In about 1940, a small group of about 30 New Testament Christians began
meeting in a dwelling on the corner of Sims Road and Maryville Pike in
South Knoxville. Being in the Vestal community, the new congregation
was known as the Vestal Church of Christ.
Vestal Church of Christ - Date Unknown
By 1955, the congregation had outgrown these facilities, and a lot was
purchased at 4400 Martin Mill Pike, and a nice brick building was built.
Under the preaching of Charles R. Nance and Parker French, among others,
the church continued to grow. Brethren from Vestal even began assisting
other small congregations by providing preaching for them. This growing
congregation was instrumental in helping to establish congregations in
Asbury and Mascot.
and deacons were first appointed to serve the congregation in 1966.
Elders who have served over the years include the following: U.G. Reece,
G.T. Giles, W.W. Wade, Wallace Hughes, Leroy Downs, John Giles, Wayne Lankford,
and John M. Jenkins, Sr. Presently, John Bauman, John Downs, Gary
Graves and Grady Hurst provide excellent leadership for the congregation.
Young High Church of Christ - Date Unknown
| Since the church
building on Martin Mill Pike also bordered on Young High Pike and was near
the Young High School campus, the congregation's name was changed to the
Young High Church of Christ. Soon the facilities on Martin Mill Pike
were too small, and during the tenure of Darty Crisp as preacher, the congregation
moved to its present location at 4604 Chapman Highway in 1975.
Young High Church of Christ - 1968
South Knoxville Church of Christ - 2000
Wayne Lankford became preacher for the congregation soon after the move
to Chapman Highway and continued until 1988. In August of 1988, Thomas
C. Miller moved from Parkersburg, WV to begin his work with the church.
Since the church building was no longer on Young High Pike and the Young
High School no longer stood, the congregation's name was changed again
in 1987 to the South Knoxville Church of Christ.
In 1998, Thomas C. Miller became Dean of Academics at the East Tennessee
School of Preaching, located in the Karns Community, though still continuing
to serve as the preacher for the congregation. In 1999, Geoffrey
R. Mabe became the Associate Minister for the congregation.
In addition to the leadership provided by the elders, the congregation
is presently served by seven deacons: Wayne Art, Rusty Curtis, G.T.
Giles, Bill Morrison, Steve Stamm, Donnie Taylor, and Jim Walker.
The worship assemblies of the church are conducted each Sunday morning
at 11:00 a.m. and each Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m. Bible classes
for all ages are also conducted each Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. and each
Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. During these times, or at other times
during the month, special classes and get-togethers are also scheduled
for Men, Women, New Members, Life Groups, and Golden Agers.
Today the South Knoxville Church of Christ continues to build upon its
rich heritage. The congregation is mission minded and is active in
serving the needs of people. A strong preaching and teaching program
is emphasized. Radio, television, the printed page, and personal
contact are all used to reach out to people with the message of simple,
undenominational New Testament Christianity