Church History

In 1980 Dr. Barry and Dottie Culberson felt God urging them to leave their church in Lexington, Kentucky, and come to Knoxville to start a new church. By faith they left their beautiful new home and brought their one-year-old daughter to a city where they knew no one. The Knoxville Christian Center’s first service at the Ramada Inn was attended by only 28 people. It seemed improbable that such a small church could impact Knoxville significantly.  However the improbable became reality.  Our outreaches began.  In 1981 Pastor Barry, began reaching out to the community through free contemporary Christian music concerts. His radio broadcast “Walk In Victory” was aired every weekday on radio. And the church grew rapidly. In 1990 KCC decided to begin each year with 21 Days of Fasting and Prayer, and since that time the church has experienced an even greater move of the Holy Spirit. In 1998 the church received a large donation totaling $1.6 million. This miracle donation enabled Knoxville Christian Center to offer even greater outreach possibilities to the East Tennessee area. Multitudes of people were reached for Christ.

Our Giant Vacation Bible Schools annually have over 2,000 enrolled by bussing in children from over a twelve mile radius of Knoxville. Over 900 decisions were made for Christ during this year’s 2011 VBS!

Thousands attend our Christian Family Nights concerts yearly. We promote one, and many times two, concerts a month. Our goal since 1982 in sponsoring Christian music concerts has been to bless the Christian community and to win people to the Lord. As a result, multitudes have heard and accepted Jesus as their Savior over the last 30 years.

All of the ministries at the knoxville Christian Center have a common objective – to reach the lost with the Gospel. This is our heart. This is our calling. The combined efforts of all our outreach ministries continue to produce a great harvest of souls. We invite you to join arms with us as we “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to all creation.”