Rev. Kathleen McMurray, Senior Pastor


Kathleen McMurray began as the Senior Pastor of Cornerstone July 2017. 

She grew up in Little Rock, AR, and graduated from Parkview Arts/Science Magnet. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors and a BA in Theater Studies from Louisiana State University and holds a Masters Degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

Before serving under pastoral appointment, she worked at Ozark Mission Project, First United Methodist Church Little Rock, and Park Ridge Community Church in Park Ridge, IL. She also spent one year in Thailand working with Borderless Friendship Foundation. She served in Conway, AR, and was ordained in the Arkansas Annual Conference in 2016 before coming to Cornerstone.

Three things I value about pastoral ministry in The United Methodist Church:
1) Unity & Diversity:  We are united in Christ, but diverse in our faith and our expressions of faith.  I am passionate about building bridges and seeing how diverse groups of people work together to share the love of God in Christ that transforms lives.  As John Wesley said, “In our essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; and in all things, charity.”

2) Relationships:  I am passionate about people and value the relational nature of pastoral ministry in the UMC – relationships with congregants, relationships with our communities, relationships across the connection, all of which are grounded in our relationship with the Triune God.

3) Service & Mission Focus: The United Methodist Church is a denomination with a powerful history of mission and service-oriented ministry – reaching outside our buildings to change lives in our communities.


Sam Meadors, Secondary Appointment

Sam Meadors is the Director of the Wesley Foundation, our UM campus ministry presence at Arkansas State University.  As a deacon in full connection, she relates to Cornerstone as a secondary appointment.

Sam preaches regularly as needed and teaches a weekly Bible study for Wednesday Night Live.  She is energetic, passionate, and loves the Lord.  She also has a special heart for college students!

Sam has been part of the Cornerstone family since July 2015.


Joslyn Johnson, Administrative Secretary

Joslyn’s favorite scripture is Romans 8:28: “…We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.

She enjoys being able to help others in their ministries.  Joslyn coordinates all church scheduling, oversees administrative and secretarial duties, and is the first face most of you see when dropping by the church.

Joslyn has served since June 2015.  She and her families are faithful and active members of Cornerstone.



Wendy Adams, Financial Secretary

Favorite Scripture:  Philippians 4: 13:  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Favorite Hymn or Song:  “How Great is Our God”

Hobbies:  Reading, Swimming, Biking, Cooking

What I Love About My Work:  The PEOPLE!  I like the way everyone is so nice and helpful.  It really feels like a family.


Abbeigh Rainwater, Children’s Director



taylorTaylor Noles, Youth Intern

Taylor has served as our youth intern since January 2016.  A senior at ASU, Taylor is set to graduate in May 2017 with plans to pursue a degree in Occupational Therapy.

Taylor has been active in District Committee on Youth Ministry, the Arkansas Conference Committee on Youth Ministry, and Choir Tour.  She loves taking our youth to Veritas, Assembly, and rallies.  She is passionate about Jesus and an excellent intern.


Andrea Newsom, Nursery Director



Blake Smith, Chancel Choir Director

Blake teaches music in Melbourne, Arkansas – his hometown.  His passions are music, sports broadcasting, and golf among other interests.

Blake came to Cornerstone from Presbyterian Kirk of the Pines in Hot Springs Village where he led their choir to perform at Carnegie Hall.  Blake is an accomplished director.  He also leads our children’s music ministry of choir and handbells.

Blake has been with Cornerstone since July 2016.


staffemEthel May Beall, Pianist/Accompanist

Favorite Hymn or Song:  Mozart, Bach, or Chopin

Hobbies:  Knitting, Needle Point, Crocheting and Cooking

What I Love About My Work:  The People!