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

    “I Love You!”
    Have you noticed how some grandparents are a little bit obsessive about their grandchildren? You know the type – all they ever seem to want to talk about is their grandchildren. (I’ve got some pictures I would be happy to show you, and, if you want an example of what it means to be “exceptional,” just let me tell you a bit about them!!)


    I remember the first time my first grandchild told me, “I love you!” Even though my granddaughter is highly intelligent, (as, of course, they ALL are … remember: “exceptional!”) there’s a pretty good chance she had no idea what those words meant. She was just copying what her Mom told her to say, but it sure meant a lot to me. (I melted like butter on a hot stove!) I still melt when my grandchildren tell me they love me.


    Have you noticed that your heavenly Father is a little bit obsessive about you? He thinks you are “exceptional” as a new creation in Christ Jesus. He is focused on you 24 hours a day, and He loves to hear you say, “I love you.” There are times we won’t fully comprehend what that means but our heavenly Father loves to hear us say it in our prayers, in our worship, and with our lives.


    How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God? And that is what we are!       1 John 3:1


    Show love to the Lord your God by walking in His ways and holding tightly to Him.       Deuteronomy 11:22b


    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