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

    As part of our observance of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, we have been looking at some of our favorite Luther quotes. Brother Martin has been greeting us in the lobby of the Christian Ministry Center with a different quote each week! I came across an interesting quote from Luther reminding us that memorizing Scripture is a good practice no matter what age we may be.
    “When children are old enough to begin grasping the concepts of faith, they should make a habit of bringing home verses of Scripture from church. They should recite these verses to their parents at mealtime. Then they should write the verses down and put them in little pouches or pockets, just as they put pennies and other coins in a purse. Let the pouch of faith be a golden one. Verses about coming to faith, such as Psalm 51:5; John 1:29; Romans 4:25; and Romans 5:12 are like gold coins for that little pouch. Let the pouch of love be a silver one. The verses about doing good, such as Matthew 5:11; Matthew 25:40; Galatians 5:13 and Hebrews 12:6 are like silver coins for this pouch.
    No one should think they are too smart for this game and look down on this kind of child’s play. Christ had to become a man in order to train us. If we want to train children, then we must become children with them. I wish this kind of child’s play was more widespread. In a short time, we would see an abundance of Christian people rich in Scripture and in the knowledge of God. They would make more of these pouches, and by using them, they would learn all of Scripture.
    As it is now, people go to hear a sermon and leave again unchanged. They act like a sermon is only worth the time it takes to hear it. No one thinks about learning anything from it or remembering it. Some people listen to sermons for three or four years and still don’t learn enough to respond to a single question about faith. More than enough has been written in books, but not nearly enough has been driven into our hearts.” (Luther’s Works, American Edition 53:66)
    What Scripture treasures will you take home with you from this Sunday’s sermon? Do you have a place to keep these treasures?
    Pastor Brian Truog

  • Pastor's Message


    ". . .like a tree planted by the water. . ." Jeremiah 17:8 

    Here in East Tennessee, heat and drought are nothing new during the month of August. Our lawns dry up, our pool levels quickly drop, and we get thirsty quicker, too! According to the TVA website, "the average annual runoff in the region — the amount of water that ends up in the river system after it rains — is about 23 inches, or 44 percent of the average rainfall. The monthly average runoff varies from almost four inches in March to less than one inch in August." 

    Living in such conditions can bring a spiritual drought as well. Despite having received the water of life in baptism, we can still dry up spiritually. For many, these warm summer months bring a break from spiritual disciplines. They focus on refreshing the body but not the soul. They stop going to church. They neglect Bible reading and weekly Bible studies. They don’t talk to God in prayer.

    As a result, they become as dry as the nation of Israel in the time of Jeremiah. God had watched His people turn their back to Him and worship false gods. They followed their sinful inclinations instead of the Word. As a result of their sin, Jeremiah warned, "Thus says the LORD: ‘Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the LORD. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land’" (Jeremiah 17:5-6) 

    Thankfully, God’s love is always greater than His wrath. He desires nothing more than a vibrant, permanent relationship with His people. Immediately after this curse, the LORD spoke words of life. "Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit." (Jeremiah 17:7-8)

    These words of blessing and hope are just as true for you, the people of God, today. Does your spirit feel dried up and withered? You can find deliverance in times of drought by turning to the LORD. Hear the promise of Jesus, ". . .whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." (John 4: 14). The death and resurrection of Jesus assure us of everlasting life and bless-ings. We have been delivered! The joy and confidence we receive from God continues to inspire us to reach out to God and others.

    As we receive the water of life through worship, Bible study, and prayer we will experience deliverance—even in times of drought!

    Pastor Mark Rhoads