Worship

Worship is one way we commune with God. Through it, we teach our youngest how to interact with God and our eldest how to continually trust God. Authentic worship has nothing to do with performance. At First Baptist, we teach it as a lifestyle that permeates everything we do, and we have three distinct ways you can join us:

  1. Worship Through Music
  2. Worship Through Art
  3. Worship Through Media

Worship Through Music

Sanctuary Choir

Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 7 pm, Choir Suite

This choir leads our 11:00 a.m. traditional worship service by offering the best of their time, talent, and preparation. They sing a variety of church music literature and perform several choral concerts throughout the year. It is also regularly accompanied by volunteer and professional instrumentalists. They are a loving and encouraging community of faith.

This is not an auditioned choir, and all are welcome to participate.

Contact: Richard Buerkle at  

Praise Team

Rehearsals:  Tuesdays, 8 pm, Trentham Hall

This team leads our contemporary service at 8:45 am. They sing the latest Christian worship music as well as, modern interpretations of hymns. They truly serve as a team by loving, caring, and praying for one another.

Contact: Richard Buerkle at

Golden Notes

Rehearsals: Thursdays at 10:30 am in Room 302

Golden Notes is our very active Senior Adult Choir. They bring their gifts of music and worship to various venues in our city, and go on an annual spring tour, ministering at nursing and assisted living facilities in different cities. They are a meaningful community within our church family. 

This is not an auditioned choir, and all are welcome to participate.

Contact: Steve Foster at  

Youth Choir

Our youth experience includes student-led music and worship as a regular part of Sunday morning time together. In addition, the Youth come together as a choir periodically to bring their voices into the church’s two morning worship services and to support their annual Youth Week Sunday’s worship experience. 

Contact: Ben Winder at

Children’s Choirs

Rehearsals: Wednesdays during the school year, 5:40 pm

First Baptist Knoxville offers four age-graded choirs for children. These choirs allow children to develop their voices and learn music that is appropriate for the age and vocal capacity. Led by loving volunteers, these choirs help children find their voice in song for God.

Contact: Richard Buerkle at

Hand Bell Choir

First Baptist Knoxville has a rich tradition in worship enhanced by a hand bell choir. Currently, the choir participates in selected worship services, but we anticipate this worship expression will soon return to regular worship participation.

Concert Series

Our sanctuary design enhances music. Thus, a feature of our ministry is our annual concert series, inviting some of the best in music from a wide diversity of styles.

Some artists that have been featured in past series include Ellie Holcomb, Kyle Matthews, The American Spiritual Ensemble, Cynthia Clawson, The Kings Brass, The Isaacs, and The Annie Moses Band. The series has also featured concerts from the music programs at Lee University, Pellissippi State, Carson-Newman University, and the University of Tennessee. Beginning a new tradition, we have more recently added some concerts on our front steps and lawn, including our fall BlueGrass and BBQ event. 

Worship Through Art

Thursdays, 12-3 pm

Whether you are an expert or a beginner, all are welcome in our art class. Class members do more than just paint, they support one another and fellowship. It is a very warm community focused on using art to glorify God. 

Contact: Brad Bittle at

Worship Through Media

Our television ministry broadcasts our Sunday service to over 10,000 people every week. It is completely maintained by volunteers who run cameras, direct, and do sound for the service. 

Contact: Richard Buerkle at  

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