Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville (STFK) is celebrating its fifth year in existence and our fourth year at Ijams Nature Center! We began to hold church services at our current location on April 8, 2012, and we have been meeting here weekly since May 27, 2012.
Please join us for our next two church services on Sunday, May 15 and Sunday, June 5 as we conclude our celebration and look forward.
Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville will be closed on Sunday, May 22 and Sunday, May 29.
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 10:30 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.
Science Café Anniversary
Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville is celebrating the fifth anniversary of the STFK Science Café! The first meeting took place on April 20, 2011. If you appreciate the importance of science and think Christians should be advocates, rather than opponents of real science and science education, then "Like" us on Facebook and make plans to attend an upcoming meeting!
STFK Science Café (June 7)
The next meeting of the STFK Science Café takes place on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 from 5:30 P.M. until 7:00 at the Knoxville Zoo. The discussion will be about "Wild Boar of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park", and our guest presenter is Benjamin Levy (Ph.D., University of Tennessee, May, 2016), Research Assistant at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis.
Kid's Café (June 7)
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.
Meeting Location (June 7)
This meeting of the STFK Science Café and Kid's Café will take place at the Knoxville Zoo. There is no parking or admission fee for those attending only the Science Café and who will not be visiting the Zoo's animal exhibits. See below for parking and entry instructions. Please RSVP by sending an e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parking and Entry Instructions
Enter at the Ranger's office, which is located to the right of the ticket counters and main gates. Inform the Ranger that greets you that you are there to attend the Science Café, and the Ranger will direct you where to go.
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 (Spring 2016)
For more than a year, Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville has been 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.