Get to know our founder.

Dr.  Stanley B. Bennett:  
Founder of Cornerstone Baptist Church

Born in Fairfield, Alabama, as the youngest boy of 21 children,he enlisted with the United States Marine Corps in 1968 and served his country honorably for six years while stationed at Quantico.
After the conversion of his wife, Founding First Lady Deborah Bennett, while living in Queens, New York, in the 1970s, Dr. Stanley Bennett was confronted with the Gospel, baptized and immediately gave his life to Christ. He began serving as a deacon, Sunday school superintendent, bus captain, and usher at the International Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York.
Dr. Bennett earned a bachelor's degree in church ministries from Trinity Baptist College in 1989 and a master's degree from Louisiana Baptist University; he would also later receive honorary doctor of divinity degrees from Trinity Baptist College and New Life Bible College.
After graduating from Trinity Baptist College, Stanley Bennett was encouraged to establish an independent fundamental Baptist church in Richmond, which led to the founding of this very church; Cornerstone Baptist Church on February 4, 1990, in North Chesterfield.
From its humble beginnings in Stanley Bennett's family's living room, Cornerstone Baptist Church quickly grew, moving first to the chapel of  Richmond Christian School and later to a 12-acre campus on Cornerstone Boulevard in North Chesterfield as the congregation swelled into the hundreds.
Dr. Bennett provided his followers with edifying and uplifting spiritual guidance and opportunities for charitable outreach over more than 30 years, spearheading various ministries and initiatives that made a positive difference in the lives of those he served.
His message and counsel has reached far beyond the walls of Cornerstone Baptist Church, serving as a regional vice president for Trinity Baptist College and as a member of the Richmond Police Chaplain Academy and the steering committee of the Virginia Assembly of Independent Baptists.