Norma Bowman Bixler, Co-Founder of the Cornerstone Television Network, headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, has passed away.
Mrs. Bixler passed peacefully at her home on Monday, October 26, surrounded by family, as they listened together to “The Hallelujah Chorus.”
“Mom has passed on from labor to reward,” stated son Paul Bixler. “While it’s a difficult time for us as a family, it’s also a celebration of her life and legacy.”
Mrs. Bixler was greatly loved and admired by partners and viewers worldwide. In addition to founding a ministry that reaches across the nation and around the world, she also hosted numerous television programs, such as Getting Together and Focus 4. Most recently, she appeared as a co-host on Cornerstone’s current flagship program, Real Life, and the weekend edition of Signs and Wonders.
Mrs. Bixler was also well loved among the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) community, and she deeply treasured those friendships. Her late husband, Russell Bixler, was a member of the NRB Board of Directors and was Chairman of its Television Committee from 1983-1984.
“It’s with a personal sense of loss, but nevertheless with a joyful heart, that we release Norma into the loving arms of Jesus,” stated Cornerstone President Don Black. “Please keep the Bixler family and our Cornerstone family in your prayers. She was much more than a founder, board member, and personal mentor. Norma was a mother, grandmother, visionary, encourager, and dear friend! She was a leader of extraordinary faith and valor.”
Mrs. Bixler’s role in television ministry began in 1969, when she was a middle-aged housewife and mother of four. That year, God gave her a vision to build a Christian television station in Pittsburgh.
After 10 years of faithful prayer and perseverance, Cornerstone Television Network finally went on the air on April 15, 1979, and it has continued to be a beacon for sharing the Good News.
Throughout her 36-year ministry at Cornerstone, Mrs. Bixler was known for her vibrant, warm, and humble personality. She was at home in the studio, and many viewed her as a faithful mom and friend.
When her husband, Cornerstone’s Co-Founder and then-CEO Russell Bixler, died in January of 2000, Mrs. Bixler carried on the vision and mandate the Lord had given.
Those who knew Mrs. Bixler say her greatest desire was to help people experience the joy and happiness of knowing her Savior. She will be remembered as a faithful prayer warrior, mentor to the Cornerstone staff and viewers alike, a cherished person in the community, and a gracious host on Cornerstone Television Network’s flagship program.
Mrs. Bixler is survived by her four children, eleven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Charles Bowman and his wife Nona, her sister Janet Canady and her husband Ray, and brother-in-law Gene Smith. She was preceded in death by her sister, Sue Smith.
The complete story of Mrs. Bixler’s miraculous journey (alongside her husband) is chronicled in Faith Works, written by Russell Bixler, and the companion book Faith Wins, which she wrote. Cornerstone Television Network’s televised memorial program will be announced at www.ctvn.org/norma, as details become available.
By NRB Staff
Published: October 29, 2015