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Cornerstone Church carries on its founder’s legacy of charity and compassion – Salisbury Post

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Cornerstone Church carries on its founder’s legacy of charity and compassion

Posted at 12:05 a.m. on Sunday, August 14, 2022

SALISBURY — Thirty-one years ago, a young Bill Godair was convinced he had been called to start a church — but not just any church.

Its aim was to go beyond traditional religions and churches, to go beyond racism and differences, and to fight against poverty and need. The Cornerstone Church ministry was born.

He and his wife, Pastor Tina Godair, have worked tirelessly over the years to not only be a church that welcomes everyone, but a church that teaches the youngest from the start that each of us is responsible for life. ‘other.

“Caring for each other is something we should do regardless,” Tina Godair said. “My husband and I not only tried to incorporate this practice into our church, but we tried to live our lives this way.”

Bill Godair died in December 2021 at the age of 63 after declining health, but before his death he had started a church which included both an events center and a childcare business. And he had earned a reputation for immense generosity, both within the church and in the community at large.

So, several weeks ago, the church family got together and handed out thousands of dollars in gift cards — for food, school supplies, gas, and more. – to people in need. They also distributed bicycles, backpacks, school supplies and lots of hugs.

“We want to continue Bishop Bill Godair’s legacy of giving back to the community and to those less fortunate,” a statement from the church said. “With hundreds in attendance, we donated thousands of dollars in the form of gas cards, grocery cards, bicycles, book bags and school supplies – just under $10,000.” The effort was led by pastors Tina Godair and Brandon and Tara Spiker.

“It will always be important to stand up to meet the needs of the community,” said Tina Godair. “I know Pastor Bill Godair would be thrilled to see his efforts continue.”