Church Services

Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville (STFK) meets weekly for church services on Sunday morning at 10:30 A.M. We rent a meeting space in the Visitor's Center building at Ijams Nature Center located at 2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville, TN. 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. Below is a list of some of our special services coming up the next several weeks.

April 12: End Times Study First Registration

This is the first opportunity to register for the Bible Study on "The End Times and Revelation According to Jesus Christ". Participants who register will receive a notebook to hold study notes. Pastor David Spakes will introduce the framework for this study.

The End Times and Revelation According to Jesus Christ

April 19: Singing Service

Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville will be having a combined singing service with another church in South Knoxville called Bible Fellowship. The singing will take place at Bible Fellowship, which is located at 7509 West Dick Ford Lane in South Knoxville. We are pleased to welcome LIVINGSONG from Nashville, TN as our guest singers.


April 26: No Church Service

Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville (STFK) will be closed on this date. Please join us at our next church service on Sunday, May 3.

Keep Calm

May 3: End Times Study Second Registration

This is the second and final day to register for the Bible Study on "The End Times and Revelation According to Jesus Christ" before the study officially begins. Participants who register will receive a notebook to hold study notes. Pastor David Spakes will introduce the framework for this study.

May 10: Mother's Day

We honor our mothers on this day with our tradition of wearing a flower. If your mother is alive, wear a red carnation. If your mother has passed away, wear a white carnation.

May 17: End Times Study Begins

This is the official first day of the sermon series and Bible study for "The End Times and Revelation According to Jesus Christ". On most Sunday mornings through the summer months, church service will include a short sermon followed by an open discussion of Bible prophecy.

About Our Church

Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville meets weekly for church service on Sunday mornings (see schedule below) at Ijams Nature Center in South Knoxville. Click here for directions. We are an independent, nondenominational, Evangelical Christian Church that is friendly to the sciences. We welcome sincere skeptics to consider starting a relationship with God in fellowship with a group of Christians who are not judgmental against beliefs such as a 13.7-billion-year-old universe and evolution. We consider the Bible to be the inspired Word of God and inerrant in the original text, and where science and the Bible do not appear to agree, the flaw lies in human inability to fit the puzzle pieces together (the church takes no official position on such matters). We study from both classic (KJV, etc.) and modern (NIV, NRSV, etc.) English translations of the Bible. Please come and be warmly welcomed!

Sunday Schedule (Effective May 5, 2013)
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.
10:30 A.M.   Worship Service
  Contemporary praise and worship (singing), preaching, prayer with laying on of hands every Sunday. The Lord's Supper (communion) is served on the first Sunday each month.

Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville 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.

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Science Café

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.

April Science Café

The next meeting of the takes place on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 from 5:30 P.M. until 7:00 at Ijams Nature Center. Our topic is "Design With Nature", and our guest scientist is Dr. Neil Greenberg, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The meeting is FREE to attend and open to all ages.

Dr. Greenberg described the topic this way, "it is about drawing inspiration from nature: Iím coming at the topic from the principle of accommodating rather than mastering nature. Iíll mention Ian McHarg, whose 1969 book Design with Nature was a landmark of modern ecological planning. But looking back a little further I want to identify Antoni Gaudi, an early 20thy century architect who drew deep inspiration from his own study of nature and was finally able to implement his insights in his magnum opus, the great basilica of the Sagrada Familia (Sacred Family) in Barcelona Also, Ernst Haeckel, an important scientist (in his day) fell under the thrall of the beauty of the marine organisms he studied and published a series of graphics that inspired an aesthetic that rippled widely through popular culture. (a different concept of design) I may be able to get something about 'nature deprivation disorder' into all this..."

Children are welcome to attend the Science Café 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.

Please RSVP by calling Ijams Nature Center at (865)577-4717 extension 110, or by sending an e-mail message to Let us know how many adults and children are in your group and the ages of the children.

Science Cafe Flyer

Ijams Nature Center is located at 2915 Island Home Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37920. Click here for directions.

During STFK 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, Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville does not advocate religion.

Please make plans to attend!

UT Science Forum

Starting January, 2015, Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville is 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.

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