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Hello Knoxville

We are a people by the Gospel and for the Gospel.
We commit to showing you Jesus Christ to the best of our abilities. We commit that Legacy Church belongs to Jesus, not us. We commit to telling you the truth about what Jesus says, even if it is hard and means some of you will never return. We commit to telling his story, not just ours, because it is more important and honestly, ours is boring without him in the center. We commit to spending our money and time serving the parts of Knoxville and people of Knoxville that need Jesus’ rescue. We commit to gathering around a King, not a building or a service. We commit to confronting the sin that tears you and your family apart, sometimes unbeknownst to you or your family. We commit to taking chances and attempting things only possible with God’s hand. We commit to making Jesus more famous than our church.
We commit to loving you, but declaring war on the things drawing you away from Jesus. We commit to doing our best to love and serve you. We will all see our Maker and King soon. He will restore the whole world to the way it’s supposed to be. He will make all things new, wiping away all tears, as we worship him together in his presence forever. This gives us great hope, as we sacrifice it all for your good and his glory. We love you Knoxville, but only because almighty God loved you first. Thank you for hearing our heart. Sincerely, The leadership of Legacy Church
Luke Thomas

Luke Thomas

Lead Vision, Teaching Pastor Central Site

My Story
I grew up in the oilfields of West TX going to school at both Texas Tech and the University of Texas (Permian Basin Campus) for biochemistry resolved to become a uber wealthy surgeon. Relentlessly pursuing the American Dream I graduated with honours in 1999 but by that time God rescued me and ruined me. He rescued me from my rebellion and death and ruined me for anything else besides the vocational ministry. I am forever thankful.

I met and married my bride Paula in that pivotal season and since that season, we have been a part of campus ministry and church planting for 20 years in Texas, Florida, and Tennessee.

Originally, we planted church-based campus ministries on five different campuses alongside young church plants, but In 2009-2010 God began to enlarge our passion to not only reach students, but plant Gospel-centered churches in college towns. Our burden was heavy for healthy churches that understood the value, nature, dangers, and intricacies of the university and the towns they are in...

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