History of Restoration Cornerstone

Restoration Cornerstone Church (RCC) originally began as Cornerstone Church of Albemarle (CCA) back in the late 1990’s.  Tim Nissley and Arlin Martin contacted Gerald Martin, Arlin’s brother and head of Cornerstone Church Network International, concerning possible leadership for a new church plant in Albemarle county.   Jon Quesenberry became pastor/church planter in 1999, beginning with a group of 18 people.  By the beginning of the new millennium, Pastor Jon had developed four small groups and initiated its first worship meeting at Alliance Bible Church on Rio Road in Charlottesville on April 2, 2000.

Struggling to grow in Charlottesville, Jon suggested that the church plant pray about moving to Crozet. Believing that this was truly God’s will, the move took place with their first meeting on Sunday afternoon, October 7, 2001 at Victory Hill Church of God in Crozet.  In that location, the church grew to over 40 regular attenders.  In 2002, the present building at 470 Twinkling Springs was purchased by Arlin Martin with renovations to the facility continuing through 2003.  With renovations completed, the building was dedicated on September 7, 2003.  Cornerstone Church of Albemarle was officially launched on September 14, 2003 with an attendance of 101 people.

Cornerstone Church Ministries International grew with churches being established in both the United States and several countries overseas as indigenous pastors were equipped. It also supported several missionaries. When its head, Pastor Gerald Martin announced his retirement, he also announced that the Ministry would multiply into what would be Heartlink and Restoration Network International. Cornerstone Church of Albemarle chose to go under the leadership of the new RNI with Pastor Kenton Slabaugh of Restoration Fellowship in Sarasota, Florida, becoming the Apostolic leader.

Pastor Jon Quesenberry stepped down as pastor of Cornerstone Church of Albemarle in 2011 and began developing what is now Charlottesville House of Prayer, and the church welcomed a new pastor, Rev. Chris Winans, to the helm in November of 2011. In April 2015, CCA officially changed its named to Restoration Cornerstone Church, maintaining its identity with the original Cornerstone Church Ministries International and taking on its new identity with Restoration Network International.

Restoration Cornerstone Church transitioned well under the new pastoral leadership because a good foundation had been laid by its predecessor and charter members, and because of the support of the Apostolic Counsel of pastors in the Network, who followed the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Restoration Cornerstone Church continues to branch out in ministry with a couple of prayer groups, four cell groups, Children’s and Youth ministries, FIRST Lego League, Restoration Garage (a men’s ministry), a new ministry to women (name pending). Pastor Chris is planning forward to the beginning of Soul Cafe, a ministry of providing a place to belong through the serving of coffee, Legacy cheesecakes, and other fare. This ministry will begin in the church building; however, the vision is to move it into the community. RCC also provides counseling through two ministries: Elijah House Ministries and SOZO.

The primary goal of Restoration Cornerstone Church is to see people encounter Jesus and grow in Him in a way that will mark every area of our lives.