Meet our Harvest Honorees
HONOREE: MR. RONNIE BAYNES
Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Member, Art McNally award recipient, and former SEC and NFL official
Mr. Ronnie Baynes was born and raised in Talladega, AL and graduated from Talladega High School, where he lettered in four sports. From there, he attended Auburn University on a football scholarship where he played football, baseball, and basketball. He was named All SEC 2nd Team Defensive End and played two years at 1st base on the Auburn Varsity baseball team, winning the SEC East Championship both years.
Ronnie graduated from Auburn in 1965 and received his M.Ed from the University of West Alabama in 1971. He was named 4A Alabama High School Coach of the Year five times, with a 35-year career in high school baseball, winning 5 state championships, one state runner-up, and three Final Four finishes.
His last two years of coaching were spent at Central Alabama Community College. In 2001 their team won the State Junior College Championship, Southeastern Region, and went on to finish 3rd in the JUCO College World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado.
He officiated SouthEastern Conference (SEC) football for 13 years, working 7 bowl games, including the College National Championship game between Oklahoma and Washington in the Orange Bowl. In 1987, he was accepted into the National Football League (NFL), where he officiated for 14 years, including two Super Bowl appearances.
In 2001 he moved to New York City and accepted a position as Supervisor of NFL Officials. He then accepted the position as Director of Scouting, Recruiting and Training of Officials and held that position until retirement in 2015. He currently works for the SEC, Conference USA, and as a trainer and evaluator of their officials.
Among other honors, he has been selected to the Alabama High School Coaches Hall of Fame, Alabama Sports Officials Hall of Fame, Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, and was awarded the Art McNally award given by the NFL to the official that has contributed to officiating in a positive manner on and off the field.
Ronnie is a longtime volunteer and board member at Cornerstone. With his many years of sports leadership and experience, he has assisted in spearheading and strategically planning for Cornerstone’s athletic program. He, along with the entire sports committee, work tirelessly to ensure that Cornerstone’s standard of excellence extends to all areas of our athletic program. Most days, he can be found mowing and maintaining the fields at our campuses or leading volunteer projects. Ronnie and his wife, Marie, have 6 children and 11 grandchildren, and are members of Canterbury United Methodist Church.
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR:
DR. ROBERT RECORD, CEO & CHRIST HEALTH CENTER
Dr. Robert Rex Record is a native of Breezy Hill Farm located somewhere near Clinton, LA. With a heart for ministry and an overactive imagination, he attended Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. There he majored in Business Administration, ran track, and met the love of his life, Leland Caley. He also joined a congregation in a transitional neighborhood and developed a clearer vision for serving those who struggle. Though seemingly far from his desire to attend seminary, providence led him to LSU medical school in New Orleans. There he also continued studying community development through work with Desire Street Ministries.
Residency brought him to Birmingham, AL for the faith-based Family Medicine residency at the current St. Vincent’s East Hospital. During training, he and his wife joined a very small congregation called Church of the Highlands as members and ultimately pastoral staff. This little church plant has now grown to become one of the largest in the nation.
A love for the city of Birmingham grew alongside a vision of starting a clinic that would catalyze community transformation in his adopted hometown. In 2009, his long-developing dream was realized with the opening of The Birmingham Dream Center and Christ Health Center in Woodlawn. Dr. Record served five years as Director of The Birmingham Dream Center and continues to work with that team at the intersection of ministry and community development. Most of his days are now spent in Woodlawn and Chalkville serving as both CEO and Family Medicine Residency Faculty at Christ Health Center.
Dr. Record and Leland have 4 children, Tate, Caley, Mimi, and June. The latter two are adopted from China, and the Record family collectively believes adoption may be their greatest call to date. When he’s not running around with work or chasing children, Dr. Record enjoys running, golf, and almost anything that makes him laugh.
Over the years, Dr. Robert Record and his team at Christ Health Center have served as a constant resource for Cornerstone. In dealing with the uncertain climate of COVID-19, they have provided daily insight and guidance to help us provide a safe learning environment. They have also partnered with us to provide weekly health screenings for our students and faculty. We are incredibly grateful for their sacrificial service to Cornerstone and our entire community.