How Church of the Redeemer came to be
Church of the Redeemer is a new church here in Blount County, started out of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church in Knoxville. In 2015, much of the leadership at Cedar Springs had a heart for starting new churches abroad, but felt that God was also calling them to reach out in their own region to reconcile people to God and each other.
CSPC had dozens of folks in the Maryville and Alcoa area, and many had a heart for starting a gospel-centered church in their own city. Through much prayer and searching, CSPC identified Dave Strunk to help lead an effort in the Maryville and Alcoa area. Starting in the Fall of 2016, a core group was identified and began work on praying, planning, and serving the community.
Out of this story, we've decided that our vision and values are as follows:
Our vision is to serve the people of Blount County and beyond who need a home in Jesus and to be a church where He is the center of everything.
We think the Gospel is for all people for all of life from all of Scripture.
We will fuel our church with prayer to the God who leads our church.
We desire to love each other over food and in small groups that study Scripture.
Our worship is both new and old: it is suited to our time and place and connected to the Church’s past.
The week matters as much as the weekend: we want to serve our city and world with focused whole-person care both as a church together and as individuals.
The gospel breaks down divisions between people, and we value church members from all walks of life: different ages, life circumstances, ethnicities, and incomes.
We will be a team-led and Presbyterian congregation.
We value being a church that will help start more churches.