Church Services

Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville (STFK) is a local and independent Evangelical Christian Church with the unique mission to reach out to a community that is rejected by many churches in our area: sincere skeptics, scientists, geeks, nerds, science educators, and their families. Everyone is welcome, and we would like to invite you to visit us for worship on Sunday mornings at 10:00 A.M. We are located at 241 Neals Landing Road, Suite 201, Knoxville, TN 37924.

Easter Sunday (March 31)

Please join us for Easter Sunday service March 31 as we celebrate the resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ! Since the last Sunday of each month is normally the day we set aside for members and visitors to share a song, talent, or testimony ("Singing Sunday"), we will incorporate this into our Easter service. If you would like to praise the Lord with your talent, please contact Pastor David Spakes ( in advance.

Resurrection Cross

"The Science of Easter" Interview (March 25 and 28)

Our Pastor, David Spakes, will join Bob Etzel for a three-hour interview that will be broadcast on the Internet in two parts. The topic of discussion is "The Science of Easter".

Part 1 of the interview will be two hours long and can be streamed LIVE on Monday, March 25 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. At the start of the broadcast, the link will be posted on the Facebook page for Mathis Ministries.

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Part 2 of the interview will be one hour long and will be available to watch on Abundant TV on Thursday, March 28 from 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Download the app for this channel on Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Google Play, or Apple IOS.

Bob Etzel studied Biblical Studies and Theology at Midwestern Baptist College and at the Great Commission Bible College in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He is a former member of the singing group called The Northmen from Fort Wayne, Indiana and the founder of E-Mission Ministries. He recently sang and preached at a church service of Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville.

World Down Syndrome Day (March 21)

Down Syndrome Awareness Week takes place every year on the calendar week that includes World Down Syndrome Day, Thursday, March 21st. Sometimes people have an extra 'sock'—or chromosome—and a person with Down syndrome has an extra copy of chromosome 21. That's ok – it just means that some things are a little harder for them.

Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville loves and supports people with Downs Syndrome. Members of the congregation (both in-person and virtual) wore crazy socks during the church service on March 17 and took pictures to include in this collage. Share this on social media to help us show our support!

Crazy Socks

About Our Church

Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville (STFK) is a local and independent Evangelical Christian Church. The church building is located at 241 Neals Landing Road, Suite 201, Knoxville, TN 37924.

Church Building Photo

We are worshippers 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 judged 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 in an atmosphere of 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.

What We Believe

Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville embraces mainstream Christian (Protestant) beliefs, rooted in salvation that is by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9).

On Sunday, February 19, Pastor David Spakes elaborated on the Two Requirements for Salvation in the following video on YouTube.

Link To YouTube

Speaker: Pastor David Spakes

Watch: "The Two Requirements for Salvation" on YouTube

For a more complete description of what we believe, read the church's general statement of faith and explanation of church doctrine.

Verse of the Day

Lookup a word or passage in the Bible

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 Science Café topics and presenters by hovering over the Events menu above, then choose Science Café Events.

STFK Science Café (2024)

The STFK Science Café is currently on break and will resume in the Spring of 2024. Please check back later for announcements.

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.

Kid's Cafe  Kid's Cafe

STFK Science Café (Virtual Attendance)

For those who are physcially unable to attend the Science Café or still not ready to meet in person because of the pandemic, we are now making a best-effort attempt to provide virtual accessibility through Zoom. To join the meeting as it is happening, point your browser to We will also attempt to record meetings and post the video on YouTube.

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. For more information, contact David Spakes,

UT Science Forum

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.

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.

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