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

    God With Us

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year-or so the old song goes. Yet it doesn’t always feel that way. Sometimes it is marked with loneliness or missing a loved one who has passed on. And the often-hectic nature of the season can pile on more challenges and stress. The good news is – there is hope.
    Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace – to be exact. Let’s make this Advent season one to set aside time to prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ. The four-week God With Us series on Sunday mornings starting December 1st and culminating on Christmas Eve will help us place our focus on the greatest gift ever given – and to experience His presence in our lives today.
    A remarkable thing happened that first Christmas, just as Isaiah had prophesied 700 years earlier – Jesus was born as Immanuel – which means “God with us!” Miraculously, we continue in God’s story of love every day as He promises

    “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5b.

    This is a great time to invite your friends and neighbors to join us in preparing for Christmas. In a season often marked by frenzied busyness, it is also an oppor-tunity to set aside time to prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ.

    Pastor Brian Truog                                                                                                                                                                                                   

  • Pastor's Message

    The Light Has Come!

    “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” John 1:4

    I love the month of January. It’s a time full of potential and promise. This month brings the feeling that anything is possible. The old has gone, the new has come! January represents a clean slate for us. However,

    for some, January can be a very difficult month. The days are short, the nights are long. The weather is harsh.

    The bills from Christmas start coming in. All of this adds to the exhaustion we may feel from the demands of

    the Christmas season. If you feel like taking the month off to recuperate, you're not alone.

    Regardless of how you are feeling right now, John’s words bring encouragement and hope. “In Him was life,

    and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” This

    is truly good news! Left to our own imaginations and desires, we would choose the darkness. God knows this.

    He sent his Son, Jesus, to be the light of the world. The light of Jesus overcomes any and all darkness you may

    be experiencing. The glow from the candles on Christmas Eve can still warm our hearts and minds as we reflect on the light of Jesus and His love. He became flesh and dwelt among us so He could give His life on the cross. Through His

    life, death and resurrection we now have life everlasting. We live each day in the light of His forgiving love. What potential! What promise!

    We celebrate the light of Christ throughout this season of Epiphany. In our gospel readings we reflect on the light the Wise Men followed to the baby Jesus. We remember the baptism of Jesus and the new life He offers through baptism. We celebrate the gift of all human life in the light of Jesus. We consider His call to be lights for Jesus in our life.

    Light reveals the road ahead, but it doesn't reveal everything that happens on the road. We do not know everything that 2020 holds for us as individuals and a church, but we do know the One who holds us in His hands. Our life is in Him. His light is our light for the new year. In the light of Jesus we will take hold of the potential that lies before us by clinging to the promise that has already been fulfilled.

    God bless us in our life together, sharing the light of Jesus to each other and our community!

    Pastor Mark R. Rhoads

  • What Does a Pastor Do?

    Here’s an interesting comparison by Rev. Dr. James Baneck of the LCMS that might answer that question. The lambs and sheep our Savior sent Peter to feed and tend were not the wooly kind residing on a beautiful hillside. There are, however, rich parallels between shepherding sheep and shepherding God's people.

    James Rebanks watches over real four-legged sheep in the United Kingdom. He writes about the parallels in his article, “Are You Hard Enough to Survive as a Shepherd?”
    "The romance wears off after a few weeks, believe me, and you will be left standing cold and lonely on a mountain. It is all about endurance. Digging in. Holding on. You will also need to be emotionally. tough … Carrion crows hang over our lambing fields waiting to steal the eyes out of anything sick or dead that cannot resist … You’ll need the patience of a saint, too, because sheep test you to the limit with a million ways to escape, ail, or die … It requires a body of knowledge and skills that shepherds devote decades to learning."

    How this applies to our pastors! There is nothing romantic about being a pastor; it is hard work and often lonely. It demands an endurance that comes only from God. Like carrion crows, Satan seeks to devour God’s people. The pastor stands guard. protecting and feeding God’s sheep with Christ in the preached Word and blessed Sacraments. The formation of men for the Holy Ministry begins at Baptism. And while pastoral formation is intensified during seminary, “it requires a body of knowledge and skills that [pastors] devote decades to learning."

    Pastors are to be clothed with the humility of Christ, “who humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Phil. 2:8). Pastors must be equipped to lead Gods people to the waters of Holy Baptism, where God gives new birth to sinners and opens the kingdom of heaven for them. Pastors are formed to be stewards of the mysteries of God. Pastors feed God’s sheep the Word of God in preaching and teaching and with the body and blood of our Lord at His table. Pastors listen, love and seek the lost.

    Looking at all that a Pastor does, how is he prepared for this role at the Seminars’? Can you help with this preparation? Could you sponsor a seminarian? Could you help COS in their sponsoring of eight seminary students? Please help with your gift! ‘For more information, contact John W. Smith. God bless your help.