Cornerstone Ministries is an independent Christian church affiliated with the Calvary Chapel Association. Cornerstone Ministries is a community of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. We are a church family who are on Jesus’ Mission in the Napa Valley. To that end we have established the goals of Reach Out, Equip, Mobilize and Support.
How We Started
In March of 1991, Pastor Bill was contacted and asked about starting a new church in Napa. After many weekend trips, a family vacation in July of 1991, and much prayer, the decision was made for Pastor Bill to leave his position as an assistant pastor at Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, Ca and move to Napa to start the new church.
Cornerstone started in September of 1991, and our first Sunday morning service was held on October 6th in the Walden’s living room; children’s ministry was in one of the bedrooms. Those were challenging and exciting days.
Over the years, the church has grown numerically and spiritually. The Children’s Ministry has moved from a spare bedroom into several well-equipped classrooms. Ministries now exist for Middle and High School students, Families and Men & Women of all ages. But with the same emphasis on the simple basics of our faith: Relationship with God, Bible Study, Prayer, and Worship remain at the core of what Cornerstone has become and where it is going.
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What We Believe
1 Corinthians 3:11, Ephesians 2:20, Romans 5:6-10
1 Timothy 4:13, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 1 Thessalonians 2:13
John 4:23, Romans 8:28, Ephesians 4:15
John 15:5, 1 Corinthians 3:16, 1 Peter 2:2
John 13:34-35, 1 Corinthians 13:13, Philippians 2:3-5
Ephesians 4:11-13, Ephesians 2:10, 1 Corinthians 12:4-7
Meet The Staff
Pastor Bill Walden founded Cornerstone in 1991 with his wife Debbie and several families. The group quickly outgrew his home and has met in various locations over the years. Bill served under Pastor Chuck Smith at Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa from 1989-91. He has been married to Debbie since 1982, and they have three adult children and six grandchildren. You can learn more about Bill’s music ministry and life from these links.
Pastor Vince Asaro and his wife Patty were both born and raised in the Bay Area. Vince and Patty met while teaching and coaching on staff at Edison High School in Orange County CA. During this time (the 70’s) both of them made commitments of faith in Jesus Christ and were married. Their first experience in ministering to others was at Teen Bible studies in their home and in the children’s ministry at Calvary Chapel, Costa Mesa. Shortly after that time Vince felt the Lord was calling them into the ministry (Christian Education) and accepted a Vice principle position at Maranatha Christian Academy. After 3 years at Maranatha they moved in 1980 to Napa to direct the children’s ministry of Calvary Chapel. Since that time they have served the Lord in many capacities, including teaching in the Napa Valley Christian School district, counseling families, teaching Sunday school, adult bible classes, and home fellowships. Vince and Patty have been involved with Cornerstone Ministries for over 22 years and came on staff after he was ordained by the church. His passion has been family counseling, teaching group bible studies, serving the church in various capacities. In their early years Vince and Patty were very active in a large home school group in Napa while raising their two sons, Joel and David, and now have 5 grandchildren, Eli, Braden, Abigail, Aubrey, and Adelyn.
Rob Rainey is the Youth Pastor at CMNV. Feeling called to serve the Lord in Napa, he and his wife Jessica Rainey relocated from east Tennessee to the Bay area in 2016. Rob has been walking with the Lord since 2005, he married Jessica in 2014 and they recently had their first child, a daughter named Ellie “Jo”anne Rainey, 2017. Rob’s passion is to love the students that God has entrusted to CMNV, to serve them, to teach the Bible and how to live lives that are pleasing to God.
Jan Wagner committed her life to Christ in 1970 while in college and soon after began attending Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa. Jan has served at Cornerstone as the office assistant since 2002. Her husband Dave, and daughter Kristi, have attended Cornerstone since 1996. Dave & Jan have been married since 1974. After the birth of Michael in 1976, they moved from Long Beach to Napa. They have 2 grandchildren, Luke & Benjamin.
Jen Niemi met her husband Jon while taking classes at Napa Valley College in 1994 and therest, so they say, is history. Jen and Jon accepted the Lord early into their marriage and Jen
has been involved in Children’s Ministry in some capacity ever since. Jen and her family
began attending Cornerstone in 2004. Jon and Jen have two children Jon Jr.(better known as
Jon Jon) and Haley. Jon Jon is recently married to Izabel and they serve together here at
Cornerstone. Haley flew the nest and is currently attending classes at Grand Canyon
University in Phoenix. Jen loves working with the children at church and is excited to be a part
of what the Lord is doing in our church and community