Church Services

Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville (STFK) is a local and independent Evangelical Christian Church: Trinity in doctrine, Pentecostal in experience. Everyone is welcome, and we would like to invite you to visit us for worship on Sunday morning at 10:00 A.M. Scroll down in this column to find information about our church. Upcoming events are presented first.

Current Sermon Series

Link To YouTube

On the first Sunday in September, Pastor David Spakes started preaching a new sermon series called Jesus and His Words. Catch up on past sermons on YouTube, and then come to Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville to finish the series in person.

STFK Movie Night (October 22)

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Our church makes an event out of watching movies together, partly for outreach and partly just for fun. Everyone is invited to join in on the selected Friday night each month at 8:00 P.M. for this event. Snacks and drinks provided. The church building is located at 241 Neals Landing Road, Suite 201, Knoxville, TN 37924.

Fall Festival (November 6)

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You are invited to our second annual Fall Festival! This will take place on the grounds of our church building located at 241 Neals Landing Road, Suite 201, Knoxville, TN 37924. Mark the date on your calendar: Saturday, November 6 from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.

Upcoming Outreach

During the remaining months of 2021, Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville (STFK) will have a table set up and numerous area events away from our church building. If you see us at one of these events, please stop and talk with us!

Return of the Mini-Con (October 9) — This is a one-day convention for fans of comic books, toys, and cosplay presented by Snake Eyes Comics. It will take place on Saturday, October 9 from 11:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. at Rothchild Catering and Conference Center located at 8807 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37923.

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Trick or Treat in the Cave (October 23) — This event at Cherokee Caverns runs during the evening of every weekend day (Saturday through Sunday) in October until 8:00 P.M. Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville will be passing out candy to trick-or-treaters on Saturday, October 23. The address is 8524 Oak Ridge Highway, Knoxville, TN 37931.

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Fanboy Expo (October 29-31) — This is Tennessee’s Largest Pop Culture Event! It will take place October 29-31 at the Knoxville Convention Center and will feature celebrity guests, comic industry pros, cosplay, vendors, live entertainment and much more!

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Sunday Church
Service 9:00 A.M.

Christmas in the Cave (October 23) — This event at Cherokee Caverns runs during the evening of every weekend day (Friday through Sunday) in December through Christmas until 8:00 P.M. Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville will be wishes visitors there Merry Christmas on Sunday, December 5. The address is 8524 Oak Ridge Highway, Knoxville, TN 37931.

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Yama-Con (December 10-12) — Yama-Con is an annual three-day anime convention held at the LeConte Center located at 2986 Teaster Lane, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863. Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville will be located at a promotion table in the vendor area.

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Sunday Church
Service 8:45 A.M.

What To Expect When You Arrive

During the pandemic, the church took extra precautions to keep everyone safe. We have now relaxed all of our restrictions. Everyone is welcome, both masked and unmasked, vaccinated and unvaccinated. To protect yourself and your family, we recommend that every adult person and child above the minimum age be vaccinated according to CDC guidelines.

pandemic response photo The church is located at 241 Neals Landing Road, Suite 201, Knoxville, TN 37924. On the front of the building, we have updated our signs to include a new bright yellow one.

pandemic response photo The new yellow sign is for the drive-up church service option, which continues to be available. If you wish to remain in your car, tune your radio to 90.1 FM to listen to the church service live as it happens.

pandemic response photo Those who are attending the drive-up church service can walk to the front door and pick up a bulletin from the literature rack.

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Inside, our seating arrangement is back to normal. There is no longer extra space between tables and chairs for social distancing.

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The coffee machine that we purchased during the pandemic for zero-touch dispensing is still in the kitchen. Place your cup under the reservoir and press it against the release button (similar to a carbonated beverage dispensing machine in a restaurant). Pull the cup forward to stop the flow.

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 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, located here.

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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)

Art is a concept central to one of the most wholly human of our cultural endeavors, and yet one undeniably linked to, if not wholly emergent from, our basic biology. Art and aesthetic experience may be understood as part of the ensemble of behavioral traits that characterizes our species. And like other traits, their causes and consequences may be illuminated by considering the fundamental biology from which it emerges and how it contributes to the survival of individuals or groups.

For the November meeting of the STFK Science Café, we are very pleased to welcome back a returning presenter, Neil Greenberg. He is a Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and he has spoken at our meetings before in 2012 and 2015. The topic for this meeting is "Art and Organism: The Integrative Biology of Art and Aesthetic Experience"

This meeting will take place at the Bearden Branch Library on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 from 5:30 to 7:00 P.M. We will watch a short video together, our presenter will speak for a few minutes, and the rest of the time will be for questions and discussion. Complimentary refreshments are provided. This meeting is FREE to attend, and everyone is welcome!

Seating is limited, so please RSVP by e-mail to Adding your name to the RSVP list guarantees your seat(s) until 15 minutes prior to the advertised start time of the meeting. After that, seating is available on a first-come first-served basis. The Fire Marshall's imposed maximum attendance is 47 for this venue.

September Science Cafe Flyer

STFK Science Café (Summer and Fall 2021)

After a long year of quarantine, many people are ready to emerge from their places of solitude and soak up the sun! But some are still reeling with concerns about COVID. With everyone's happiness in mind, we are meeting outdoors and in-person this summer! Find us under the Outdoor Pavilion at Ijams Nature Center. Click here for Directions.

Ijams Nature Center Outdoor Pavilion photo

This new outdoor location was featured on WBIR-TV on April 20 during an interview with David Spakes, organizer of the STFK Science Café. Click on David's photo to watch the news segment on YouTube.

WBIR interview

For those who are unable to attend or still not ready to meet in-person, we are going to make a best-effort attempt to provide virtual accessibility through Zoom (our meeting is outdoors near a building that has Wifi). To join the meeting as it is happening, point your browser to We will also attempt to record the outdoor meeting and post the video on YouTube.

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.

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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,

The STFK Science Café and Kid's Café are co-sponsored by the Associated Professional Think Tank. For more information, contact David Fox, (865)803-2887.

UT Science Forum (Fall 2021)

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.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UT Science Forum lectures for the Spring 2021 semester will be hosted on Zoom. 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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