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.
Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville has started a Prims Girls Club! This club will be held during our Kids Place which is held at the same time as our church service, 10:30 A.M. every Sunday morning at Ijams Nature Center. The Prims Club is for girls in first and second grade. During this 2 year achievement program, the girls will learn Bible stories and memory verses; earn badges for units that are completed; and go on exciting adventures! Just a few of the units covered are Cooking, Music, Bible Treasures, Friendship, and Women of the Bible. Please contact Sheila Spakes, Kids Place Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. or visit our Kids Facebook page at www.facebook.com/STFKKids if you are interested in registering your girl! Hope to hear from you!!!
Verse of the Day
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 and Science Café topics by hovering over the Events menu above, then choose Science Café Events.
STFK Science Café (April 13)
The next meeting of the STFK Science Café will take place on Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 5:30 P.M. until 7:00 at Ijams Nature Center. The topic is the "Animal Behavior and Communication", and our guest scientist is Dr. Todd Freeberg from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is the Associate Head of the Department of Psychology and an Adjunct Faculty member in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. This is an encore presentation of a discussion that was held earlier this year in January at Zoo Knoxville.
Please RSVP by sending an e-mail message to email@example.com. Let us know how many adults and children are in your group and the ages of the children. Ijams Nature Center is located at 2915 Island Home Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37920. Click here for directions.
Kid's Café (April 13)
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.
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 2017)
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.