Church History

Cornerstone Chapel began as a desire in the hearts of a handful of people committed to a common vision of planting a Bible-teaching, Christ-centered church in the Leesburg, Virginia area. As an historic town dating from 1758, Leesburg has a rich heritage of denominational churches and can even boast of being the place where the first Methodist church was planted in America.

But in 1990, some people sensed the need for a church that crossed denominational lines, uniting people from various church backgrounds and people without a church background at all. Eager for a church dedicated to solid, practical teaching of God’s Word, combined with genuine, heartfelt worship, these faithful families began holding services at Simpson Middle School in March of that same year. Eight months later, Pastor Gary Hamrick accepted the invitation from all 18 members to become the first full-time pastor beginning in January, 1991.

The Lord has continued to build His church, adding hundreds of families and single adults to our fellowship. In May, 1994, we became affiliated with Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, CA. This affiliation has served to make us accountable to a credible ministry while still allowing us to maintain our independent, non-denominational status. We are not opposed to denominations as such—only their over-emphasis of doctrinal differences that have sometimes led to division in the Body of Christ.

We praise God for how He continues to grow our church with Jesus Christ as the cornerstone. On June 8, 1997, after meeting in the school building for seven years, the Lord blessed us with a church home of our own located at 742 Miller Drive SE, right next to the Leesburg airport. We have also been blessed with 30 acres in the Town of Leesburg on which we plan to expand our current facility. More information about our Building Project entitled Making Him Known, can be found at