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

    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

    In Celebration of New Life

    “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” 1 Peter 1:3

    May is a month to celebrate new life. In fact, the name of this month comes from “Maia”, the Greek goddess of spring. A popular English saying proclaims, “April showers bring May flowers.” New life springs forth all around us bringing joy to our senses. But new life is not limited to the weather and foliage. During this month, people will move into our area and people will move out of it. Some individuals will enter the work force and others will retire. People will enter this world and others will leave it. Couples will get married. Students will graduate. While you may not personally experience any of these scenarios this month, you will likely experience some kind of change. New life is as inevitable and predictable as the sun rising and setting each day to promote life.

    This month is a time for us to celebrate new life in the church as well. We continue in the Easter season for the first two weeks. We celebrate the new life and living hope we have in our risen Savior, Je-sus. Beginning May 20, Pentecost, we celebrate the new life we have in the Holy Spirit as He fills His church with power to share our living hope. As we reach out in Christian love, our words and actions bring the joy of new life to others and ourselves.

    Sometimes, our bodies respond to new life in less than pleasing ways. Allergies can dampen our enthusiasm for “new life.” Such reactions may encourage us to stay inside where the environment is more controlled and safe. Staying inside on beautiful spring days does little for the human spirit. God is calling us out to celebrate new life. Likewise, some people may respond to our Christian witness in less than pleasing ways. Such reactions may dampen our enthusiasm towards reaching out. We may want to stay “inside” where the environment is more controlled and safe. Yet this too, does little for our celebration of new life in Christ.

    Both this world and people can and will disappoint us at times. All creation has been negatively impacted by sin. However, we have been positively impacted by the mercy of our God-Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This month, celebrate the new life that is around you, but even more celebrate the new life that is yours through faith in Jesus Christ!

    Pastor Mark