What does a couple from Statesboro, Georgia, do when they retire in McIntosh County? Well, one couple bought each other a 62-acre ranch in Cox and now operates a horse stable, stocked fishing point, petting farm, RV park and Cowboy Church with two services per week and free meals for worshipers. That doesn’t sound like retirement to some folks, but that’s what Dr. William (Bill) and Linda Brown did in 2005. Bill and Linda moved to Darien from Statesboro 16 years ago when called to pastor at a church in Townsend. At retirement time about four and one-half years ago, Linda thought she would keep Bill interested in a nice, easy life on the ranch, but instead she has been beside him as he founded Cornerstone Ministry and Christian School in Townsend (more on that later), developed a 24-site RV park with full hook-up WiFi and cable, stocked the fishing pond, established a nature trail and boat rentals, and nurtured a pot belly pig and other small animals for the petting farm. Now Linda just shakes her head as Bill discusses the possibility of horse shows, rodeos, wild-west shows, country-gospel recording artist appearances and a Country Christmas light show.
Cornerstone Ministry and Christian School is a world-wide correspondence school to attain ones high school diploma, graduating about 20,000 students per year. The Brown’s daughter, Jenny Turner, runs the school. A free correspondence Bible school is also provided for ages four through adult known as Cowboy Bible School. Bill holds an honorary doctorate in Christian education and is within a matter of a few courses of earning an academic doctorate.