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Cornerstone's History

Celebrating over 45 years of God's faithfulness...

In January 1971 eight believers began meeting in the home of Gene Morton to study the Bible independent of any denomination. By May of that year, the group had decided to form an evangelical church. The process started by focusing a vision and creating bylaws and guidelines for the church. In the process, the group grew from 8 to 17. A leased location was soon needed.

In July 1972, Rev. Virgil Nyberg, EFCA Rocky Mountain District Superintendent, helped to form the Casper Evangelical Free Church with 17 charter members. Professor Ed Renich from Frontier Bible Institute in LaGrange, Wyoming served as the preacher each Sunday morning.

By June 1973, the church had grown to about 30 people and called Rev. Larry Mooreland to serve as pastor. He served for one year and was followed by several interim pastors.

In June 1975, Phil Anderson, a new seminary graduate, became pastor. In his three years at Casper Evangelical Free Church a youth ministry was created, the church was removed from missionary support, larger facilities were rented and land was purchased for a building.

In November 1979, the building process began for our current facilities. The congregation supported the work by completing 80% of the work themselves. The building was completed in December 1980.

A series of pastors and interim pastors came through the church until August of 1989 when Pastor Tim Bowman came for twelve years. He helped the church through some administrative issues and created many outreach opportunities. An Associate Pastor for Youth was also hired during this time.

“Dr. Bob” Griffin served as interim pastor for one year until Pastor Jack Olsen was hired in June 2003.

In April 2006, we added the descriptor “Cornerstone” to our church name to reflect our commitment to Jesus Christ as our chief cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20). Many expansions and updates were added to the facilities in the following years to accomodate the growth of Cornerstone.

In February 2015, Pastor Jack Olsen felt led to guide the congregation in a new direction to start the process of a Senior Pastoral Transition. After many months of prayer and planning, a group was formed to begin the process of a transition to find a new Senior Pastor.

In October 2015, Jace Cloud, the current senior pastor, began the one-year long transition process where he served as Senior Pastor successor with Pastor Jack maintaining the position of Senior Pastor.

In October 2016, Pastor Jace Cloud officially began his service as Senior Pastor and Pastor  Jack transitioned to the role of Associate Pastor of Adult Ministries. The two men give credit and praise to God for this smooth and positive transition of roles and enjoy serving the body togther.