Welcome to Cornerstone Presbyterian

Thank you for visiting our website, and we hope that you will join us Sunday mornings for one of our worship services.

Please look through the website to find out what we believe, what God is calling us to as a church, and practical information about visiting. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions. We’d love to hear from you, and we hope to see you on Sunday.

Office: (615) 618-4707

Location: 136 Third Avenue, South
                    Franklin, TN 36064

What is the schedule for Sunday morning?

We have two corporate worship services on Sunday morning at 8:00 and 10:45 am. The sermon and the music are identical at both services.  We welcome children of all ages in the worship services. If you so desire, nursery (click here) is available for children under the age of 3.

Sunday school classes for all ages meet from 9:45-10:35 am.

Children’s Classes (click here)

Bucer Group (Youth) (click here)

Adult Sunday School Classes (click here)


What should I expect on a Sunday morning?

Don’t be surprised if someone greets you or says hello. The worship service bulletin can be found at either the front or side entrances and contains all of the Scripture readings and the music we sing. Although the worship service is historically rooted, it is presented in a manner accessible to where God has placed us in this time and in this culture. You can expect clear, penetrating, exposition of God’s Word in the sermon, and we celebrate communion every week. By the way, we do not pass an offering plate during the service, but if you’d like to give financially to the ministry of the church, there are boxes available at each entrance.

Adult Sunday School Classes

As part of the ongoing discipling and equipping of the saints for worship and service, we have a regular schedule of classes for adults during the Sunday School hour.

On Vocation in the Chapel

Koinonia with Larry Thompson (Kuyper 303)

God is a creator and He has gifted His people with the desire to create. Enjoying those things that are beautiful, well-crafted, and artfully formed helps us to understand more of God’s nature and character. In addition, working with the materials that God has made, we can rejoice in the ordering of those resources through the arts—color, movement, sound, time, language.

We place a high priority on the excellent but accessible music that we sing on Sunday mornings keeping beauty and aesthetics as part of our consideration. But we also enjoy exploring other realms of the arts through monthly literature discussions, regular film nights, trips to concerts, encouraging the visual arts, and hosting musical groups or ensembles.

Christianity has a long history of fostering the arts, and we want to more fully understand, embrace, and participate and continue this rich legacy.


Despite its medium size, Franklin has a small town feel.  The downtown community of historic sites, businesses, and restaurants enables the building of relationships and the promise of always running into someone you know. This is the context in which God has placed our church—not only as a quaint and homey environment but as a place to serve.

As a Bible-believing church in the heart of the town, we want to make the Word of God visible in every aspect of life. Living out this ministry intersects the downtown community through arts events, ESL classes, and hosting various ministries as well as the natural outgrowth of the church members living out their callings in downtown—whether in meetings at Merridees, fellowshipping at a coffee house or working in office space off of the square.

We desire to be Christ’s light in downtown Franklin as well as good neighbors. Being on mission begins in the immediate context in which God has placed us and then spreads out from there.

When Christ Community Church moved from downtown Franklin to its new facility on Hillsboro Road in the fall of 2001, the church retained the Historic Downtown Chapel with the desire that it could continue to be used for ministry purposes as well as for church planting. This hope was realized in December 2006, when Pastor George Grant along with elders and deacons from Christ Community planted Parish Presbyterian Church using the Chapel as its home.

Over the next four years, Parish grew to the point of needing three morning worship services to accommodate the congregation. One of Parish Presbyterian’s founding principles was the desire to continue to plant daughter churches. In the fall of 2010, Parish purchased property and a permanent home on Clovercroft Road in east Franklin. With that as a catalyst, Pastor Nate Shurden and elders and deacons from Parish remained in downtown Franklin to plant a daughter church, Cornerstone Presbyterian Church.

Cornerstone Presbyterian began meeting on January 16, 2011 as a church plant and received full status as a church in our denomination, the Presbyterian Church in America, in November 2011. We are grateful that God has blessed our fellowship with members of all ages—from children to large numbers of young families to grandparents.

The Historic Downtown Chapel was originally built by First Baptist Church in 1849. Although the building was damaged in the Civil War, it was rebuilt, then rebuilt again in 1890 after a fire. The First Baptist congregation moved about two miles away in 1988 and sold a collection of buildings, including the chapel, to Christ Community Church. In March of 2012, Cornerstone bought the Chapel from Christ Community as a permanent home.

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Pastoral Notes – March 19, 2017

It was a beautiful thing to gather with the elders and deacons on Tuesday night and have five new faces around the table. With the addition of Gene King, Marty Smith, Todd Russell, Brian Phillips, and Steve Green to the officer core, we now have the largest leadership team we’ve ever had! I praise God for these new servant leaders, not only because we needed an increase of qualified, gifted, and called men on our leadership team, but for the fact that one of the leading signs of a church’s vitality is the continual multiplication of qualified servant leaders. Please join with me in giving praise to God for this evidence of life in our midst. Further, please commit to regularly pray for all the leaders of Cornerstone that we would faithfully carry out our calling to shepherd the flock of God (1 Peter 5:1-5). We desperately need and depend on your prayers.

I want to mention a couple of notable actions coming out of our Leadership and Session meetings on Tuesday night. First, in the wake of Joe Haworth’s transition from the diaconate to the eldership, a vacancy in the chairmanship of the diaconate was created. After much prayer and discussion, we asked Mr. Larry Thompson if he would consider taking up the diaconal chair mantle. For those of you who know Larry personally, you won’t be surprised to hear that he responded by saying, “I am willing to serve wherever and however is best for the church.” Sounds like Larry, doesn’t it? What a gracious servant he is. All the leaders enthusiastically received the nomination of Larry Thompson for chairman of the deacons, and he was unanimously elected.

Now, it’s fitting that I take a moment to personally and publically express my deep gratitude to God for the life and ministry of Joe Haworth. Joe has served tirelessly on the benevolence, finance, and personnel teams, while also providing direction and leadership to the entirety of the diaconate for many years. His steadfast efforts in caring for the physical needs of the church are a challenge and an example to all of us. We thank you, Joe, for how you’ve loved us so well for so many years, and we look forward to how the Lord will use you in the years to come among the elders.

Finally, during the Session meeting on Tuesday night, the elders had the privilege of sitting with Nathaniel and Emma Vroom. Nathaniel has served on staff at Cornerstone for two years, first as our Discipleship Intern and now as our Youth Director. As some of you know, Nathaniel has also been prayerfully exploring a sense of call to vocational ministry these last couple of years. On Tuesday night, the elders got the opportunity to hear and examine Nathaniel on his sense of call to ministry, while also hearing a report from Emma about her support of Nathaniel as together they make preparations for starting seminary. Again, I am pleased to report that our time with Nathaniel and Emma was deeply encouraging, and that the elders voted unanimously to receive Nathaniel as an under care candidate for pastoral ministry. Please pray for Nathaniel and Emma as they prayerfully consider their next steps in preparation for ministry.

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