Church History: On August 16, 2009 a few gathered around a boardroom in response to a call from Rev. Mark Kearse. Reverend Kearse shared the vision that God had given him: a ministry, a church, and the name Cornerstone. Rev. Kearse had acknowledged the call two years prior, but in obedience to God, he continued to prepare himself while God prepared the way.
The official name Cornerstone Baptist Church of York, Pennsylvania was established on August 21, 2009. Plans were put in place to hold the first Service, “Sunday Night Fire,” on Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 6 p.m. at the Yorktowne Hotel. Pastor Kearse preached, “Chained to the Gospel,” Philippians 1:3-17. Ten people joined the church that evening.
Rev. Kearse worked diligently on securing a church building; however, the first offer was declined. We continued to hold scheduled services and Bible Study at the Yorktowne Hotel.
During the first Communion service, Sunday, October 4, 2009, Rev. Kearse announced that a friend connected him with a local UCC church for a “nesting” opportunity, and he asked the congregation to pray. On October 14, 2009, Rev. Kearse received word from Pastor Matthew Seeds that the members of Zion United Church of Christ approved for Cornerstone to share their sanctuary. Zion’s services to be held at 10:30 a.m., and Cornerstone’s services to be held at 12:30 p.m.
On Sunday, October 25, 2009, Cornerstone held its first service in the main sanctuary of the beautiful edifice of The Zion United Church of Christ, 100 Lafayette Street, York, PA. In April of 2010, the service time was changed to 11:30 a.m. Cornerstone continues to grow as new souls are added to the Kingdom of God.
Pastor’s Bio: Reverend Mark K. Kearse, M.Div., Pastor A native of York, Pa., The Reverend Mark K. Kearse accepted the call to preach at the young age of 24, and was licensed at the Shiloh Baptist Church in York. He was ordained by Dr. William H. Curtis, Pastor of Mt. Ararat Baptist Church of Pittsburgh in June of 2001.
Reverend Kearse received his undergraduate degree from York College of Pennsylvania in May of 2005 with honors. He continued the pursuit of academic excellence, and was awarded the distinction of being selected the Master of Divinity Presidential Scholar of Lancaster Theological Seminary. As a seminary intern, Reverend Kearse served the United Baptist Church of Baltimore, Md. and also served as the Director of Ministries under the leadership of Dr. Carl Solomon. He received a Master of Divinity degree in 2008 from Lancaster Theological Seminary. Reverend Kearse is currently a Doctor of Ministry Candidate at the Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland Ohio.
In August of 2009, Reverend Kearse answered the call to birth the Cornerstone Baptist Church. Initial services, “Sunday Night Fire” began on Sunday evening, September 13, 2009, at the Yorktowne Hotel Ballroom with Bible Study held every Wednesday. Within seven weeks, God blessed Pastor Kearse and the Cornerstone congregation with a nesting opportunity with a local church. The Cornerstone Baptist Church worships every Sunday at 11:30 a.m. at 629 S. Pershing Ave., York, PA, and has grown in membership from 10 to currently over 400.
Pastor Kearse is a leader and pillar in the York community. He is the recipient of the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., “Civic-Pillar of Faith” award and the Social Friendship Lodge No. 42 Free and Accepted Prince Hall Masons of York, “Community Service” award. Reverend Kearse is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. As a Pastor, Scholar and Civic Leader, Reverend Kearse seeks to invest in and serve the York Community as a humble vessel for the Kingdom of God.
Reverend Kearse is married to the former Vlonda Deneen Farr, and they are the proud parents of one son, Garrison Quinn.
Address: 629 S Pershing Ave, York, PA 17401
P.O. Box 7487
York, PA 17404
8:00 am: Hour of Power Worship Service
9:30 am: New Members Class
9:30 am: Christian Education
9:30 am: Men’s Bible Study
11:00 am: Sunday Worship Service
10:00 am: Baptism (1st Sunday)
6:00 pm: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Children’s Choir Rehearsal
7:00 pm: Prayer Service (1st Wednesday)
6:00 pm: Choir Rehearsal
7:00 pm: Praise and Worship Rehearsal