What is a Nazarene?

KFCN (Knoxville First Church of the Nazarene) is part of a larger body of believers called The Church of the Nazarene.  While we get our name from Jesus of Nazareth, you might be asking what in the world is a modern-day Nazarene?

We are not United Methodists, although we have our roots in the Methodist tradition that grew out of John Wesley's revival movement in the 1700's.  We have good felowship with our United Methodist "cousins," but we are organizationally separate.
We are not Baptists, but like the Baptists, we believe in calling people to repentance and witnessing to their new life in Christ through public baptism.

We are not Presbyterians, but like the Presbyterians, we believe in the power of preaching of the Word of God to bring about change in people's lives.

We are not Lutherans, but like the Lutherans, we believe in salvation through Jesus Christ on the authority of Scripture alone, in salvation by faith alone, and in salvation as a gift of God's grace alone.

We are not Pentecostals, but like the Pentecostals, we believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit:  A second definite work of grace that gives people the power to live a Christ-like life for making a real difference in their world.

We are not Episcopalians, although John Wesley was a lifelong Angelican - but like the Episcopalians, we take worship seriously (we just choose to be a little less "formal" in our worship services).

We are not Quakers or Moravians, but like these devout groups, we believe in living a careful life that testifies to the watching world that we belong to the Family of God.

We are a warm and friendly group of believers in and disciples of Jesus Christ.
We desire, with God's help, to live holy lives that bring honor and glory to Him.  In three words, our theology is "JESUS IS LORD!"  We look to the Bible as our primary source for direction in our worship and our lifestyles.

At KFCN....

We laugh and cry together, rejoice and grieve together,

grow together and walk in faith together. 

We aim to be a family for all who love Jesus, the NAZARENE.

We are honored to take our place among those who are called Christians.


We give people opportunities to put their faith into action

through various avenues of service.

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 32063
Knoxville, TN 37930


Physical Address:

538 Vanosdale Rd
Knoxville, Tennessee 37909