Cornwall Christian Church

The Cornwall Christian Church

The Cornwall Christian Church was opened on June 12, 1983. However, the congregation of the church began meeting in Cornwall three years prior to that date. The Cornwall Church began as an outreach of the Central Christian Church in Charlottetown, and held its first worship service in a classroom at Eliot River Elementary School on September 28, 1980. Pastor Alan Smith delivered the sermon and 26 charter members joined the church. A short time later, approximately three acres of land was purchased with the help of the congregation and the Central Christian Church.1

A ground breaking service took place on July 4, 1982. Those present included Senior Member Everett Platts and other representatives: Elders, Deacons, Deaconesses, and members of the Building Committee.2 The congregation continued to meet at Eliot River Elementary School until the completion of the church building the following year. The official opening and dedication took place on June 12, 1983. The first full time minister was John R. Wilson, a native of Edmonton, Alberta. He began in 1981.3


ground breaking Construction Interior
Ground Breaking - Photo Courtesy of Cornwall Christian Church Construction - Photo Courtesy of Cornwall Christian Church Interior of Church - Photo taken by Sara Richard

“Although the church exists within a broader movement of Christian churches, the congregation at Cornwall is a completely independent and self-supporting body, and receives its leadership from men and women chosen by and from the congregation. As Scripture directs, the oversight of the congregation is the responsibility of the elders who are recognized by the church members on an annual basis.

The current senior minister of the church in 2011 is Michael Burns who was hired in 2004. Emily Ross is also a part time minister who serves in the area of Junior Church and children’s programs.

The elders of the church in 2011 are Brenton Dickieson, Peter Ross and Don Jardine.”4

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