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


    Do you remember what it was like getting kids ready for a new school year? New shoes, book bags, locker combinations, sport’s physicals ….

    The beginning of a new school year also means summer is coming to an end. It’s sad that vacation has to end, but it’s exciting that a new year of school and friends and growth is beginning. It’s sad that the kids won’t be around all day, but it’s exciting that the kids won’t be around all day!
    Sometimes we can be sad and excited at the same time …about the same things! Sad about what is ending or what is being lost, and at the same time excited about what is beginning and what will be gained.

    Most of us are not dealing with children getting ready for a new school year anymore, but we do face change and the loss that comes with change. It’s good to remind ourselves, when we are facing loss and sadness, that this could also mark the beginning of something new and exciting.
    Are we looking for how God will bring new beginnings and blessings? God’s mercies are new for us every morning. This does not stop when our nest is empty and we are retired and every day is vacation time! This, also, doesn’t stop when tragedy strikes and things don’t work out the way we planned.

    "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."
    Romans 8:28 (NIV)

    Pastor Brian Truog                                                                                                                                                                                                   

  • Pastor's Message

    Thank You!

    " I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ."

    Phil 1:3-6

    I can’t think of a better way to greet you this month than with St. Paul’s greeting to the church in Philippi so long ago. God is truly doing a wonderful work among us, and you are truly partners in the Gospel.

    First of all, thank you for partnering with your church in regular Sunday worship and with tithes and offerings. At our last Elder meeting, it was reported that our average worship attendance exceeded last year’s five of the last seven months. We continue to welcome new people into our church on a regular basis. Our offerings have also exceeded expectations.

    Second, thank you for partnering with us in support of Second Harvest. Our church members donated over $1700 in the two Sundays we took donations. Those unable to give in the recent drive are making private donations to Second Harvest.

    Third, thank you for partnering with my family in our time of grief. The outpouring of love, the kind words, cards and phone calls to me and Michele at the passing of my father and her mother has meant so much to us. You truly bring us joy.

    Your partnership in the Gospel can be seen in the improvements of our campus. Our sanctuary and narthex have a new coat of paint on them. Our sanctuary projectors are greatly improved. Our ministry center has a new laser projector and improved sound. The kitchen in the ministry center has a new granite counter and stainless steel island. Check out the pictures in this newsletter!

    We truly have much to give thanks for. God has blessed us in the past. He is blessing us now. And I am confident of this, that our God will continue to bless us until the day of Jesus Christ.

    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.