Bill 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, in 1981. They have four children and 8 grandchildren!

Jeff Hodgson

Pastor

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

Mike 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), children’s ministry, 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.

Kevin 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 our premarital counseling ministry. Kevin and his wife, Bethany, live in West Knoxville with their three children.

Zach 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, and oversees our worship team. Zach and his wife, Sarah, have three children. He graduated from the Sovereign Grace Pastors’ College in 2012.

Jake Simmons

Pastor

Jake has served as a pastor of Cornerstone Church of Knoxville since 2015. He serves the church by overseeing the outreach ministry, men’s ministry, and several community groups. He and his wife, Loren, have four children. He graduated from both the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Sovereign Grace Pastors’ College in 2014.

Stephen St. John

Pastor

Stephen began serving as a pastor at Cornerstone Church in 2021. He serves the church by overseeing the compassion ministry, Cornerstone U, family life, educational support, and through biblical counseling. Stephen and his wife Jennifer have eight children and four grandchildren. He is a graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary and is finishing a Doctorate of Ministry in Biblical Counseling from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Jake Cronin

Pastoral Resident

Jake has served full time as a Pastoral Resident at Cornerstone since 2021. He serves the church by overseeing our evangelism ministry as well as helping connect guests to the church. He and his wife, Ellen, have 2 children. He graduated from the Sovereign Grace Pastors' College in 2021.

Josh Varnedoe

Pastoral Resident

Josh has served as a pastoral resident at Cornerstone Church since February of 2022. He leads Volunteers for Christ, our campus outreach at the University of Tennessee, and assists in leading the singing on Sunday morning. Josh is married to Melanie. He graduated from the Sovereign Grace Pastor’s College in 2021.

Drew Williams

Pastoral Resident

Drew has served as a pastoral resident at Cornerstone since 2021. He leads the post-college ministry, and he also leads a community group in South Knoxville. Drew and his wife, Maria, have two boys. He graduated from the Sovereign Grace Pastors’ College in 2019.

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