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

    Practice Your Escape Plan!

    October is Fire Prevention Month. The fire prevention people have determined that most Americans have a fire escape plan, but have not practiced it. Practice, they say, is the key to a good fire escape plan. We will be practicing our escape plan at our October 14th worship services. (There will be no communion at the late service on the 14th). We also hope to have a special speaker between services addressing the issue of active shooter safety. We trust in God to keep us safe, but we also want to be wise and prepared to use the resources God has provided us for safety.

    Have you ever heard anyone described as “a non-practicing Christian?” You probably have a good idea of what that means…. “I believe in Jesus, but I’m not really involved in anything “religious.”
    It is our relationship with God through Jesus Christ (the gift of faith) that saves us, not our “religion.” However, God has given us an escape plan from the attacks of sin, death and the power of the Devil. It involves the Holy Spirit working through the Word of God and the Body of Christ (the Church) to lead us to confession and forgiveness. How often are we “practicing” this escape plan? Is it wise to be a non-practicing Christian?

    We are under attack daily from our spiritual enemies. It is vital that we put God’s escape plan (the gift of faith) into “practice” daily: through our own personal time in the Word of God and prayer; through the mutual encouragement of our fellow believers in fellowship time, Bible study, and in corporate worship; and, through living out the life of a forgiven child of God by serving God and loving each other as we join Jesus on His mission. (This is what the Holy Spirit leads and empowers us to do as God daily rescues us from sin.)

    Have you practiced your escape plan today?

    Pastor Brian Truog                                                                                                                                                                                                   

  • Pastor's Message

    A Labor of Love
    “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Cor. 15:58

    The first “Labor Day” celebration was held on September 5, 1882 at the prompting of the Central Labor Union of New York City. At the time, working conditions and morale among workers were extremely low. The leaders were looking for a way to honor the economic and social achievements of the American worker. The idea gradually spread to other cities and states. On June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act decreeing the first Monday in September as a legal and national holiday. The parades, speeches, and other festivities are seen as labors of love which help us stand firm and continue in our labors the other 364 days in the year.

    As Christians, we have been called to give ourselves “fully to the work of the Lord”. Every day He gives us opportunities to show our love for him through works of mercy in our homes, communities and church. I thank God for the privilege of working alongside you in our church. However, I must confess that often I find it difficult to “give myself fully to the work of the Lord.” My heart is sinful. I struggle every day between the things of God and the things of the world. My morale can get low. I get frustrated when I don’t see as much change as I’d like from my labor. At these times, I am working more for myself than the Lord. Such sin makes it hard to “stand firm”. That’s why it is so important to come back to the cross, to Jesus’ labor of love. He left His home in heaven, lived a sinless life on earth, died a criminal's death, and rose victorious on Easter. Because of His labor of love, I am forgiven. With a clean heart and right spirit within me, I can indeed stand firm. What is true for me is equally true for each of us.

    I look forward to joining with you in labors of love this month—worship, Bible Study and service projects. Seeing other Christians give themselves fully to the work of the Lord in labors of love also helps us stand firm in our faith. We know that as we carry out labors of love, our faith, and the faith of those around us, is strengthened. His love for us is made evident, as well as our love for Him.
    As you continue in your labors of love, stand firm, your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

    In the Service of Christ and You,
    Pastor Mark Rhoads
    Philippians 1:3-6