In 1975, a 26 year old Barry Burns and his 23 year old wife, Ann, were living in Winston-Salem, NC. In September of that year, they responded to a Divine call on their lives to return to Johnson City to help establish a supernatural, regional church. In those days, Charismatic Churches were virtually non-existent. With an unquenchable zeal and a big vision, the handful of young pioneers literally learned as they went. Over the course of the next 37 years, the lives of thousands would be touched with the reality that Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever. Pastors Barry & Ann Burns had both discovered personally that in Jesus Christ, there was much more than religious tradition had conveyed. The mandate from God in 1975 was to establish a place where the Word of God was taught without compromise, where the Holy Spirit and His present day ministry in and through the people of God was welcomed, where uninhibited worship to Jesus Christ is encouraged and practiced, a place where believers become disciples of Jesus Christ, walking in His superabundant Grace.
Foundations are of the utmost significance and will ultimately determine the outcome of any endeavor. The foundation of Cornerstone Church is not built upon a schism or a splinter from another work, but is built upon a mandate from God. From a local elementary school gymnasium to a downtown storefront to our present location, this ministry is recognized in East Tennessee as a landmark of integrity, stability and truth. Cornerstone Church sites on a hill off Interstate 26 at the northern entrance of Johnson City, Tennessee.