Church Services

Singing Service (October 28)

On the last Sunday of each month, STFK has a Singing Service in which anyone with a heart to praise Jesus and worship God can sing a song or share their testimony. Click here to watch some of the songs that were sung at a previous Singing Service.

Our next Singing Service will be on Sunday, October 28 at 10:00 A.M., and we excited to announce that the Voice of the Victory Choir from Teen Challenge Women’s Ministries will be joining us. These young ladies are overcoming the tribulation in their lives, and they will truly inspire you. Come and listen and be part!

Victory Choir flyer

About Our Church

Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville (STFK) is a local and independent Evangelical Christian Church. We are not related to Scientology, Christian Science, or the organization called Spirit and Truth Fellowship International.

You can read our statement of faith here. We are worshipers of God, followers of Jesus Christ, and supporters of science and science education. We see no conlict between believing in the Creator and understanding the creation. As a church, we take no official position on Genesis chapters 1-11 in the Bible, so controversial matters such as the age of the Earth are avoided. Newcomers can basically believe what they want about Genesis 1-11 without being criticized for it.

People usually think of a skeptic as someone who finds it difficult to believe in God. We are not a church comprised of skeptics. We are a church who ministers to skeptics by making a non-controversial environment based on mutual respect where skeptics can explore the concept of believing in God.

In the South, many Christians have this concept that the study science is somehow a threat to their faith. We also exist to help those Christians learn that faith in God and the study of science are not mutually exclusive.

You might find it helpful to watch our video describing the church vision, located here.

Visit STFK for Church Service

Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville meets weekly for church services on Sunday morning at 10:00 A.M. We rent space for the church service from Ijams Nature Center, and we are pleased to have the opportunity to do so, knowing our rent budget goes to help fund the operation of Ijams Nature Center and its programs. Ijams Nature Center is located at 2915 Island Home Avenue, Knoxville, TN (click here for directions).

If you would like to meet Pastor David Spakes, you can arrive up to an hour early to talk while we finish setting up the sanctuary. You can enjoy breakfast snacks and drinks with us while we become acquainted with one another.

Sunday Schedule (Effective June 4, 2017)
9:30 A.M.   Internet Café
  Enjoy complimentary coffee/tea/soda and breakfast snacks, Wifi hot spot, fresh air, and the sounds of nature on the outside deck adjacent to the sanctuary (weather permitting) before the worship service begins.
10:00 A.M.   Worship Service
  Contemporary praise and worship (singing), preaching, prayer with laying on of hands on Sundays. The Lord's Supper (communion) is served on the first Sunday each month. On the last Sunday of each month, there is no sermon so everyone has a chance to sing praise to God and testify as they feel led.

Become a Member of STFK

On Sunday, September 16, 2018, Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville created a written membership roll and invited people to join the church as official members for the very first time.

This activity came as the culmination of a series of eight messages that Pastor David Spakes preached over the summer months. During the "Welcome Home" Sermon Series, we read in the Bible about the close-knit fellowship of the early church; how God has equipped each person so they can contribute to the church through assistance and leadership; the purpose and responsibility of tithing; what it means to be a church member; what it should be like being part of a church home; and the right way to welcome new people.

If a person desires to become a member of this church, the process is simple. Complete a short form and drop it into the collection bucket located on the literature table in the back of our sanctuary. The pastor will meet with the applicant(s) to answer questions about membership, and the name(s) will be entered into the roll book at an upcoming church service.

If you do not have a home church and are not part of a loving church family, we invite you to consider becoming a part of ours! If you believe in what we are doing to share the message of Jesus Christ in our community, we hope that you will strengthen those ties by becoming an official member.

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Science Café

Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville (STFK) is a member of the NOVA Science Cafés community and proudly sponsors Science Café events for the Knoxville, Tennessee area. You can see a list of past and upcoming Science Café topics by hovering over the Events menu above, then choose Science Café Events.

STFK Science Café (October 21)

When people think of animal play behavior, the first thing that probably comes to mind is images of dogs running around in their back yard or at a park or beach chasing a frisbee or fetching a ball. They might also think about monkeys they have seen at a zoo climbing and swinging from the bars and trees in their environment in captivity. Most people would not think about think about snakes and iguanas related to play.

Gordon Burghardt, however, knows that "Reptiles Play Too!" He is our guest presenter at the next STFK Science Café, and he will be discussing his research and experience with play behavior by reptiles. Gordon is a Biopsychologist and Alumni Distinguished Service Professor who works in both the Department of Psychology and the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

This meeting will be held in the Visitor's Center building at Ijams Nature Center on Sunday, October 21, 2018 from 2:00 to 3:30 P.M. The STFK Science Café is FREE to attend, and complimentary refreshments are provided. Please RSVP by e-mail to

October Science Cafe Flyer

Kid's Café

Children are welcome to attend any of the Science Café meetings with their parents! For ages 5-12, we offer a Kid's Café program in a nearby area with a science lesson and activities that help make learning science fun! Kids can participate with the permission of their parents while the parents enjoy the adult-level discussion. For proper planning purposes, it is important that our children's director knows in advance how many kids will be attending and their ages.

Sponsor Information

The STFK Science Café and Kid's Café are sponsored by a pro-science Evangelical Church called Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville. However, during Science Café meetings, discussion will be restricted to topics of science only. Religious viewpoints shall not be presented. Within the context of the Science Café and Kid's Café, Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville does not advocate religion.

UT Science Forum (Fall 2018)

Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville has been a financial sponsor of the UT Science Forum since January, 2015. This forum provides the general public, students and other researchers an opportunity to learn about the latest cutting-edge research at UT, ORNL and other local institutions.

If you are in the vicinity of the University of Tennessee main campus at lunchtime on Fridays, stop by the Thompson-Boling Arena Café and attend. Take your lunch with you or purchase lunch on site. Presentations by distinguished professors and researchers are 40 minutes long and are followed by a question-and-answer session. The UT Science Forum is free and open to the public. See the latest news for the UT Science Forum below.

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