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Two Churches, One Foundation

Posted by Linda Walsh on

During East Tennessee’s antebellum years, the Black population was smaller than the rest of the state’s, primarily because of the absence of large-scale plantation-based agriculture. Both enslaved and free Blacks lived and worshipped in Knoxville.1 Of Knoxville Baptist...

Be Opened

Posted by Josh Durham on

It is easy enough to find reference to First Baptist’s involvement through the church itself or, by extension, through various members.  Most of this is of the surface variety; brief notations on which prominent member of the church became a prominent member of which Board of...

When We Were Called Knoxville Baptist Church

Posted by Linda Walsh on

Before a Baptist church was in Knoxville, Knox County had seven Baptist churches, with the oldest beginning in 1797. Forty-six years later in January 1843, Knoxville Baptist Church (appropriately renamed First Baptist in 1869) was founded at the Court House, which was completed the previous...

A Place to Worship | Black Sea Ministries Update

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At the end of November, our partners with Black Sea Ministries opened the doors to their newly built church building. We are thrilled to celebrate this occasion with them. Below is a letter of thanks from their congregation to ours.  __ It was an incredible day. About 3 weeks ago we...

A Christmas Letter from the Wyatts

Posted by Marc & Kim Wyatt on

Merry Christmas Dear Friends,                As we pause and give thanks for God’s blessings we send you our heartfelt gratitude for your prayers and encouragement this year. Your faithfulness continues to sustain this ministry of welcome and...

Immanuel: Thoughts from Mason Thornton

Posted by Mason Thornton on

A silent night. A holy night. A blinding light shining brilliantly bright.  Was it indeed calm? Or did expectant and paranoid whispers litter the night wind? Did it truly feel sacred? Or was the “holiness” tainted by the imposed shame of an unwed mother-to-be? Could all have...

How We Share the Christmas Story

Posted by Vince Vawter on

“The Christmas season begins for me when the nativity scene appears on the steps of First Baptist Church” is a praise often heard on the streets of downtown Knoxville. The church’s tradition of more than 25 years has become a staple of the holiday season for the community, but...


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