Cornerstone is a team-led church, guided by a set of Biblical core values, and holding to the historical Christian faith.
Brian Foreman • Lead Pastor
Pastor Brian Foreman and his family moved to New Hampshire from South Florida to launch a new church in New Hampshire. Cornerstone launched on Easter Sunday 2003. Brian graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University and has served in volunteer and staff church leadership positions ever since. In his spare time you'll find Brian reading (especially biographies), watching football (especially the Patriots), and outdoors (the activity depending upon the season). Brian and his wife Suellen have been married over 30 years and have five children. // Twitter • Facebook • Instagram • brianforeman.org
Paul Varley • Operations Director
Paul and his family came to Cornerstone early on and have served faithfully as his faith and family have grown. Paul and his wife Serena were among the first baptisms at Cornerstone, and he has served as Cornerstone's treasurer since 2009. Paul is also a product marketing manager for a tech company in Manchester.
Kent Rich • Music & Production Director
Kent owns a video production company and was hired to video Cornerstone's first baptism. After that he found Jesus and we found out he could sing and play among his many talents. Kent leads the Cornerstone Band and oversees the tech and production ministries of Cornerstone.
Elisabeth Rich • Church Ministries Director
Elisabeth came to Cornerstone from Illinois when she married Kent. In Illinois she launched and led a thriving ministry to unwed teen moms. At Cornerstone she oversees various church ministry teams and the outreach ministries in addition to adding her talented voice to the band.
We exist to reach people with the Good News of Jesus Christ, and lead them into a growing relationship with him. We do this by creating environments that inspire and equip people to follow Jesus wholeheartedly, so that there are more and more people saying "Yes!" to Jesus more and more often. These core values help us define what saying "Yes!" to Jesus looks like when it's lived out.
Love • We Are Others-Centered
In addition to teaching that the greatest commandment is to love God and love others, Jesus said, "There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends." (John 15:13 NLT) Following Jesus means putting aside our comfort and preferences to serve others. We aim to express selfless concern through practical actions with sensitivity, kindness, and humility. We are others-centered.
Initiative • We Are Proactive
In the Scriptures we see repeatedly that those described as good and wise are the ones who see a need and then do what it takes to meet it. When we see a need, we don't make excuses or wait for an invitation, we leverage our resources for the benefit of others. We have a can-do, whatever-it-takes mentality. We are proactive.
Excellence • We Exceed Expectations
We believe that excellence honors God and inspires people. Excellence is not perfectionism but simply doing the best you can with what you have. Our attitude is a reflection of Colossians 3:23a, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord." (NIV) So we are always aiming to do more than what is required, take it up a notch, go above and beyond, and exceed expectations.
Cornerstone is committed to the historical, Biblical Christian faith.
God is the creator and ruler of the universe. He eternally exists in three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. God is perfectly holy, completely good, infinitely loving, limitless in knowledge and sovereign in power.
Jesus Christ is God the Son. He is both fully God and fully man. Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit, lived a sinless life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for our sins and for our salvation by dying on the cross. He arose bodily from the dead, demonstrating his victory over sin and death, ascended into heaven, and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is God the Spirit, co-equal with God the Father and God the Son. The Holy Spirit is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the believer with power for Christian living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance for doing what is right. He gives spiritual gifts to believers to empower and enable them to serve others. As Christians, we seek to live under his control daily.
The Bible, the Old and New Testament together, is God's Word to us, so we believe that what the Bible teaches is true, is true. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. As the inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of his will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
The Human Condition
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like him in character. People are the supreme object of God's creation. God's image has been marred by attitudes and acts of disobedience towards God called sin. As such, apart from God's saving work in Jesus Christ all human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and deservedly under his judgment. Only through God's saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued from sin, reconciled to God and renewed in spirit.
Salvation is God's free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin with self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting exclusively in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness and eternal life can anyone be saved from sin's power and penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. One who has been genuinely saved is secure in that salvation for eternity, since it is the grace and power of God that initiates and maintains salvation, not the self-effort of the Christian.
The church consists of all who have been saved by God's grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Believers are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which he is the head. Local churches are visible expressions of the body of Christ, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances for the church, baptism and the Lord's Supper, which are not means of salvation, but visibly and tangibly express the gospel.
Response & Eternal Destiny
Everyone lives forever somewhere. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin in a place called hell, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation in a place called heaven. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence. God invites everyone everywhere to receive the offer of forgiveness and life in Jesus Christ by responding to the gospel in faith and obedience.