Our History

The Maryville church of Christ had its inception on August 8, 1941. Approximately twenty-five people met that evening with Brother Charlie King of the Lenoir City Church of Christ. It was by their efforts that the first meeting place was secured in the Junior Order Hall over Perry’s Feed Store at the corner of Harper and Cusick. The first full-time preacher was Brother Philip Speer of Nashville. He preached his first sermon to the congregation on September 5, 1941. He preached at Maryville for almost two years before failing health required his retirement. During his tenure, the local congregation grew rapidly.

With a desire to grow and accomplish more for the Lord, property was purchased. It was on June 25, 1942, that ground was broken for a new building. After its completion, Brother Billy Norris of Knoxville preached the first service on October 25, 1942. Brother Norris later became the local preacher for the congregation.

In the summer of 1945, the first elders were appointed. Those serving the congregation were J.H. Coleman Sr., George Daugherty, Leon Atchley and R.M. Willbanks. Four years later, Arthur Bailey was appointed to serve as an elder. It was in March 1949 that the first church deacons were appointed. Those appointed to serve were Herbert Byrd Sr., J.H. Coleman Jr., Foy Gilliland and Carl Parris.

By the efforts of members and subsequent preachers, the Church continued to grow. A new auditorium and new classrooms in the basement were finished to meet the need. The first service was held in the new auditorium on August 19, 1956.

Ten years later, a new educational wing was added, as well as a large fellowship room.

The congregation continued to grow. In April 1977, a record number of 537 met for Sunday worship. The following month, a record 467 were present for Bible study.

The need for a larger place to worship initiated the search for property that allowed for the building of a larger structure in which to worship, serve, and grow. The present property at 611 Sherwood Drive was acquired and groundbreaking for the current building was held on June 20, 1987, with its completion in the fall of 1988.

In November 2000, we continued to grow with the completion of the Community Outreach Building.