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History of Christ Covenant

The vision for a PCA church at the western edge of the county began many years ago in the heart and mind of Rev. Don Hoke, pastor at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church. With that in mind, 12 acres of land was procured at the corner of Kingston Pike and North Hobbs Road near the Knox/Loudon County line.

In August of 1994, the Reverend Jim Barnes was called by Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church to be the church planter for the new church. Jim and his family moved to Knoxville and began services in the Cedar Springs Chapel in September 1994. The church moved to the Farragut Middle School in November 1994 and met there until April of 2005.

Construction began on the first phase of the overall building plan in December 2003.
The church began meeting in their new facility in April of 2005.

In May 2017, the Christ Covenant family welcomed a new lead pastor, Seth Hammond, as Jim Barnes retired.  Seth had been an assistant pastor since 2013. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. He served previously for 6 years at University Presbyterian Church in Orlando, Florida. Along with duties with the Tennessee Valley Presbytery, Seth also currently serves as the Chairman of the Board at Choices Resource Center and, since December 2015, as a Chaplain in the Air National Guard. Seth and wife Stephanie are parents of 4 children under age 7. 

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Christ Covenant has planted one church in Knoxville.  Redeemer Church began meeting and has purchased a former Baptist Church on 17th Street in downtown Knoxville.  We are involved in the support of the Korean Sarang Church of Knoxville, also a member of the Presbyterian Church in America.  Christ Covenant also partners with Grace Presbyterian Church in Jasper, TN.