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Hours of Operation: Mon - Fri 8:00am - 8:00pm

Welcome to Cornerstone Baptist Church

2006 William Avenue

Montevideo, Minnesota


"Jesus Christ, Himself, being the Chief Cornerstone..."

Morning Worship: 9:30 AM                    Evening Bible Studies: 5:30 PM

OUR ANSWERS to your questions

A Brief History

Cornerstone Baptist Church held its first service in September of 2001 with 15 people present.  God has marvelously blessed us over the years, allowing us grow in numbers and to construct our present building which we moved into in April of 2008.  By December of 2011 we were debt free and today have plans already drawn up for a future expansion.  With dozens of family units in our church, you will find a great variety of people of all ages to get to know and fellowship with.

A Brief Summary of Our Beliefs

We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God and thus complete and without error.  God exists as a trinity; Jesus Christ is both true God and fully man; the Holy Spirit is a Person equal to the Father and Son.  Man was created by God, fell into sin, and is unable to redeem himself from his lost condition.  The shed blood of Jesus Christ provides the only basis for salvation for all who believe and receive Him as Savior.  The local church is God's primary place for fellowship and ministry of the gospel today.  Jesus Christ is coming back at any moment to receive believers into heaven and later to return to earth with them to set up His millennial kingdom.  (A full statement of our beliefs is available for the asking.?

A Brief Listing of our Associations

Our church, while a completely autonomous entity, has chosen to fellowship with the Minnesota Association of Regular Baptist Churches (www.marbc.org) and on a national level the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches (www.garbc.org).  We financially support missionaries around the world through Baptist Mid Missions (www.bmm.org), Baptist World Mission (www.baptistworldmission.org), and Mission Aviation Fellowship (www.maf.org).


Sunday Morning Worship

Our service begins at 9:30 AM but feel free to come early for a cup of coffee and sweet snack.  In our service we typically sing hymns and newer choruses, memorize Scripture together, are blessed by testimonies and special music, send the youngest children off to Children's Church after a platform challenge, and then spend the remainder of our time together in the Word of God through expository preaching.  We are currently going through the book of I Thessalonians.  CD's of past sermons are available.

Sunday Evening Bible Studies

Some still like to call it our Sunday School Hour with classes for all ages.  We often enjoy a light supper together as we study God's Word.  The adults are currently going through the book of Romans passage by passage learning the details and applying the principles to our lives.  The format is more discussion oriented lending itself to great questions and answers shared by all.   We generally begin the evening at 5:30 PM with singing and a review of Scripture memory passages we have learned in the past. Occasionally our Evening Bible Studies are cancelled due to weather or schedule changes. It is best to call ahead if planning to visit on Sunday night to make sure there hasn't been a change.

Pacebook is our children's Bible club held after school on Wednesdays.  It is for children in kindergarten through 6th grade.

Left Right Center is our youth group time for teens 7th through 12th grade.  We meet at 6:15 PM each Wednesday beginning with supper together.

Soul Sisters is a ladies fellowship group that meets the second Monday night of each month at 6:30 PM.

Other Opportunities include an occasional men's fellowship breakfast, a ladies Friday Bible study, and a ladies sewing circle.


Pastor John & Chris Runyan

Pastor John and his wife, Chris, moved to Montevideo in June of 2001.  Both are Nebraska born and both are graduates of Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary in Ankeny, Iowa.  John was a youth pastor in Creston, Iowa for three and one half years before moving to Emmetsburg, Iowa to help plant a church there.  After 17 and one half years of ministry there, they moved to Monte to establish Cornerstone Baptist Church.  Chris grew up in Monte after her folks moved here in the late 50's.  The Runyans are now empty nesters after having adopted five girls.  Chris spends part of her day caring for her elderly mother, while John enjoys substitute school teaching on occasion.   Pastor John has a passion for the Word of God--making it understandable and making it applicable to our daily lives.


We often talk of the three 'R's' of education: reading, (w)riting, and (a)rithmetic.  Our basic message of salvation can also be boiled down to three 'R's': Recognizing, Repenting, and Receiving.  Scripture teaches that we must recognize or acknowledge the fact that we are born sinners and because of that sin, make it impossible to save ourselves from eternal condemnation.  No amount of righteous deeds or religious rituals will pay the price for our sins. (Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23)  In repenting, we are confessing our sins and need of a Savior, turning from those sins to Jesus Christ, who paid sin's penalty on the cross for us.  (Romans 5:8)  By faith, we receive the Lord Jesus Christ into our lives, calling upon Him to forgive us, to cleanse us and to save us for all eternity.  (Romans 10:9-10, 13)  If you have any questions about these 3 'R's' or God's wonderful gift of salvation, please contact us.  We would love to show you from His word how heaven can be yours simply for the asking.


At this point we are only holding our morning worship service at 9:30 AM.  We do practice the safeguards of social distancing and encouraging the wearing of masks.

Our Morning Worship Service is livestreamed on our Facebook Page beginning at 10:00 AM.  The Facebook Page is Cornerstone Baptist Church of Montevideo.

In January our plans are to begin broadcasting our service live at 10:00 on 1460 AM KDMA, our local radio station.

We look forward to the remainder of our services, Bible studies, and youth programs returning soon.



Visit us at 2006 William Ave., Montevideo, MN 56265

(across the street from the Montevideo Middle School)

Call us at 320.269.8841

Email us at info@cornerstonemonte.org