Cornerstone Network will mark its 35th anniversary on Tuesday, April 15, and plans to celebrate its history and future with an array of activities, including an on-air celebration, the release of a new book, and the launch of new television programs.
The on-air celebration will officially launch the 35th anniversary and will take place on Saturday, April 12, at 8:00 p.m. ET. The special one-hour anniversary program will be aired on Cornerstone’s flagship show, Real Life, and include a live audience, ministry highlights from Cornerstone Founder Norma Bixler, stories from staff and partners, music from James Payne, and more.
“I’m so excited for another year of ‘raising high His signal’ to the people,” states Bixler, alluding to Isaiah 49:22. “This 35th year of spreading the Gospel means so much to me … It was completely unexpected when God gave my husband Russ and me the command to build a TV station. But when God tells you to do something — if you’re going to be obedient, nothing can stop you!”
Cornerstone Network launched on Easter Sunday, April 15, 1979, and has since grown to serve well beyond Pittsburgh-Altoona, PA, where it is based. Cornerstone distributes its channel to more than 112 LPTV affiliates, reaching the North American continent, plus Alaska and Hawaii, as well as Canada. It has also expanded its viewership by adding a powerful flagship program, Real Life, as well as original programs that attract audiences throughout the U.S. and the world.
“This 35th anniversary year has started with a great impact,” states Cornerstone President Donald Black. “Our program line-up is growing with anointed, life-changing shows. Real Life is packed with great features, teaching, and testimonies … Sister 2 Sister is airing every Wednesday … and we’re bringing Signs and Wonders on the weekend – teaching and demonstrating the mighty hand of God. I am excited that more and more people are connecting and being touched.”
Among its new initiatives is a campaign called “Hasten the Day,” which will allow Cornerstone to add to their program lineup, expand into new media formats, and reach millions of new viewers with the Good News of Jesus. The network is also working on a brand new series called Today's Girls, which will be a part of Real Life. The 13-week series tackles tough issues facing teenage girls in today's world.
Other ministry distinctives include a 24-hour prayer line, which has been in operation since the earliest days of Cornerstone, and its prison ministry, which includes free Christian programming via satellite to more than 50 prisons across the U.S. Cornerstone also has a team of writers who personally correspond with prisoners in more than 75 prisons.
Published: April 10, 2014