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Upcoming Events
NOV

23

THU
Bible Study
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Worship Service and Bible Study for the whole family.
NOV

24

FRI
Youth Service
7:30 PM
Contact Bro. Kolej for location
NOV

26

SUN
Pre-Service Prayer
9:00 AM to 9:25 AM
30 minutes before Children's Church
Children's Church
9:30 AM to 10:15 AM
An Action and Fun-Filled service for kids and their parents (and grandparents)!
Pre-Service Prayer
5:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Please join us for pre-service prayer each Sunday evening.
Sunday Evening Evangelistic Service
6:00 PM
Please join us for a time of old-fashioned Pentecostal praying, singing and preaching every Sunday evening
NOV

30

THU
Bible Study
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Worship Service and Bible Study for the whole family.
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Staff
Pastor

Pastor Peter Connell

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Pastor Connell and his family came to Oakley, California in January 2003 in answer to the call of God on their lives to start an Apostolic church in our fair city.  Pastor Connell loves and preaches the apostle's doctrine.  His genuine care and concern for each visitor and each member of the church is self-evident in his preaching, teaching, and care for everyone who steps through the doors of Cornerstone Pentecostal Church.

While serving in the United States Marine Corps, Pastor Connell came to the Lord in a small, home missions church in Beaufort, SC in 1979.  He had a tremendous love for Truth planted into him by his first Pastor, John Zehm and will forever be grateful for Pastor Zehm's influence in his life.  He attended Apostolic Bible Institute from 1981 through 1983, met his wonderful wife Carol there, and graduated, a married man, with a Bachelor of Theology degree before returning to South Carolina to serve as Assistant Pastor.

Pastor Connell then moved to his roots in Upstate New York where he served on a ministerial staff for a short time before moving to California (now "home") as Assistant Pastor in First Pentecostal Church in Fairfield, CA for 14 years.  While in Fairfield, the Lord blessed Pastor and Sister Connell with two wonderful children, Jennifer and Paul.

Pastor Connell has served as a Sectional Home Missions Director in the United Pentecostal Church, served as the first Secretary for the Western Region of the Worldwide Pentecostal Fellowship, has written several articles for Apostolic periodicals, several theological papers, published a book (serving as co-author and editor) regarding a vital interest to Apostolics, and has presented theological works for the Apostolic Theological Forum held in several venues across the United States.  He holds a Masters of Apostolic Theology from the Institute of Conservative Apostolic Theology, and serves as both an instructor and the Dean of Undergraduate Studies at the Institute of Conservative Apostolic Theology, San Antonio, Texas.  He also serves as Principal for Cornerstone's school (K-12), Lighthouse Christian Academy of Oakley.

Pastor Connell completed a second book, Letters to Pastors and Other Saints: Thoughts and Expositions on the First Three Chapters of Revelation, which was released in May of 2015, has republished a paper he wrote in expanded form as a book, Yirat Shamayim: A Call for a Revival of the Doctrine of the Fear of the LORD, and recently published a forth book, On the Sanctity of Human Life: Considerations Regarding Life and End-of-Life Issues. He is also working on a sequel to Letters to Pastors & Other Saints, which he hopes to have published soon.

Pastor Connell is currently bi-vocational, and earns his income through self-employment as an industrial hygiene consultant.

Pastor Connell would also like for you to visit the Pastor's Page for articles and contributions that will give you a feel for his heart as Pastor of our assembly.


First Lady of the Church and Church Secretary

Carol Connell

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Sister Connell is the Pastor's wife and "First Lady" of Cornerstone Pentecostal Church.  She has not only a wonderful talent for singing, but a genuine caring spirit.  Together with her daughter Jennifer, and Sister Bell blends her voice as a praise singer during our worship services and helps create a beautiful atmosphere of praise to our God.  She is the primary teacher for Jr. High and High School at Cornerstone's Christian school (K-12), Lighthouse Christian Academy of Oakley. Sister Connell also leads our Ladies Department and our Daughters of Zion ladies prayer monthly.

Sister Connell homeschooled her two children through to high school graduation, works tutoring children with autism, and has an on-line blog at www.writeathome.wordpress.com; visit her site sometime!  You'll enjoy her down-to-earth nature and friendly, caring spirit.


Youth Director / Service Leader and Soundman

Paul Kolej

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Paul Kolej is one sharp guy!  He is warm and friendly and has a genuine care for the youth of our church.  He does so much that we couldn't fit it all under his "title."  Did I mention that he makes a great clown for Kid's Church outreach?  Brother Paul often takes a lead role in our worship services, manages all of our sound equipment and takes care of recording the sermons for those wanting CD's or MP3's. 

Retired as a Master Chief in the US Air Force, Paul is a manager for United Airlines helping to keep those huge jets in the air.  He has a variety of interests including family, fishing, hiking, keeping in shape and studying the Word. 


Outreach Director

Donald Halstead

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Brother Halstead is a faithful man of God!  He has a call of God upon his life to preach the gospel and is passionate in both his love for people and in reaching the lost with this unalterable message of the Gospel.  He is a graduate of the Institute of Conservative Apostolic Theology (ICAT), San Antonio, Texas, and his wife at Theresa is currently enrolled a s a full time student at ICAT.  She works side-by-side with her husband in the outreach program. Brother Halstead directs our coordinated outreach efforts and serves to remind us all of our duty as Apostolic Christians to be always witnessing the gospel message everywhere we go. He is also heading up an effort to develop our in-house Discipleship Program.

He and his wife Theresa also both work very hard helping our Kid's Church program with their teaching skills.  They are great at it!  Their faithfulness and genuine caring spirit is evident to everone who meet them!

Brother Halstead, by the way, is one incredible mechanic as well! 


Kid's Church Program Director

Eva Kolej

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Sister Kolej has a warm, pleasant smile and will make you feel welcome when you visit.  Like her husband Paul, she does more than titles can allow for.  She directs our Sunday School (Kid's Church) Program (and does an incredible job we might add!), and always plays a pivitol roll in coordinating social events like banquets.  She is also a full time student at the Institute of Comservative Apostolic Theology.

Sister Eva has a degree in Accounting, and is a Homeschooling Mom of three great kids.  She also is a sales representative for the beautiful Longaberger Baskets.


Music Director

Jennifer Connell

Jennifer is a great musician, a wonderful singer, a talented songwriter - but above all, she's a great Christian!  Talent is one thing, and we are thankful for it, but to be used in keeping the tangible presence of God in our worship services requires both humility and the desire to be used for His glory alone.  Jennifer keeps that in perspective and, because of it, she was appointed to direct our music program.

Jennifer was homeschooled, and recently received her Bachelor of Apostolic Theology degree from the Institute of Conservative Apostolic Theology, San Antonio, TX.  She currently works tutoring autistic children.  She will be working hard to help develop more musicians and singers within the church and keeping music on track and in line with the direction of the Holy Ghost.  We are singing more and more, the old songs that teach us doctrine and the principles of living godly—and avoiding the sound and direction of much of the shallow, popular music of our time.  We think you'll find our music at Cornerstone Pentecostal Church refreshingly old-time Pentecostal at its core while taking much of the new, good music that is being written and singing it with old-time Pentecostal fervor!