HEUVELTON – The 100-member-strong Corner Stone Wesleyan Church is under new leadership.
Pastor Rusty C. Bissell took the helm in August 2012 after being called back from Florida by the Wesleyan leadership in New England.
Rev. Bissell had moved to Florida in 2007 to help recovering drug addicts.
But coming back to the north country to work in Heuvelton was also a homecoming of sorts.
Originally from Plattsburgh, and the son of a Wesleyan pastor, Rev. Bissell said it was there he first felt a calling to seek out being a pastor.
Following this revelation, Rev. Bissell took jobs as a pastor in Plattsburgh and then in Hague, near Lake George, before heading south.
Before becoming a pastor, Rev. Bissell worked in the health care industry.
Back closer to his roots, Rev. Bissell said he wants to focus on growing the church in Heuvelton.
Were trying to grow the church into a multi-service church, Rev. Bissell said. In particular he wants to again focus on aiding recovery for those suffering addiction.
Rev. Bissell also wants to expand the Cornerstone Connection Groups which offer Bible studies for men, women and youth.
Were planning some missions trips, Rev. Bissell said.
Twice already the church has visited the New York City area to bring food and supplies to those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Our church is mission-based. We are not inner focused. We are looking out to help the community in any way we can, Rev. Bissell said.
We are Bible-based; we believe exactly as the Bible says, Rev. Bissell said of his church. We believe in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We try to walk as we read in the Bible as Jesus walks. Thats where our base is from.
Services at Cornerstone are on Sundays at 11 a.m.
We do offer, every Sunday, Starbucks coffee and donuts, Rev. Bissell said.
Rev. Bissell took over from the Rev. Michael R. Rumschik, who left the church to join the military.