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Cornerstone's History

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 through 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 our current pastor, 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). In the last several years, we have expanded and updated our facilities to accommodate the blessings of people that call Cornerstone their church home.