Church Services

Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville (STFK), a.k.a. the "Nerd Church", is an independent Evangelical Christian Church with a unique mission to the part of our community that includes sincere skeptics, scientists, geeks, nerds, science educators, and their families. Incorporated in Tennessee in 2010, STFK has served faithfully in the city of Knoxville for fifteen (15) years. Now in 2024, with a sincere desire to follow God's leading, STFK is seeking to establish a new church campus somewhere along Florida's Space Coast.


Virtual Church Services (Weekly on Sundays)

During this period of transition, we are using Zoom as the primary means of assembling ourselves for weekly Praise & Worship, Preaching, and Prayer. At the present time, our services take place at 10:00 A.M. each Sunday morning. Everyone is welcome to participate! If you would like to receive a Zoom invitation to attend our virtual church service, please send a request to by e-mail to

Upcoming Outreach Events (2024)

Rise Up Con (Tennessee) — On Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1, STFK will be an exhibitor in the vendor area at the Sevierville Convention Center. The purpose for this outreach is to recruit other churches in East Tennessee to carry on the type of evangelism that STFK has been doing at conventions since 2012. "The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few;" (Luke 10:2 KJ21).

Space Coast Comic Con (Florida) — STFK will be an exhibitor in the vendor area at the Wickham Park Community Center in Melbourne on Saturday and Sunday, June 15-16. Pastor David Spakes will be leading a panel on Saturday. On Sunday at 10:30 A.M., we will be holding an in-person church service for staff, volunteers, attendees, and celebrity guests.

CreepyCon (Tennessee) — STFK is returning for its fourth year of outreach at this event, which will be held Friday through Sunday, August 2-4 at the Knoxville Convention Center. Following this link to see pictures from last year's event.

Some of the past events are here.

Interview for Abundant TV (May 12 and 23)

Our Pastor, David Spakes, will be a returning guest on the Lessons for Life streaming television program. During the program, he will discuss the mission of Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville in an interview with the program's hosts. The interview will be filmed in two parts.

Part 1 is a one-hour practice interview that was live-streamed on Sunday, May 12 (Mother's Day 2024) at 7:00 P.M. You can watch it here (the starting position is 16m 00s).


Roku Phone App

Part 2 is a one-hour interview that will be edited for television. It will be available to watch on Abundant TV on Thursday, May 23 starting at 7:00 P.M. Download the app for this channel on Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Google Play, or Apple IOS.

Lessons for Life is a ministry of Pastor David Mathis (retired) of Union City, Michigan that is produced with the assistance of Bob Etzel of Sevierville, Tennessee.

About Our Church

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

We are worshippers of God, followers of Jesus Christ, and supporters of science and science education. We see no conflict 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.

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

Until the start of our transition to Florida, STFK has always offered an in‑person meeting place for church services. We were a portable church until 2020, and then we began renting a facility where we had 24x7 occupancy and uninterrupted use of the building. Here is a list of all of our past meeting locations.

In-Person Meeting Locations (2011-2024)

2/13/2011 —  10/2/2011 Crestridge Community Room
4/8/2012 —  1/26/2020 Ijams Nature Center
Ijams Nature Center
2/2/2020 —  4/14/2024 Neals Landing
Neals Landing

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 has proudly sponsored Science Café events for the Knoxville, Tennessee area since 2011. 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 seeking presenters in both Tennessee and Florida for the Summer and Fall of 2024. Please check back later for announcements.

For Science Café meetings that take place in Tennessee, we will make a best-effort attempt to provide virtual accessibility to participants in Florida and other locations through Zoom.

For Science Café meetings that take place in Florida, we will make a best-effort attempt to provide virtual accessibility to participants in Tennessee and other locations 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.

Zoom Meeting

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 section of the in‑person meeting location; this includes a science lesson appropriate for the younger audience 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

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 (Tennessee)

From January, 2015 until May, 2024, Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville was 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 in Knoxville, Tennessee 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.

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