A Place to Worship, to learn and to serve

Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church is a warm caring fellowship of Faith. Our congregation, which has grown to over 300, strives to communicate God's awesome gift of love to our ever changing world. We are a collection of natives of East Tennessee and transplants from other parts of the country who now call East Tennessee our home. We share a common faith in Jesus Christ Our Lord and Savior.

  • Pastors:  Mark Rhoads & Brian Truog

    Our Beginnings:
    • 1996 A group of people, led by the Holy Spirit sought to plant a new Lutheran Church in East Tennessee.
    • 1997 We worshipped in a store front while purchasing 7 acres on Highway 72 and Wade Road.
    • 1998 A building committee was established as Rev. Bob Torgler served as worship leader.
    • 1999 Dedicated members paid for the property
    • 2000 In May the construction of the new worship facility was begun.
    • 2001 The first worship Service in the new church was held on January 7th. On August 26th our first permanent pastor, Rev. Jim Kirk, was installed.
    • 2009 The church membership has now grown to over 300. We have added a Christian Ministry Center that will expand our worship and fellowship facilities.

    Who we are:
    • We are a people who share a common faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
    • We are natives of East Tennessee and transplants from other parts of the country.
    • We live in Blount, Loudon, Knox, Monroe, and Roane counties.
    • We worship with different styles in order to meet people's needs
    • We are a growing church with over 200 in worship on a regular basis

  • Pastor's Message

    Spring is finally here! Warmer weather! Daylight later! Less rain??? What else is Spring bringing?
    I will be wrapping up the sermon series on the Lord’s Prayer with “lead us not into tempta-tion” on Maundy Thursday (April 18), “deliver us from evil” on Good Friday (April 19) and “Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever! Amen!” on Easter Sunday (April 21).
    The Gathering will start up again in May with Wednesday evening meals and a study based on the book, “Resilient Aging and Wellness” by Dr. John D. Eckrich. This Christian primary care physician’s perspective on and prescription for aging well draws on current medical and cognitive science and 50 years of practicing the art of medicine. Learn to recognize and affirm your relationship with God and worth as God’s child as you understand the critical components to “whole care” of human life.
    I am planning to cover The Doctrine of God in our Sunday morning Bible study time after Easter. This is what we call Systematics. Trying to piece together in an orderly fashion how we know about God and what we know about God.
    We are still in the planning stages for an adult enrichment opportunity which will be called Our Place. We are working with 4 other churches and with Stay in Tellico Village to come up with a program that would offer respite care and enrichment for those with moderate stages of demen-tia, Parkinson’s disease, or Alzheimer’s.
    God-willing, I will be ready to roll out a sermon series called SCOPE soon after Easter. The goal will be to take a careful look at our lives and discover the various ways God is using us to carry out His work here on earth.
    If things finally dry out, the Nine and Dine golf and dinner group will be in full swing. On Monday afternoons, we play nine holes of golf (Any level of play is welcome. We are just having fun.), and then we go out for dinner. Let me know if you are interested and I will put you on the mailing list that shares where we are golfing and where we are eating each week.
    Spring is here! We have a lot to look forward to!

    Pastor Brian Truog                                                                                                                                                                                                   

  • Pastor's Message

    “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” Matthew 3:2

    The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on March 6. The call to repent is at the heart of Lent and change is at the heart of repentance. During this season, we make changes in our worship life. We change our paraments to purple. We add a large, wooden cross to the chancel. We omit the word “Alleluia” from our liturgy. We add a mid-week worship service. These changes help us come into a closer relationship with Jesus and a greater appreciation for his suffering and death on our behalf.

    Our mid-week worship series this year is called “Voices of Repentance.” Each Wednesday, at 4:30 and 6:30 pm, the stories of people who came to hear John the Baptizer will be told. Though the individuals may be fictional, their lives reflect the lives of people in our day and time. We, like them, are called to hear and respond to the call to repent, not just in worship but in every aspect of their life.

    John the Baptizer’s call to repent challenged the people of his day to make changes in their everyday lifestyle. He challenged them to turn away from focusing on themselves to an intentional focus on Jesus Christ as the promised Messiah. Many Christians today make changes in their daily life during Lent to focus more on Jesus and less on them-selves. Some give up a pleasure during this season. Others experience new pleasure by adding a spiritual discipline. Through such changes, they hope to more fully prepare them-selves for the “kingdom” or “reign” of heaven in their life.

    Jesus is coming back at a time when no one expects. While we don’t know the exact day or time, we do know the day is closer than it was ever before. Now is surely a great time to “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”

    Pastor Mark R. Rhoads