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

    “Blessed to Be a Blessing”

    God is able to make every blessing of yours overflow for you, so that in every situation you will always have all you need for any good work.        2 Co-rinthians 9:8-11

    By the time this is published, I should have reached by goal of running 500 miles in 2017 to support Bridge City Community Mission in Chattanooga and to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Bridge City Community is an urban outreach which pursues spiritual, racial, economic, and educational reconciliation because the Kingdom of God isn't segregated and so our churches and communities shouldn't be either.

    I encourage you to consider making a donation to this mission. We have been truly blessed here at Christ Our Savior, and we have many opportunities to share that blessing with others. You can find out more about the ministry happening at Bridge City Community on their website: www.bridgecitycommunity.com.

    They are making great strides in impacting the community of Alton Park with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You can donate directly to this mission through their website, or you can make a gift through our church by putting it in the offering plate and designating it for “500 mile run” or “Bridge City Commu-nity.”

    All of this running has been good for me. I plan to continue running for Bridge City Community the rest of the year, beyond my 500 mile goal. I hope and pray that you will continue to support this and other mission and ministry opportunities during this season of Thanksgiving and throughout the year. I also hope and pray that you will continue to recognize and be grateful for the blessings God brought to His Church through the Reformation beyond this anniversary year.

    It’s still all about Jesus!

    Pastor Brian

  • Pastor's Message

    For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

    (1 Corinthians 1:25)

    Like most people in our community, and country, I watched the solar eclipse last month. Like most people, I marveled at the amazing dis-play of God’s creative power and wisdom. Events like this are significant because they help us cele-brate what is often taken for granted. I admit, like most people, I rarely think about the rotation of the earth and how all the celestial bodies fit per-fectly in the heavens. However, what we accept as common knowledge was once considered fool-ishness.

    For centuries, the wisdom of man stated the earth was the center of the universe and that the sun revolved around it. Copernicus (1474-1543) was a renowned astronomer and Catholic clergy-man. His studies suggested the sun was the center of the universe, with the earth rotating around it.
    However, the Church and society considered him foolish. One prominent theologian cited Joshua 10:12-13 as “proof” that the sun moves around the earth. It would take decades for this “wisdom” to gain wide acceptance.

    Around this same time, another Catholic theologian was sharing his newfound “wisdom.” The commonly accepted belief was that man earned salvation through a series of good works and acts of penance. While studying the Bible, Martin Luther discovered salvation was a free gift from God. He discovered Jesus, the Son of God, was the center of salvation. Luther cited Scriptures like Romans 3:21-24 to challenge the Church’s teachings and practices and pro-claimed salvation was by grace alone, faith in Christ alone as taught in Scripture alone. Like Copernicus, Luther’s “wisdom” was rejected and labeled foolishness by the Church. It would take decades for this wisdom to gain wide ac-ceptance.

    Like most Christians, it is easy for me to take the Gospel message for granted since I have always embraced the wisdom of Scripture. This month, I am looking forward to several special celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. I appreciate these events because they remind me of the amazing grace of God. I hope you will join me in celebrating all the gifts of God this month—in Sunday worship, weekly Bible Studies, and special events.

    Dear friends in Christ, the wisdom of man can, and will, change. New discoveries and in-sights occur on a regular basis. The wisdom of God never changes. I pray this wisdom gives you strength and joy to face any and all changes you might face in your life.

    Pastor Mark Rhoads