Church Staff

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  • Dr. Rick Byrd

    senior pastor

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    Pastor Rick is an expository preacher who helps God's people understand God's Word and apply it to their lives. He usually preaches through whole books of the Bible. Rick has led Cornerstone to be very active in missions while also serving the International Mission Board as a trustee.

  • Dennis Nealy

    Executive pastor

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    Dennis oversees administration, missions, and various ministries at the church. He also helps lead worship in a passionate and energetic manner for our Contemporary Service. He has a heart for those who don't know God, a heart for discipleship, and a strong desire to see Cornerstone make a positive impact on her community. 

  • Hannah spear


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    Hannah desires to partner with your family in leading your child to Christ, equipping your child to be a faithful follower of Jesus, and teaching your child to share with others how to do the same. Hannah's heart is to be a faithful servant of Jesus as a response to God's great love for her. She hopes she can be a resource to you, so your family may glorify God together.  

  • Jim Grasty

    senior adults pastor


    Jim served the Lord in pastoral ministry for 30 years across the southeast, and now his ministry is connected to our Senior Adults seeking to serve Christ with them by using their combined years of gifts and experiences to build up the body of Christ. Jim’s passion is to link his faith and ministry skills with our senior adults in order to supplement and expand the ministry of the Word from our lead pastor. Jim does this by visiting our senior adults in their homes, accompanying them through the challenges of life, providing opportunities for fellowship, companionship, ministry, encouragement, prayer, Bible studies, and lots of laughter!

  • Tim SPear

    interim student pastor

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    With almost 40 years of experience working with students in four states (NC, AL, VA, and FL), Tim desires to lead students and their families to love Jesus and His Word, to love people, and to use their gifts in the body for His glory. He enjoys reading, playing disc golf, and spending time with his wife, Pat, their family and their handsome red husky, Koda.

  • Gabriella Smith

    Wee School Director


    Gabriella has a great desire to welcome preschoolers, along with their families into a learning environment that promotes spiritual growth and an understanding of God's love for His children. She comes to Cornerstone with years of teaching experience as well as a master's degree in educational administration. 

  • Brian Roberts

    interim worship Pastor

  • JoAnn Hampton

    Senior pastor's assistant/office manager


    Financial Administrator

  • Kathy Kress

    Admin Assistant/Receptionist

  • Linda Jermyn