The History of Cornerstone

For over 60 years Hagee Ministries and Cornerstone Church have been taking all the Gospel to all the world and to every generation. From our humble beginnings at the Church of Castle Hills with 25 people in a living room to our current global ministry that is touching millions every day in 190 nations across the world, our commitment remains the same: "to share the unconditional love of Jesus Christ to those in desperate need of a Savior."

At the age of 17, Pastor Hagee walked into the pulpit for the very first time…after a miraculous change of heart that only God could have orchestrated. He was set to attend West Point, after receiving an appointment by Lyndon B. Johnson. He was done with church life, but God had other plans.

The first sermon Pastor ever preached was, “A Place Called Calvary.” The center of the Gospel is the cross…the place that cleanses each of us from sin, redeems us and sets us free. Isaiah 40:8 tells us, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of God stands forever.” May the Word of God always be the centerpiece of Cornerstone Church.

Pastor Hagee built the first church on Nacogdoches Road in San Antonio, Texas…pastoring there from 1966-1972. He was only able to get $65,000 in bonds from a security company in Houston, as a personal favor. No bank would touch a church with no financial history. But persistence overcame resistance and by God’s grace, the church was built.

The small congregation sold the bonds and bought the property, but that’s all the money they had. So, we worshipped at a rented store front on Loop 410 for four months, then at the Trinity University Chapel for six months. Every Sunday, an offering was taken and supplies were purchased to continue building that first church.

Our first Sunday in that church, we had a roof over our head with naked studs on the side. There was a concrete slab with an organ and a piano. It was winter time and when we sang, smoke came out of our mouths because it was so cold. It took us a year to finish that building, but we did it! On dedication day, the church was packed and heaven came down!

The second church was Trinity Church on Fourwinds Drive in Windcrest. Pastor Hagee pastored there from 1972-1975. The church exploded, and two services were quickly needed to accommodate the crowd.

The third church was the Church of Castle Hills, where Pastor Hagee preached from 1975-1987. The church filled up quickly, so we started a building program with only half the bonds sold. God miraculously provided for us, and everything was paid on time and in full because we serve a God without limit! On dedication Sunday, the building was filled to overflowing.

Pastor knew that God had a bigger plan for Cornerstone, and he asked the church board about getting into television ministry. They said absolutely not; our church had all the debt it could handle. So, Pastor and Diana sold some personal property and bought three RCA cameras. A small studio was built on the church property, and that’s where Global Evangelism Television (GETV) was launched. At the onset, you need to know that the ministry was barely reaching the parking lot and a few areas in our city. It was certainly nowhere near “global.”

The fourth church is the church that Pastor Hagee and his son, Matthew Hagee, currently pastor, Cornerstone Church on Stone Oak Pkwy. This church was dedicated in 1987 with a prayer of blessing by Pastor Hagee’s late father, Rev. Bythel Hagee.

The press said that the church was too far for anyone to attend, but the sanctuary was filled to overflowing on dedication morning. More than 6,000 people were in attendance when the fire marshal showed up. On March 11, 2018, Pastor Hagee celebrated 60 years of ministry and passed the torch to his son, Matthew Hagee.

Walk with us through time, as we celebrate God’s hand upon Hagee Ministries over the years. Thank you, Lord, for your faithfulness!

May 11, 1975 - The Church of Castle Hills

First Sanctuary of the Church of Castle Hills

MAY 10, 1978 - SECOND SANCTUARY OF CHURCH OF CASTLE HILLS

The Second Sanctuary of the Church of Castle Hill opens May 10, 1978. After, their first Sunday occupying the new Sanctuary Pastor Hagee started looking for land for the next church.

DECEMBER 1978 - GLOBAL EVANGELISM TELEVISION IS BORN

An opportunity arose for the acquisition of two low-power TV stations in San Antonio. Pastor Hagee applied for them and was granted licensing. Global Evangelism Television was born.

DECEMBER 1978 - GLOBAL EVANGELISM TELEVISION

Pastor Hagee and Barney Regets, the first TV Producer, with the first camera purchased in 1978.

1979 - GLOBAL EVANGELISM TELEVISION: HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

GETV was originally located in a small building behind the Sanctuary of the Church of Castle Hills.

MARCH 1984 - LAND FOR A NEW HOME

Land was purchased to build the new home of The Church Of Castle Hills.

MAY 12, 1985 - CORNERSTONE GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY

A contest was held to assist in selecting the name for the new building. “Cornerstone Church” was chosen and ground was broken on the new sanctuary site on May 12, 1985.

AUGUST 2, 1987 - A NEW HOME

The congregation brought their chairs to praise the Lord in a church service that was held in the Sanctuary of Cornerstone Church while under construction.

OCTOBER 4, 1987 - DEDICATION DAY

Rev. Bythel Hagee offered a prayer of dedication for Cornerstone Church's current location on Stone Oak Parkway.

1993 - CORNERSTONE CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS

Pastor Hagee’s dream to provide a Christian education for children began in early 1980’s. Then in 1993, a campus was purchased to bring that dream to fruition.

OCTOBER 2001 - PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU AT NIGHT TO HONOR ISRAEL

Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the overflowing crowd in San Antonio’s Cornerstone Church with the backdrop of the Israel and American flag standing behind.

FEBRUARY 2006 - CHRISTIANS UNITED FOR ISRAEL

Christians United For Israel is the largest pro-Israel grassroots organization in the United States with over 3 million members, and also is the only organization devoted to effectively educate and empower millions of pro-Israel Christians to stand for Israel.

MARCH 16, 2013 - THE ARK DEDICATION CEREMONY

Approximately 20,000 people attended the unveiling of the newest addition to Cornerstone Church, a 28,400 square foot Noah’s Ark inspired building.

DECEMBER 2015 - LAND PURCHASED FOR SANCTUARY OF HOPE

With the support of both Cornerstone Church and Hagee Ministries donors, we purchased 85 beautiful acres in the San Antonio Hill Country to build Sanctuary of Hope.

FEBRUARY 26, 2017 - SANCTUARY OF HOPE GROUNDBREAKING

Sanctuary of Hope is dedicated to preserving the sanctity of life by providing: an alternative to abortion, a safe environment to its residents and their children, and an opportunity for residents to receive a Christian education.

SEPTEMBER 24, 2017 - CORNERSTONE CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS NW MILITARY CAMPUS DEDICATION CEREMONY

This ceremony marked the celebration of 25 years of unprecedented educational excellence. Cornerstone Christian Schools’ facilities are complimented only by our equally amazing academic, fine arts and athletics programs.