Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]–to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it). – Ephesians 3:20-21 (Amp)
Our vision is to make a positive impact upon the city of Knoxville by creating a city-wide family center in which all are welcome – a place where all individuals and families can grow and flourish in faith and discover God’s plan for their lives.
We are committed to making a positive impact upon the world by continuing to serve as a worldwide Christian outreach center helping millions of people in over 150 nations experience the perfect peace that comes from faith in Jesus Christ and obedience to the Holy Spirit.
We hope you’ll join us weekly for one of three encouraging worship services. You’ll feel the presence of the Holy Spirit as we worship together through music, prayer and a message from the Bible.
Everyone is welcome!
History Over thirty years ago a group of twenty one believers began meeting in a home in Knoxville, Tennessee with the vision of founding a church they would call “Redemption Christian Center”. In November 1978 Ed and Nora King took a step of faith to formally found the church which came to be known as “Redemption Church International”.
Pastor Ed King had been serving at Melodyland School of Theology in California when, through a series of miraculous events, he heard the Lord’s call to return his hometown of Knoxville and found a church. After diligent prayer and with no money, no people and no building, Pastors Ed and Nora took a leap of faith and followed the Lord’s call.
God honored their faith and within two weeks they had outgrown the living room where they began. During the next three years growth was so rapid that soon they had moved into meeting rooms in two different hotels, the Andrew Johnson and Best Western, a 7-Eleven convenience store and a former Methodist Church. Only one week before the lease was up at the Methodist church the present home of Redemption Church became available and, during the last service there, the new location on Pleasant Ridge Road was announced.
The “new” building originally housed offices and a warehouse for a local department store but, through the years, a radical transformation has taken place. The original warehouse area that had once been our sanctuary is now an educational area, while our staff offices are located in the lower portion of the original building. We have also added on a gymnasium and our Teen Center as well as the new sanctuary facility. To accommodate all of the expansions we’ve purchased surrounding properties in order to provide additional parking.
“Through the years we’ve grown steadily and now we invite you to become a part of our history as we take Knoxville for Jesus and reach the world with the Good News of the Gospel.”