Cornerstone church exists to display the greatness of Jesus through the everyday lives of his people.
The West End Community
Our community is comprised of the Historic West End and the surrounding neighborhoods of Westview, Adair Park, Oakland City, Vine City/English Avenue, Ashview Heights, and the Atlanta University Center. Together, they have a current population of approximately 50,000 people with a median income of no more than $30,000. Despite its woes, Southwest Atlanta is filled with both beauty and complexity, and it remains a hidden jewel to much of the city.
The History. Established in 1867, The Historic West End is the oldest Atlanta neighborhood (actually predating the city itself). Rich in history, our district was once considered the crème de le crème of suburban living, housing much of the cities wealthy white-collar professions.
In the late 1800s, Southwest Atlanta also became home to several prestigious historically black colleges and universities including: Morehouse College, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University (merger of Clark College and Atlanta University), and the Morehouse School of Medicine in the late 1900s — now recognized as the Atlanta University Center Consortium. These HBCUS were pioneers in offering educational opportunities to African Americans and were and still remain a progressive force in the development of the black community in Atlanta. With notable alumni including the likes of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Spike Lee, Alice Walker, and many others, the impact of these institutions is still recognized today throughout the nation.
During the 1970s, however, Southwest Atlanta (like so many other urban neighborhoods) succumbed to White Flight, which resulted in our community becoming 86% African American. By the early 2000s, much of Southwest Atlanta was blighted and has remained that way.
The Environment. Currently, Southwest Atlanta – though transitioning – carries the stigma of being a dangerous, undesirable, drug-infested community with crime rates significantly above the city average. On many of our streets, we see abandoned homes, section 8 housing, and the typical businesses that plague communities like ours (i.e. liquor stores, fast food restaurants, etc.). Accessibility to quality education for our children is almost non-existent with underfunded, under performing, yet overcrowded public schools. Fortunately, in recent years, two charter schools have opened in hopes of responding to this epidemic, and we are grateful for their efforts.
The Culture. “A Spiritual Center” best describes the diversity of faiths and theological confusion that exists in our community. In this relatively small area, you have Orthodox Muslims, Black Hebrew Israelites, Rastafarians, Shrine of the Black Madonna, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Catholics, Wiccans, Egyptologists, Seventh Day Adventists, Atheists, and a great many religious expressions all living in the same neighborhood. Christian churches are frequently seen and some have had a great impact on our community, but we believe a new church plant in the area can provide an enduring hope by encouraging disciple-making and Gospel-centered solutions to our problems.
Bearings Bike Shop
We are currently partnering with Bearings Bike Shop a local outreach to impact the youth in our community through mentoring and engaging the kids around hands-on skills learning to restore and maintain bikes. Contact Pastor Richard if you are interested in getting connected to this outreach.
Current Community Needs
As we hear of needs in our community, we will post ways you can get involved here.