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.
Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville has started a Prims Girls Club! This club will be held during our Kids Place which is held at the same time as our church service, 10:30 A.M. every Sunday morning at Ijams Nature Center. The Prims Club is for girls in first and second grade. During this 2 year achievement program, the girls will learn Bible stories and memory verses; earn badges for units that are completed; and go on exciting adventures! Just a few of the units covered are Cooking, Music, Bible Treasures, Friendship, and Women of the Bible. Please contact Sheila Spakes, Kids Place Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. or visit our Kids Facebook page at www.facebook.com/STFKKids if you are interested in registering your girl! Hope to hear from you!!!
Visit STFK for Church Service
Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville meets weekly for church services on Sunday morning at 10:30 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.
Verse of the Day
Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville (STFK) is a member of the NOVA scienceNOW community and proudly sponsors Science Café events for the Knoxville, Tennessee area. You can see a list of upcoming and past Science Café topics by hovering over the Events menu above, then choose Science Café Events.
STFK Science Café (October 13)
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we will be discussing "Breast Cancer" at our Science Café meeting in October. Our guest presenter is traveling to us all the way from Nashville. Dana Brantley-Sieders is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in the Department of Medicine, Division of Rhemuatology.
If you or someone you know has been touched by the onset of cancer and you have unanswered questions, this is an opportunity for you to ask an expert about this disease and possible treatments. This is a rare opportunity that you shouldn't miss. Share this announcement with anyone you know who would benefit by being part this discussion.
This STFK Science Café meeting takes place on Thursday, October 13, 2016 from 5:30 P.M. until 7:00 at Ijams Nature Center. Please RSVP by calling Ijams Nature Center at (865)577-4717 extension 110, or by sending an e-mail message to email@example.com. Let us know how many adults and children are in your group and the ages of the children. Ijams Nature Center is located at 2915 Island Home Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37920. Click here for directions.
Kid's Café (October 13)
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.
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 2016)
Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville is a financial sponsor of the UT Science Forum. 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.