Church Services

Singing Service (August 25)

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, August 25 at 10:00 A.M.

"Sin" Sermon Series

Pastor David Spakes is currently preaching a sermon series about Sin. The key verse for this series is 1 John 2:16 (KJV), "For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." Here is the schedule for the first four messages in the series.

Sermon Schedule
  August 11   Introduction  
  August 18   Lust of the Eyes  
  September 1   Lust of the Flesh  
  September 15   Pride of life  

The logo for this sermon series is inspired by a video game created by id Software in 1993 called "DOOM" (one of the Pastor's personal favorites). The status bar features a painting by Wilhelm Kalteysen called the Vera Icon (AD 1450) that depicts the face of Jesus as he endured the pain of the crucifixion.

Sin Status Bar

Jesus died on the cross to take away our Sin. This focus of this sermon is not condemnation but to help us realize that our sin contributed to his suffering; and that by continuing in sin, we also take damage ourselves. It is important to deal with the root cause of our sin so we can be free of it and resist the lure of future temptation.

Closed Announcement

Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville (STFK) will be closed on Sunday, September 8. Please choose another Sunday to visit our church service at Ijams Nature Center.

Keep Calm

Baptism Service

Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville (STFK) will be having a baptism service on Sunday, September 15. This special service will take place along the riverbank halfway between Maryville and Townsend in a community called Walland. The address is 6138 E Lamar Alexander Parkway, Walland, TN 37886. The service will begin at 11:00 A.M. Everyone is welcome!

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.

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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 (September 19)

For the month of September, we are pleased to welcome back Susan Gawarecki as a returning guest presenter. She is a Geologist working professionally as a consultant in Knoxville, and she first spoke at the STFK Science Cafe in March of 2012.

Our topic for September is "Sinkholes". We will be meeting at the Bearden Branch Library on Thursday, September 19 from 5:30 to 7:00 P.M. The library is located at the intersection of Papermill Drive and Kingston Pike. The street address is 100 Golfclub Rd, Knoxville, TN 37902.

This meeting is FREE to attend, and everyone is welcome! Seating is limited, so please RSVP or 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

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. 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 2019)

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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