Cornerstone Christian Church (1987-Present)
From The Illustrated History of Tipton, Missouri 1858-2008:
Tipton did not have an "independent" Christian Church until February 15, 1987. The members rented the Tipton Nutrition Center on Sunday mornings until March when they began using the Presbyterian Church building.
Faculty and students from Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly and Jerry Kilson (Director of M.O.V.E.) preached while the church searched for a minister. In August 1987, Tim Gola was hired as the first full-time minister. In April 1993, Mark and Brenda Gregor came to fill the ministerial vacancy when Rev. Gola left to work in a Christian Service Camp.
In January 1991, the congregation purchased just over three acres of land at the east edge of Tipton from John and Ruth Latham. The property was on the south side of Highway 50. Butch Rugen donated his dozer services to install a drive to the property and to make it accessible from Highway 50.
After much planning and prayer, it was decided to construct a metal building over a basement. The Ground Breaking Service was held on Sunday, March 20, 1994. Gary Walters arrived on March 22, 1994 to begin work on the basement. The footings were started on March 28 and poured by Wayne Hagemeyer, Greg Allen, a retired carpenter from New Mexico, came to Tipton with his wife, Lottie, and oversaw the completion and construction of the building. The congregation moved into the partially completed facility on Sunday, September 4, 1994. The Allens left in October when his job was completed.
On March 12, 1995 Reb Bob Shell came out of retirement and he and his wife, June, accepted the ministerial position. On March 19, 1995 the building was officially dedicated. Present for the dedication were 128 members and guests, including members from other Independent Christian churches and the faculty of the Central Christian College. Rev. Shell delivered the message. The brickwork on the exterior of the building was completed that spring and summer by Walter Wood.
Due to health reasons, the Shells retired once more and moved back to Illinois. Bible College students and others served as temporary ministers until Jim and Lucy Cormier were hired in September 1999. They left in November 2001. Don Stoll served as minister from January 2002 until June 2006. The congregation is currently (in 2008) using interim ministers while actively seeking another minister.
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