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 – June 11, 2017

The Lord has brought a steady stream of young men, gifted for, and, interested in pursuing vocational ministry to Cornerstone over the years. Two such young men are Nathaniel Vroom and Christian Brewer.

Nathaniel Vroom has served for two years on staff at Cornerstone. The first year he served as the Discipleship Intern, serving a wide variety of ministry and administrative needs within the Discipleship Ministry area. This past year Nathaniel served as our Youth Director, leading our junior high and high school student ministry under the supervision of our ruling elder over youth, Randy Allen.

Nathaniel has done a truly superior job in fulfilling his duties as the Youth Director at Cornerstone. His gifts in leadership, administration, and teaching are obvious to anyone who has been under his ministry for any length of time. This year we’ve made great strides in the development of our youth ministry, and it’s due, in great measure, to the diligence and faithfulness of Nathaniel’s efforts.

Given all that, I’m both very pleased and very saddened to say that Nathaniel and his wife, Emma, won’t be with us much longer. Nathaniel has been accepted to Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC. Starting this fall, he will begin work on a Master of Divinity degree in preparation for vocational ministry. We’re genuinely thrilled for the Vrooms as they take this next step and continue to answer God’s call on their lives, but we will miss them so very much.

Don’t start crying just yet. Nathaniel is on staff till the end of June, and they won’t be moving till mid-July. We don’t have to say goodbye to them just yet. In fact, before he escapes, I asked Nathaniel to preach for us on Sunday, July 2, as an official close to his ministry among us.

As you’d expect, we’ve been planning for Nathaniel’s departure for some time and prayerfully asking the Lord to provide for us a Youth Director. I’m very pleased to announce that we didn’t have to look too far. A very familiar face will be leading our youth this next year. Our dear brother, Christian Brewer, has accepted the position and will begin officially July 1.

Christian is a freshly minted graduate from New College Franklin, and, on top of that, he’s now a married man! Three weeks ago, he married his college sweetheart, Courtney, and the two of them are remaining in Franklin for at least one more year and are eager to throw themselves into the work of ministry at Cornerstone.

Christian is no stranger to the Youth Ministry. He served as Youth Intern in 2015/2016 at Cornerstone, and he regularly volunteered in youth ministry both before and after his service as an intern. Anyone who has been around Christian for any period of time knows that he’s a servant of servants, an able teacher, and a developing leader. We could not be more excited to have Christian taking the reins of Youth Director this year.

Please take time to express your thanksgiving to the Vrooms and Brewers for their ministry among us, and commit to pray for them as they take significant steps of faith this year in answer to God’s call on their lives.

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