone Church of Knoxville since 2015. He serves the church by overseeing the outreach ministry and assisting with the campus ministry (VFC). He and his wife, Loren, have four children. He graduated from both the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Sovereign Grace Pastors College in 2014.

 

 

 Leadership Structure:

It is our view that Scripture teaches that elders are to lead, direct and manage the affairs of the church (Acts 20:17-38; 1 Thes 5:12-13; 1 Tim 3:1-7; 5:17; Titus 1:7-9; Heb 13:17; 1 Peter 5:1-5) not for members to govern in a democratic fashion. Elders are to be chosen for ministry by elders and must meet the clear requirements found in Scripture (1 Tim 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9). Elder duties include ruling and exercising oversight in the church (Acts 20:28, 1 Tim 5:17, 1 Tim 3:4-5; 1 Peter 5:2).

Furthermore, we believe that a biblical model is one in which the elders lead (Rom 12:8) while they listen (Ex 18:24, Pr 12:15, 19:20). We see the importance of seeking counsel from the congregation in major decisions of the church (Pr 11:14, 15:22). Though the congregation may not have a vote, they do have a voice. A healthy local church is one in which the elders seek as much input as possible from the members in order to make wise decisions that are affirmed by the congregation.