City Church began in the summer of 2016 when 25 people from Columbia, South Carolina decided to uproot their lives and move to Knoxville. We all came from a church there in Columbia called Midtown Fellowship. Leaving Midtown to start a new church was not the result of a church split, church drama, or any ill will. Rather, we all had experienced an expression of church family through that church that we wanted to see God create anew here in Knoxville. Our desire was to become a Jesus-centered family on mission in Knoxville (more on that here).
Those 25 people picked up their families and got jobs here in Knoxville–as teachers, nurses, designers, managers, chefs, bankers, videographers, and whatever else they could find–all so they could be a part of this new church God was forming in this new city.
In the fall of 2016, we began having monthly "Family Meetings." They were nothing flashy, just a bunch of people sitting in a house basement talking about the type of church we wanted to become. After we talked, we'd have a cookout and spend time hanging out together for the rest of the evening.
On February 5, 2017, we hosted our first ever Sunday service (called a "Gathering") at Jackson Terminal in the Old City. We began by just hosting a Gathering on the first Sunday of every month, but then began meeting every Sunday on August 6, 2017. If you're interested in joining us on Sundays, details can be found on our Sundays page here.
Throughout each week, our church meets in LifeGroups, communities of 20-25 people, every week. LifeGroups are the very core of our church family, and we'd love to invite you to experience one. Just let us know over on our LifeGroups page.