On August 16, 2009 a few gathered around a boardroom in response to a call from Rev. Mark Kearse. Rev. Kearse shared the vision that God had given him: a ministry, a church, and the name Cornerstone. Rev. Kearse had acknowledged the call two years prior, but in obedience to God, he continued to prepare himself while God prepared the way.
The official name Cornerstone Baptist Church of York, Pennsylvania was established on August 21, 2009. Plans were put in place to hold the first Service, Sunday Night Fire, on Sunday, September 13, 2009, 6 pm at the Yorktowne Hotel. Pastor Kearse preached, Philippians 1:3-17. Ten people joined the church that evening. Rev. Kearse worked diligently on securing a church building however, the first offer was declined. We continued to hold scheduled services and Bible Study at the Yorktowne Hotel. During the first Communion service, Sunday, October 4, 2009, Rev. Kearse announced that a friend connected him with a local UCC church for a opportunity, and he asked the congregation to pray. On October 14, 2009, Rev. Kearse received word from Pastor Matthew Seeds that the members of Zion United Church of Christ approved for Cornerstone to share their sanctuary.
On Sunday, October 25, 2009, Cornerstone held its first service in the main sanctuary of the beautiful edifice of The Zion United Church of Christ, 100 Lafayette Street, York, PA. In April of 2010, the service time was changed to 11:30 am. Cornerstone relocated to 629 South Pershing Avenue, York PA on Sunday, March 2, 2014, and now worship every Sunday at 8 a.m. and ll a.m. Cornerstone continues to grow as new souls are added to the Kingdom of God.