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Christ Covenant Church to relocate

The members of Christ Covenant Church have an additional reason to celebrate the beauty of spring — the near completion of phase one of their church and finally “a place to call home.”

“We’re in the home stretch,” the Rev. Jim Burns, the congregation’s pastor, said. “We had hoped to be open by Easter Sunday but a more realistic target is early April.”

The new church, located at 12915 Kingston Pike in Farragut, has been a dream of Burns since being named pastor 10 years ago. A sister parish of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church, Christ Covenant has been conducting its services at Farragut Middle School.

Burns said FMS has been “wonderful, very accommodating” over the last 10 years and he is truly grateful that they had a place to worship.

“We had services in the cafeteria at first, but it got too crowded in there so we had to move to the gymnasium,” he said. “Every Sunday we would set up five hundred chairs and take them down after the service.”

The first of four phases, this 27,000-square-foot facility encompasses a worship center that will seat 550 people and double as a fellowship hall when necessary, education wings for adults and children, including a nursery, a kitchen and offices for all of the church administration.

Burns said the new construction is the product of a member-driven fund-raising campaign, the generosity of local businessman Doug Horne and a lot of hard work. More than 400 parishioners have raised approximately $2 million of the $3.7 million cost.

“This church is on twelve acres of land,” he said. “Eight of the acres were given to us by Doug Horne and Cedar Springs bought the remaining four.”

Horne, who owned the property, is a Farragut resident, real estate developer, chairman of Horne Properties Inc. and owner of farragutpress.

“Not having to buy the land made it possible for us to move forward with this church,” Burns said.

Adding that the original plan for the church was “almost double” the size of the 27,000 square feet ultimately built, Burns said, “It was determined that our original plan was too large, not doable,” he said. “So we switched architects and found a builder who just builds churches and we have been very pleased. The change in plans did, however, cause us to lose some time.”

Designers have paid attention to detail, incorporating the latest in technology and furniture design. The children’s wings are color coordinated so youngsters can readily locate their rooms and church staff and volunteers have painted colorful scenes on the walls lining the children’s education wing.

There are separate rooms for art activities, puppet shows and movie viewing.

Burns said Cedar Springs has wanted a church in West Knox County for several years, and he believes the new church will allow his enrollment to grow, adding, “Everything changes once you get on the ‘Pike,’ he said.

The inaugural church service will be in early April. Sunday school services are from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., and worship will begin at 11 a.m. Tours will be conducted before and after services.

Burns said he welcomes the community to stop by and visit the new facility. Adding that the construction has been a long and sometimes difficult process, albeit a necessary one, he said, “A city set on a hill can not be hidden. That is what this church is; no longer hidden but out in the open for all to enjoy.”

For more information about Christ Covenant Church, call the office at 865-671-1885 or visit the Web site at


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