Building A Meaningful Community in Wake Forest, NC

On Easter 2024, Cornerstone: A Providence Family Church was planted at Wakefield Middle School in Wake Forest, NC. Since then, they have been intentional and passionate about building a meaningful community together, and creating rhythms of worship, teaching, and care. Melody Martin has been attending Cornerstone since the early days of the plant. Here are some of her own words about Cornerstone. 

“Cornerstone Church has been such a blessing to my family. We’ve been struggling a lot the past year. Our extended family was hit with many serious medical situations at the same time the church that we had been attending began falling apart, so other than my husband’s job, our world was turned upside-down.

We had been fervently praying about finding a church, and the Lord placed Cornerstone in our path at the exact right moment. Our first encounter with Pastor Luke imprinted on my heart that he cared more about the individual than his convenience. We walked into LifeGroup late and completely disoriented. He offered to help us navigate the maze that is Providence to ensure that not only our children all made it to their respective classes, but that my husband and I made it back to our own LifeGroup. What I didn’t realize that very first Sunday was how this has proven to be true of everyone that we have gotten to know at Cornerstone. This is a church grounded in the Word, built on prayer, and full of people who genuinely care about and engage with one another.

As a young congregation, finding people to serve is imperative, but I’ve heard many of the leaders state, “I care more about your soul than your service,” and it’s evident they truly mean it!

Although we have only known these families for a few months, we share deeply with one another and trust that we are being prayed for throughout the week, not just on Sundays. One of the biggest blessings for me is how quickly I’ve been able to get plugged in.

I cling to the belief that the only way to make true community is to get to know others on a deeper level.

I attend the women’s Friday morning Acts study, and my oldest daughter and I have been able to begin serving in the children’s ministry. It’s given me a window into the heart of how Cornerstone operates and how they focus on the gospel not just to evangelize, but to make disciples first in their own families, and then in the community.

One of the things I love most is how Providence has partnered with Cornerstone. My biggest hesitation with a church plant was my concern over leadership and accountability. I know that may sound silly, but from past experience, I needed full transparency on how church leadership is set up and how they plan on adding Elders and other church leaders. Luke and Naomi have gone above and beyond to answer any and all questions I’ve asked and given Scriptural reasons for decisions that have been made. It’s been reassuring to know that the Bible is their guidebook for all things and they stand by God’s principles to direct their path.

Not to oversimplify or over-spiritualize things, but joining the Cornerstone Church plant has breathed new life into me. From the moment we attended the first Cornerstone Church worship service before the official plant until now, my family has felt loved, cared for, and prayed for and that has helped restore my soul in a dreary and draining season.”

We’re praising God for how He is providing and sustaining our friends at Cornerstone, and we’re praying He continues to draw people in to being connected there.



Learn more about Cornerstone Church, and take your next step in helping build a meaningful community in Wake Forest.