One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism.
— Ephesians 4:5
Cornerstone Community Baptist Church was founded in January 18, 1998 by by Reverend Willie James Lawson, Sr. for the purpose of witnessing and working to serve humanity by worshipping God in spirit and in truth.
After several months of unrest, discussions and confusion at the Mount Vernon Baptist Church, 441 Martin Later King Jr. Drive, N.W., Atlanta, Georgia, on Monday January 5, 1998 Rev. W. J. Lawson, Sr. was voted out of the pulpit by some of the members. There was no proof of any wrong doing on his part.
Reflecting on the word of God, Pastor Lawson recalls the scripture 1 Corinthians 14;33 “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” Therefore, he called a meeting on January 13, 1998 at his home to discuss leadership his supporters would need to go forward. The eleven people present were ready to put on the whole armor of God, go into the vineyard, and work for the Master. They were appointed to be the Contact & Support Team
The Team went to work immediately, contacting other supporters for the second meeting which was held on January 15, 1998 at Saint Peter Missionary Baptist Church Rev. Howard Creecy, Jr. Pastor. Rev. Creecy opened his fellowship hall to Pastor Lawson and his supporters for a long as necessary. At the meeting, 57 supporters were present. Following their own conviction to the call of God, supporting Rev. Lawson and working for the Maser, the team was hard at work to make the new ministry move. They expressed concerns and feelings that they were leaving Egypt led by a man sent from God to be their Moses, Rev. W. J. Lawson, Sr.
On Sunday, January 18, 1998 supporters called Rev. Lawson concerning worship plans. He was holding worship service at his home with his family and invited them to attend. Thirteen supporters joined him and his family. A powerful sermon, “Give it to Jesus” was preached by Pastor Lawson. The text was taken from Mathews 14:13-21.
Seventy-four supporters attending a third meeting, held at Saint Peter Missionary Baptist Church. Again, Rev. Howard Creecy, Jr so graciously opened his doors to Rev. Lawson and his supporters.
Sunday, January 25, 1998 at 11:00 A.M, Seasons Walter Larry, Stanley Pierce and Brother Roger Lovett witnessed the signing of a lease agreement by Rev. W.J. Lawson St. with Mr. Elroy Jefferson, Christian Brothers Funeral Home, 1860 Glenfair Road, Decatur, Georgia for use of the chapel for worship services.
Monday, January 26, 1998, the Mount Vernon Church membership voted Rev. Lawson back into the pulpit. He had already heard the voice of God to move on, he resigned after the morning worship on February 1, 1998.
February 8, 1998, one hundred eighty worshippers were present. Pastor Lawson revealed the name of the new church that has been laid on his heart by the Lord ” Cornerstone Community Baptist Church” The third and fourth Sundays were designated as Charter Membership days. , 166 persons joined. The membership has grown to over 300 and continues to grow. The membership thanks God for Pastor Lawson and the church without walls.