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

    LIVING BIBLICALLY
    There is a new sitcom out called Living Biblically. I confess, I have never watched it, but I am assuming it does not depict Christianity fairly or favorably. Living biblically, however, is what we were created and re-created to do. Living biblically is not about following a set of rules and guidelines to earn God’s favor. Living biblically means living in grace as a child of God who has been redeemed and renewed by the sacrificial life and death, and victorious resurrection of God’s Son, Jesus Christ.
    We are empowered to live biblically by the Word of God (the Bible) and the Word of God connected to the promises of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We are encouraged in living biblically when we worship, study God’s Word and fellowship with other believers.
    Living biblically is what a New Creation in Christ does 24/7. However, we still struggle with our sinful nature, so we constantly seek out the Means through which God brings this new life to us. We have Bible studies on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays which encourage and empower us to live biblically. Why not join one of these Bible studies, or start a new one. Your pastors are happy to support you in leading a home Bible study.


    Pastor Brian Truog                                                                                                                                                                                                   

  • Pastor's Message

    CELEBRATE FREEDOM!
    “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” Galatians 5:1
    Each year, Americans set aside the fourth day in July to celebrate the freedom we enjoy as citizens of this country. However, every patriotic celebration reminds us that freedom is not free. It comes with a great price. The freedom we enjoy in America came by the death of countless lives of men and women. The American flag we display in our yards, on our mailboxes and outside buildings, is a beauti-ful reminder of this truth. The red stripes remind us of the blood which has been spilled by our coura-geous military. The white stripes remind us of the purity in justice we continually strive towards. The stars on a field of blue serve two purposes. They remind us of the unity shared by fifty separate states and also point to the hope of a bright and better future.
    Our celebrations also remind us such freedom comes great responsibility. Each and every citizen of this country is called to live their life dedicated to preserving the freedom we have been given. We live our life in such a way that the principles of liberty and justice for all are evident in every aspect of our life.
    Christians set aside every month, indeed every day, to celebrate the freedom we enjoy in Christ. We know this freedom came at a great price. The colors of the flag remind us this beautiful truth as well. The red stripes remind us of His blood shed on the cross. The white stripes remind us the purity we have, both now and forever, as a result of his death and resurrection. The stars on a field of blue remind us of the home we have in heaven, a bright and glorious future indeed!
    With such freedom comes great responsibility. As Christians, we are called to live our life dedicated to preserving the freedom we have been given. We live our life in joyful service to the God who has secured our freedom. We preserve and maintain this freedom by spending time with God in worship, and Bible study and in faithful service to our fellowman.
    God bless your freedom celebrations on July 4 and every other day as well!

    Pastor Mark