Our Big Announcement at Cornerstone


If you have been at church the past two weeks, you have heard the great news.  Sam Bartlett has officially joined us on staff at Cornerstone.  Sam has been an integral part of Cornerstone from the very beginning, and God has been drawing him back into full-time ministry.  Sam was a youth pastor and a church planter in his younger days, and I am super excited about how God has worked out the details for him to join us on the pastoral staff.  For the last several years, Sam has served as CEO of several major companies, including Digital Juice and Family Friendly Schools.  He has also written several books in addition to traveling around the country with his own speaking and consulting business.

We haven’t really worked out job titles, although Sam shared Sunday that he thinks his title should be CCO, the Chief Community Officer 😉    Sam will be focusing most of his energy and time into building true Biblical community through developing our visitation and pastoral care ministries.  He is already handling most of our counseling, and he will also be teaching more on Sunday morning.   I will remain the primary teacher on Sunday morning, but with Sam coming on board, I will be able to devote more time to implementing our vision, developing our facilities, and improving our youth and children’s ministries.

We have been working together for the last several years, the main difference is now that Sam will have more time to devote to Cornerstone and God’s mission.   It is exciting to see how Cornerstone has grown and developed over the last several years.  I have seen many lives changed through the ministry here, and we are just seeing the beginning of a great move of God.   Join me in sharing with Sam and his wonderful family how thankful we are that he has joined us.  It was definitely a sacrifice on his part, but he knows that this is where God wants him to be.


I am a former design engineer who now pastors Cornerstone Community Church in Galax, Virginia. I'm passionate about following Jesus and I love technology. I've been married to Jennifer for 28 years, and we have three adult children.

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2 Responses

  1. Joseph Sangl says:

    Great news for you and your team! Congrats Sam!

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