Our History

Our History

A Remarkable History

History. R. Russell and Norma Bixler

Russ & Norma Bixler, Founders of CTVN.

It began over 38 years ago – in a vision God gave Norma Bixler during a chance visit to the Christian Broadcasting Network. Sitting there in the lobby of that still-fledgling network, she heard a clear call that God wanted her and her husband, Russ, to build a Christian television station back home in Pittsburgh. It took many months and some marvelous revelations before Russ came to share that conviction – and even then, the couple found that they had their work cut out for them. Their prospective station faced nearly every imaginable hurdle – financial, legal, personal, logistical… and one by one, over the next ten years, God helped them over, under, around, and through each obstacle – with miracle after affirming miracle – to realize the vision He’d given them.

Again and again, God echoed in the Bixler’s hearts the words of Isaiah 49:22: “Thus says the Lord God: ‘Behold, I will lift up My hand to the nations, and raise My Signal to the peoples.'”

That signal was first broadcast on Easter Sunday, April 15, 1979 – and in the three decades since, God has used Cornerstone TeleVision in powerful ways to bring His Word to people all over America and beyond through preaching, music, drama, and a rich variety of other programs— programs that continue to touch lives and transform hurting souls with the truth and love of Jesus Christ – one heart at a time.

Along the way, God has guided and helped Cornerstone TeleVision through the inspiring leadership of men like Pat Robertson, Loren Cunningham, Jim Bakker, and Ron Hembree (who led the station as president from 2003 until his death in 2010). 

In addition to Russ and Norma Bixler, Cornerstone was birthed and sustained…

…through the remarkable talents of dedicated professionals like Bill Freeman, Oleen Eagle (past president), Stan Scott, and Eleanor Clarke…

…and through the faithful gifts and generous support of countless caring Christians who volunteered their time, their talents, their prayers, and even their life savings to make the vision of Christian television a reality.

In this new season, Cornerstone TeleVision is blessed to have  a new president, Donald Black, who is committed to remembering our history of partnership— even as he envisions new plans for our future!   Thank you for helping us “Raise high His Signal.”  We are here for you!