Legacy’s mission is to serve and edify the women of our church and community by encouraging their faith in Christ and hope in the gospel through events and opportunities unique to women.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them (Genesis, 1:27).
At Cornerstone Church of Knoxville we believe that men and women are equal as persons before God and yet unique and different in the way he has created them. Both men and women have been created by God in His image and yet with wonderful distinctions of masculinity and femininity that reveal something of the beauty of God. There is widespread uncertainty in our culture regarding the complementary differences between men and women. We hope that Cornerstone Church will be a place where the wonder and beauty of God’s Word and God’s creation will be on display and that it will also be a place where women will find great joy through the gospel and its transforming effects.
The goal of our Legacy Women’s ministry is to serve women from diverse life situations and backgrounds for this purpose.
The following women are wonderful members of our church and participants in our Legacy Women’s ministry:
Cheri Kittrell: Jesus saved me when I was eighteen years old just after I graduated from high school and before I went away to college (he saved my boyfriend at the same time which changed my life because I married the boy). In the last three decades I’ve been a wife, given birth to four children, watched the Lord save each of them, taught them at home through high school (three have graduated from college now and one is currently at UT), and had the joy of being a “mom-mom” to three grandkids. Along the way I’ve failed more often than not and learned that the Gospel wasn’t just for that first day thirty-plus years ago, but that “…the life I now live I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). That is, I need the transforming power of the Gospel for my life every day.
Michele McKinley: I became a Christian through Volunteers for Christ and, by God’s grace, got a job in Knoxville and have been here ever since. While I have had several jobs around the area through the years, each through differing circumstances has pushed me to my breaking point. During those seasons of hardship, I have learned so much about God and His care for me- from God disciplines those He loves (I get to re-learn this a lot!) to my identity is not found in my job but in God and being His daughter. Most recently, I am learning to trust God even when I don’t know what the next moment will hold or even what that trust looks like, but crying out to God for help and persevering onward. In this season verses such as Psalm 50:15 which says “and call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me” comfort my soul.
Maria Rosales: Until I got to college, I lived for myself and was looking for the perfect life. Then, my sophomore year of college, I heard the gospel of Jesus Christ and I was saved! By God's grace, I didn't want my old life anymore because it had led me to despair and misery. I got involved in VFC and CCK where I got my first bible and I actually wanted to read it. I felt joy and the anxieties and fears about life disappeared. The uncertainty of death went away, and the meaning of life became clear: to enjoy worshipping God and tell people how great his love is. God's grace has given me peace in life, and I no longer worry about school or the future. I once was living for a "perfect" unsatisfying life, but now I enjoy living for a perfect savior everyday and for eternity!
Melissa Hodgson: As I look back over the years, I see that God not only saved me as I was seeking my own way, but has faithfully upheld me through life’s blessings and trials. In this past year of great transitions (husband changed jobs, daughter married and moved out of state, son started college), we also struggled through a medically related trial as a family. God’s faithfulness through it all made me more aware that nothing in all creation will be able to separate me from the love of God in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:38-39). My unchangeable union with Christ gives me hope as I seek to walk out my faith amongst ever-changing circumstances. I have been regularly reminded of these truths by a community of believers who love me and have served me well.
Vanessa Williams: Jesus’ saving grace entered my life when I was twelve years old. However, it was not until my college years that I gained a greater understanding of the power of God in my life. Throughout all the years of college life, career, marriage, and family, God‘s sustaining grace has given me faith to follow Him and trust Him in each season of my life. My husband and I have been married over 20 years and we have two daughters. When my oldest daughter was born, I sensed the Holy Spirit leading me to become a stay-at-home mom. Since then I have homeschooled my two daughters, and my oldest will be graduating and entering college in the fall. I have seen God’s faithfulness throughout this journey and throughout the many days I felt overwhelmed with my many responsibilities. Now as I become a mom of a college student, I am confident that God will be faithful to me as He walks me through this new season of my life.
Anna Shastid: I grew up in a Christian home, and my desire was to have a large family. I was unable to have children for seven years, so I prayed and prayed for children. God heard my prayer and I have six children and 16 grandchildren! Our 10-year-old grandson lives with us. I hear about the "empty nest," but I'm not sure what that would be like. I'm grateful to God that I am physically able to care for a 10 year old. Jesus saved him last year--this assurance that God hears my prayers is enough for me. My life verse continues to be Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in The Lord with all thine heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your path straight.”
Suzanne Robinson: I grew up in a home that was very involved in the life and community of Cornerstone Church. God saved me when I was 13 while reading the missionary biography of Jim Elliot. My years in college were some of my most memorable years thus far, as the Lord used the joys, trials, and unexpected circumstances of life to show me my self-reliance and need for God. Upon graduating with a degree in graphic design, I came on staff with CCK's campus outreach Volunteers for Christ. I'm continually reminded of the Lord's great mercy and undeserved grace to me as I got to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with college girls at UT. I was once lost just like them, and it was such a sweet privilege to get to spend my days loving on these girls and telling them about my favorite Person (Jesus Christ), my favorite news (the gospel), and bringing them to my favorite place on this earth (this church)!
Bethany Shipp: I have a son and daughter and work part-time as a physical therapist. I’ve been blessed with years of biblical teaching on the value of being a wife, mom and home manager, and I feel the pleasure of God as I fulfill those roles. God’s word encourages me that raising children is a privilege and blessing. In the daily tasks at home, it encourages me to know that I am emulating Christ by laying down my life to serve my family. I also love working in my profession. I find great pleasure in using and growing in knowledge, building relationships in the community, and relieving pain and suffering. God’s Word reminds me that I have been saved to live for his glory in all that I do. Living in light of this protects me from pursuing my career for worldly reasons and frees me to enjoy God’s gifts of a family and a profession.
Through Cornerstone's Biblical Counseling Team, we have women who are trained and available to counsel other women. If you would like more information on our counseling team or to request counseling, please click here.
True Beauty by Carolyn Mahaney and Nicole Whitacre
Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood by John Piper, Wayne Grudem (free download)
Radical Womanhood: Feminine Faith in a Feminist World by Carolyn McCulley
What's the Difference: Manhood and Womanhood Defined According to the Bible by John Piper (free download)
Feminine Appeal: Seven Virtues of a Godly Wife and Mother by Carolyn Mahaney
Girl Talk: Mother-Daughter Conversations on Biblical Womanhood by Carolyn Mahaney and Nicole Whitacre
The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer
Womanly Dominion: More than a Gentle and Quiet Spirit by Mark Chanski
Let Me Be a Woman by Elisabeth Elliot
Legacy Women's Conferences
Legacy Teaching Nights at Cornerstone U