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 checked out the internet for possible April Fools jokes to play on Easter Sunday. Here are some that looked like fun:

    • Place vegetables inside the plastic eggs instead of candy.
    • Send kids outside for an Easter egg hunt, but don’t tell them you didn’t actually hide any eggs.
    • Decorate some unboiled eggs to go alongside the hardboiled ones.
    • Give your wife an Easter basket filled with cleaning supplies.

    “Joke” is not the proper term to use for the resurrection of Jesus, but I have often envisioned Christ’s descent into hell (1 Peter 3:19) with Jesus proclaiming to the demons in hell who thought they had thwarted God’s Son from accomplishing His mission by leading people to cru-cify Him: “The joke’s on you. I’m alive! Death could not hold Me, and I have freed My people from your power and control.”
    Jesus may not have spoken these words, but the writer of Hebrews proclaims this truth about our Risen Savior, Jesus Christ: “Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself (Jesus) likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.” Hebrews 2:14,15
    It’s no joke. Jesus has set us free from slavery to the fear of death, the power of the devil, and our own sinful nature. Every day of our lives, and at the moment of our death, we can celebrate Easter as a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). “Thanks be to God, who gives us the vic-tory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57

    Pastor Brian Truog                                                                                                                                                                                                   

  • Pastor's Message

    This is what the LORD says to me: “As a lion growls, a great lion over his prey-
    He is not frightened by their shouts or disturbed by their clamor- so the LORD Almighty will come
    down to do battle on Mount Zion and on its heights." Isaiah 31:4

    The month of March gets its name from Mars, the Roman god of war, due to the stormy weather that usually marches on in this month. Over time, this same weather pattern became associated
    with the ferocious attacks of a lion. Poised between the wintry month of February and the warmer weather of April we get the expression, “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb”.

    For Christians, these expressions have a far deeper and more significant meaning than just the weather. As we journey through Lent this month, we follow Jesus, the Lion of Judah, as He battles
    against sin and Satan. As a great lion growls over his prey, Jesus did not let anything stand in His way. He resisted every effort to silence His message of God’s reign on earth. He was not
    “frightened by their shouts or disturbed by their clamor”. He taught with authority and backed it up with powerful miracles. He created quite a storm among the people of his day, culminating in
    a battle on Mount Calvary.

    March goes out with Jesus, the Lamb of God dying on a cross. The weather was indeed strange that day. There was darkness in the middle of the day as the Light of the world died. However, this death was not the end. On the contrary, this was the beginning of everlasting life for all who believe. The battle over sin and Satan was finished. Almighty God accepted Jesus’ sacrifice and raised Him from the dead. Forgiveness of sins and eternal life was secured for you, me and all people.

    As a result of that battle so long ago, we can march on in confidence and joy not only this month, but
    in all the months to come. Storms are bound to come our way, but the LORD will see us through. I hope you will join me in worshiping the Lion of Judah and the Lamb of God each Sunday (8:30 and 11 am) and Wednesday (2 pm and 6:30 pm) this month.

    Pastor Mark