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

    May and June are typical months for graduations. It’s a big deal to graduate, and it is great to be able to celebrate the accomplishment. But, to tell you the truth, I never really liked graduations. I had five older brothers and sisters, so I sat through a lot of graduations. I found that I did not really care much for pomp and circumstance.
    One of my professors at the seminary used to remind us often: “Gentlemen, you never graduate. You just matriculate.” To matriculate implies moving on to a next step.
    This should be our attitude about our growth as a child of God. We never graduate, we just move on to the next step. Yes, this means we never retire when it comes to serving God, and we are never fin-ished with learning more about God and our life in Him through studying His Holy Word.
    Paul expresses this attitude in his letter to the Christians at Philippi:

    “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

    Philippians 3:12-14 (NIV)

    What is your next step in growing, learning, serving? God’s blessings on your matriculation!

    Pastor Brian Truog                                                                                                                                                                                                   

  • Pastor's Message


    The month of May gets its name from Maia, the Greek goddess of Spring; new growth. The growth we see in nature this month is a result of the wind, rain and sun God sends to earth. We can enhance growth in plants and vegetables by feeding them with fertilizer.

    What is true for the growth of plants is also true for the growth of faith. Our faith in Jesus is a result of the “wind”/Spirit of God, the waters of baptism and the light of the Son working in our hearts and lives. We can enhance the growth of our faith by feeding on the Word of God- -both in our private devotional life and our pub-lic life of worship.

    Here is a small sample of the Word which will be read in worship this month. Consider this a snack to whet your appetite for more!

    (Jesus said) 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. (John 10:27-28)

    (Jesus said) 33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

    32 And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. (Acts 20:32)

    5 And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.” (Rev 5:5)

    6 And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the begining and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. “ (Rev 21:6)

    As you enjoy the new life that is growing all over our community, enjoy even more the new life of faith you have in Jesus Christ!

    Pastor Mark R. Rhoads