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

    Unto Us a Child is Born
    It’s Advent season and we look forward with anticipation to hearing the wonderful story of our Savior’s birth.

    We know the story well, and we know how it ends. The Baby born in Bethlehem would suffer and die on a cross at Golgotha to pay for the sins of the world. Three days later He would rise from the dead, and 40 days after that, He ascended into heaven. As part of our Advent “waiting” we eagerly anticipate His return in all of His glory.

    We know the story. But, it’s not just a story. The story of God’s love made known to us through Jesus Christ changes everything. We have been made a new creation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. We receive power from on high as the Holy Spirit works in our lives through Word and Sacrament.

    In 2017, The Gathering (our Wednesday evening fellowship meal and Bible Study) explored God’s story in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. In 2018, The Gathering will focus on how this life- changing story affects the way we think, act and believe. If you are not already participating in The Gathering, I encourage you to give it a try and bring someone with you to enjoy good food, good fellow-ship and Good News. We have a meal that starts at 5:30. It is usually catered (once in a while we have a potluck) and costs between $5-8. Our study time goes from 6:00-7:00.

    If your New Year’s resolutions include being more like Jesus, The Gathering may be just the place for you to be encouraged in your walk of faith and be an encourager to others. I hope to see you there.

    Pastor Brian

  • Pastor's Message

    Epiphany LIGHT
    “In him was life, and that life was the light of men.” John 1:4

    January is a dark month. The days are short, the nights are long. The Christmas lights have come down from homes and streets. The combination of harsh weather and post-holiday blues darken our emotions. We need a boost of life and we need light. How fitting for the church to celebrate the season of Epiphany at this time. Epiphany, which means revelation, offers a new lease on life as Jesus is revealed to be “the light of men. “As I pondered this truth, a LIGHT went off in my head with an acrostic:

    Look Into God’s Holy Truth

    Our lives will no doubt experience many changes this month, this year. Some will be posi-tive, others not so much. But God’s Word never changes. His holy truth stands forever; Jesus is the Son of God who came into the world to save us from sin and everlasting death. Faith in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus brings life eternal. The light of Jesus reveals the way to peace with God, both now and forever.

    Our gospel lessons this month invite us to look into God’s holy Truth. On January 7, we hear the Heavenly Father proclaim, “This is my beloved Son.” The next week, Nathaniel tells Jesus, “You are the Son of God.” On January 21, Simon and Andrew look into the light of Jesus and answer His call to follow Him. Perhaps the most surprising of all, on the last Sunday of the month an unclean spirit proclaims, “I know who you are- - the Holy One of God.

    As we journey with the people of God re-corded in Scriptures, the light of God's Word re-veals the way for our life as well. 2018 is a dark mystery. We do not know everything that 2018 holds for us as individuals, or as a church, but we know the One who holds us in His hands. As we Look Into God’s Holy Truth, we will find life and be warmed by the light of His love.

    Happy Epiphany!

    Pastor Mark Rhoads