- The Bible is the inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God. 2 Timothy 3:16
- One God, eternally existent in the trinity. 2 Corinthians 13:14
- The deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
- The rapture of the church at Christ's coming. Titus 2:13
- Cleansing from sin is through repentance and faith in Christ's work. 1 Peter 1:18-19
- Regeneration by the Holy Spirit is essential for personal salvation. John 3:3-5
- Physical healing of our bodies through Christ in answer to prayer. 1 Peter 2:24
- The Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:15
- The resurrection of the saved to life and the lost to damnation. John 5:28-29
- Water Baptism by immersion. Matthew 28:19
In the early Spring of 1984, the Lord began preparing Pastor Paul Price to change his ministry to church-planting. He began to make plans to move to St. Petersburg, Florida to found a church. In late September 1984, God changed his plans while he was traveling to his parents' home. He came through Indiana, Pennsylvania, and the Lord spoke to his heart that Indiana was the place where he was to plant a church - - - not Florida!
Immediately the Prices started making all the necessary plans to move to Indiana and start this new church. There was no one waiting to be part of this new church and soon he would even be tested by his denomination.
Cornerstone Worship Center's first service was held on Sunday, November 4, 1984 at the Indiana County YMCA at the corner of Ben Franklin Road and business Route 422. Attendance at the first service was just nine people, but from this humble beginning was the start of something great for the Indiana area.
The next few years were very trying times. Over the first seven years, the church's meeting place changed seven times. In the Spring of 1985, Cornerstone moved from the YMCA to the former Church of the Nazarene building at the corner of Wiley & Greeley Streets in Homer City. There was a small growth spurt and attendance grew to 15 people. However, there was a segment of people who rose up to gain full control of the church, and Pastor Price was forced to draw the battle line within the church walls to protect the flock both now and in the future (Acts 20:28). The church experienced its first 'split' and was reduced in size to 8-10 people. Nevertheless, he had made it clear to all watching that Cornerstone would not cater to power-hungry people without a servant's heart toward God! That concept is maintained to this day, no matter what the cost!
In September 1986, Pastor was praying and the Lord directed him to move back to Indiana and the church moved its location to the former Greenery Restaurant, which was where the Exxon gas station is situated in the Southtowne Plaza along Route 286. Pastor Price was stripped of his denominational identity - not by choice - but by the will of God. He lay down his pride and status within the denomination to begin a work dedicated to the glory of God. During those first formative years, he endured countless pitying looks, snickers, ridicule, and nay-sayers, but stood firm in his calling knowing God could and would use this local body of believers to touch the Indiana area with the gospel of Jesus Christ!
In March 1988, the Greenery Restaurant closed, forcing Cornerstone to find a new meeting place to hold its services. The Best Western University Inn would become the temporary location. Within a few months, the congregation doubled and Cornerstone began to see the first fruits of the seed which had been sown.
The Greenery Restaurant reopened and the management asked Pastor Price if Cornerstone would be willing to come back and meet there again. On Sunday, January 8, 1989, Cornerstone moved once again to the restaurant. However, with the growth of the church, God was starting to open up supernatural doors. Since the start , the Lord had laid a vision on Pastor Price's heart to find a building site where a permanent home could be built for Cornerstone. Through a series of supernatural events on Wednesday, August 23, 1989, Cornerstone Worship Center purchased a five-acre tract of land adjacent to the proposed 422 bypass on the west side of Indiana for $50,000.. At the time of the purchase, the bypass was not a reality. Yet, soon it would be built, Wal-Mart would move adjacent to the property, and it would become one of the most valuable prime pieces of real estate in Indiana.
In December 1989, Cornerstone moved its location for the fifth time to the former Free Methodist Church building at 418 Church Street in Indiana. In April 1990, the building was sold, forcing Cornerstone to find a new place to hold its services. The location would be on Old Route 119 North at Route 110. This was the former Honda motorcycle shop. With the labor of the congregation, it was turned into a meeting place and served as the church home for the next six years.
On Sunday, May 22, 1994, Cornerstone succeeded in paying off a 20-year loan on the property in just over five years. In the fall of 1994, a three-year stewardship campaign was launched. The end result was faith promises of over $175,000 toward the future construction of a permanent church building.
Peoples Bank endorsed Cornerstone's vision in May 1995 by granting a $450,000 construction loan. On Sunday, June 18, 1995, ground-breaking was held to start the construction process. Within 10 months, the church body was able to move into the ground level floor as a result of relentless hard laboring of just a few people and the help of the Holy Spirit.
From then until now, the congregation has witnessed one miracle after another to bring this church to present-day status. He has brought blessings through new people and a renewed strength and vision in the founders. Our cornerstone located on the building's edge says it all... for equipping the saints for the work of service to the building up of the body of Christ!
Who We Are
- Cornerstone Worship Center is a dynamic interdenominational church designed to meet the needs of the 21st century. We're a group of friendly, happy people who have discovered the joy of Christian Living.
- You'll Love the Difference ... Make new and lasting friendships, experience your faith grow, strengthen your marriage and family and hear positive, practical messages from the Word of God.
The Way We Worship
Why do we stand when we sing?
- Chronicles 20:19 - "And the Levites ... of the children of the Korhites stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with a loud voice on high."
