The History of Cornerstone Youth Center
J.D. Martin introduces his vision for a teen coffeehouse to 17 youth pastors in the greater Elizabethtown area.
Cornerstone Café opens in the former David Martin Menswear Store, Center Square, Elizabethtown. The main emphasis is a Friday night coffeehouse. The entire staff is volunteer.
March 14, 2001
The first meeting of the Board of Directors occurs. J.D. Martin is approved is the organization’s first paid Executive Director.
March 28, 2001
Early items of business include the development of purpose and mission statements, an operating budget, and a job description for the Executive Director.
Sonja Martin agrees to serve as Interim Executive Director.
Christie Murlatt, an Elizabethtown College senior, is the first official intern (volunteer). A partnership is formed with Coalition for Christian Outreach, a campus ministry that partners with churches, colleges, and other organizations to develop men and women who live out their Christian faith in every area of life.
The Board approves a move from a coffeehouse emphasis to a more structured community youth center.
Christie (Murlatt) Gustafson is hired as Executive Director.
After school hours begin on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with expanded after school hours for teen homework assistance as well as recreation time.
The Board of Directors studies whether to remain at Center Square or to search for a permanent home for the ministry.
John Myers, a former pastor and Cornerstone volunteer, is hired as Executive Director. The CCO partnership continues.
The Board of Directors submits an offer to purchase the 95 South Wilson Avenue property.
January 31, 2008
Cornerstone Youth Center closes its doors at the Elizabethtown Center Square location.
With the assistance of volunteers donating more than 1000 hours of labor, renovations are made to facilitate the move in to Cornerstone’s new location.
March 7, 2008
Cornerstone reopens its doors in the new location, with nearly 60 youth attending on the opening night.
September 25, 2008
Cornerstone Capital Campaign kick-off banquet. The dinner invites community support for its 3-year $750,000 goal.
Temporary skateboard area opens in Recreation Facility to provide youth of Elizabethtown its only skateboard activities.
Cornerstone hires Laurie Shepler as the first paid Administrative Assistant
Phase I bids for construction go out.
July 1, 2010
Cornerstone exceeds the Capital Campaign goal of $750,000.
Phase I construction begins. Construction focuses on the following areas (Café, Kitchen, Lobby, Staff Offices, Hub, Loft, Mix)
January 10, 2011
Phase II construction (Pit area) awarded to Scenic Ridge Construction.
Phase I construction ends. Phase II construction (Pit area) begins
Phase II construction ends. Construction of skate board ramps begin with the direction of Jim Shepler.
Laurie Shepler assumes the position of Executive Director, previously held by John M. Myers.
Jonathan Weatherholtz accepts the NEW part-time position of Coordinator of Youth and Ministry.
The COVID-19 pandemic closes the Youth Center for 15 weeks.
Fall of 2020
The new addition of a 19′ Rock Climbing Wall is completed in the Skate Park.
Spring of 2021
Nathaniel Wright joins the staff in the part-time position of Executive Assistant