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


    So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 4:16

    Placed between June and August, July is a month best suited for rest and renewal. June is a busy month, popular for special social occasions and family gatherings. August is filled with preparations for the fall and for last minute efforts to hold on to the summer feeling. July is the perfect time to kick back and enjoy life. But enjoying life during this month is not without tension. I enjoy watching new life come forth in our vegetable garden, but I must till, water, and weed for this to happen. I enjoy renewing my spirit on vacation but I have to make the necessary preparations and endure the tension of travel. I enjoy the spiritual rest and renewal that comes through regular communion with God, so I put forth the effort to be in His Word and His house.

    This month we continue our journey through the “green” season of the church year. Our worship services will focus on various aspects of life in the kingdom of God. Each week we will be reminded that life in the kingdom is lived in tension. As redeemed people, Christians have every reason to enjoy life. We can rest in the renewal that is ours through the forgiveness of sin and guarantee of everlasting life. Yet our life is not without tension. Loved ones suffer and die. The threat of war creates political tension. The fluctuating economy provides emotional tension. Like the weeds in our vegetable garden, life in this fallen world will always bring some level of difficulty. That’s why it is so important to gather in the house of God each Sunday.

    The heat this month can be oppressive. It can sap the energy necessary to do what needs to be done. The tension in our life can also sap our spiritual energy. Prepare your hearts and minds now to hear the voice of Jesus calling you to rest and renewal and at the same time calling you to take up His yoke. Find comfort in the seed of faith that has been sown in your heart, even in the midst of forces which threaten to choke or devour our faith. Find meaning for the “weeds” in your life as you look forward to your eternal home. Find rest in the reality that you are a treasured possession and find renewal as you live out your life to preserve this treasure.

    Do not lose heart! As a result of your Baptism, your inner self is being renewed each day. Celebrate !

    Pastor Mark R. Rhoads