Why do we clap our hands?
- Psalms 47:1 - "Clap your hands all you people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph."
Why do we lift our hands?
- Psalms 63:4 - "I will bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in Thy name."
- Psalms 134:2 - "Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and bless the Lord."
Why do we have audible praise unto the Lord?
- Psalms 103:1 - "Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me bless His holy name."
- Psalms 34:1 - "I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth."
Why do we sing in Tongues & in English?
- 1 Corinthians 14:15 - "For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is it then? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.
Why do we sing Choruses?
- Ephesians 5:18-19 - "And do not be drunk with wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord."
- Colossians 3:16 - "Let the word of Christ dwell in you ...: teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your heart to the Lord."
Why is Prophecy Utilized?
- Amos 3:8 - "... the Lord God has spoken, who can but prophesy?"
- 1 Corinthians 14:1 - "Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophecy."
- 1 Corinthians 14:31 - "For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may be comforted."
Why do we have Speaking in Tongues and Interpretation of those Tongues?
- 1 Corinthians 14:39 - "Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophecy, and forbid not to speak with tongues."
- 1 Corinthians 12:7-10 - "But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit ... to another prophesy; to another the interpretation of tongues."
- 1 Corinthians 14:5 - "Now, I wish you all spoke in tongues, but even more that you would prophesy; and greater is the one who prophesies than the one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may be edified."
- 1 Corinthians 14:27 - "If anyone speaks in a tongue, it should be by two or at the most three, and each in turn, and let one interpret."
Why does the whole church pray at once for specific needs?
- Acts 4:24 - "And when they heard this, they lifted their voices to God with one accord and said, 'O Lord it is Thou who didst make heaven and earth."
Why do we anoint the sick with oil?
- James 5:14-15 - "Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for elders of the church, let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord and the prayer offered in faith will restore the sick and the Lord will raise him up ..."
Rev. Paul A. Price
Pastor Paul Price's history began even before he was born. His mother, Marion, had two pregnancies ending in miscarriages. Marion prayed a Hanna Prayer (1 Samuel 1:10-11) and vowed to the Lord that if God would bless her with a son, she would dedicate him to ministry. Born on October 31, 1958, the adventure began! His home church was First Assembly of God in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. At a young age, he came to know Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. At nine years of age, he was called out by an evangelist in a revival service in his home church with a special admonition. It was prophesied that God's call was upon his life and he would become a Pastor whom God would use to touch many people's lives with the Gospel.
During his teenage years, he fell away from the Lord and went his own way, planning a career as an officer in the United States Navy. When he could not enter the Naval Academy because of his poor vision, he finally submitted himself to God's calling and made plans to attend Bible college. After graduation from Purchase Line High School, he enrolled and attended Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. His mother worked to provide him with finances to pay for his college tuition. While in Springfield, he met his wife, Claudia Ashworth, while working at the Assemblies of God nursing home called Maranatha Manor. They were united in marriage on December 22, 1978.
In his senior year of Bible college, he was tested with the temptation to give up the vision of full-time ministry and head up a new feed mill being erected in New Guinea. After this "test," he took the first available ministry opportunity after graduation in Champagne, Illinois. The church grew from 24 to 125 in eight weeks, but this fact threatened the founding pastor's wife. She conspired to have Pastor Paul and Claudia removed from the church. With nowhere to go, they were forced to return to Pennsylvania to live with his parents.
Even at the young age of twenty-one years old, his desire was to pastor, but no doors opened for several months. In October 1980, he was asked to candidate to become pastor of the Assembly of God Tabernacle in New Castle, Pennsylvania. In early November 1980, he was voted in as pastor. God blessed his ministry in New Castle and the church grew from 20 to over 100 in seven months. He remained there for four years.
In Spring 1984, the Lord began preparing Pastor Price to change his ministry to church-planting. He began to make plans to move to St. Petersburg, Florida to found a church. But God had other plans. You can read about it in the History section of our web site.
Rev. Walter Marr
Rev. Walter S. Marr is a resident of Elderton, PA. Rev. Walt has a special ministry of first person characterization. He presents biblical stories as if he were the person in that story. Through acting he tells of what that person saw and felt in that story. Several years ago when Rev. Walt asked the Lord to use him as a certified United Methodist Lay Speaker is when this came to the forefront. Over the years the Lord has also lead Rev. Walt to be a interdenominational Pastor through Calvary Ministries.
Rev. Walt also is a fill in pastor for local ministers. His gifting is used as something for the men, women, or youth group, Sunday school program, a church dinner, a fund raiser, vacation bible school, a special event or just something different for a church service! Rev. Walt brought himself along side Cornerstone years ago. Rev. Walt proved himself faithful and became an asset to this ministry. The leadership of the church brought Rev. Walt on board because of the direction of the Lord. Rev. Walt says himself that before he was brought on board at this ministry he always said Cornerstone was his home and his covering.
We invite you to learn more about Rev. Walt Marr on his webpage [www.waltmarr.com]. Even though he is part of the staff at Cornerstone he is always available for bookings elsewhere. His contact information is on his webpage or the church staff can reach out to him in your stead. You will be truly blessed because a man with a softer heart is hard to find!