In 2004, Pastor Steve and Kelley felt the call of God to move from their pastorate of 14 years in Milwaukee, WI and plant CTR Church. Founded upon the vision of Matthew 16, Christ the Rock Church is now celebrating 14 years of successful ministry.
In 33 years of ministry, Pastor Steve and Kelley have served in various positions, specializing in Pastoral restoration and ministry development. Pastor Steve studied at Northwest Bible College, the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and most recently, at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary. Kelly studied at Lee University and Northwest Bible College.
Pastor Steve and Kelley recently celebrated the addition of a new title, Grandparents, with the birth of their grandson, Emmanuel, Jr.
In addition to their Pastoral responsibilities, Pastor Steve also heads up Reclamation Ministries, a ministry dedicated to the purpose of leading people in the Last Days outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and in the renewal of the leadership of the Body of Christ! To find out more about Reclamation Ministries, please visit that website by CLICKING HERE!
Worship Pastor & Finance Education Minister
Pastor John and Rebecca have been with CTR Church since July 2007. Serving in various positions, Pastor John now leads the Worship and Finance ministries. Pastor John and Rebecca both studied at Lee University.
Pastor John passionately teaches financial education and partners with numerous non-profit organizations. As a certified financial counselor, he offers individual and group classes on budgeting, credit building and retirement planning. As the Worship Pastor, John leads the congregation every Sunday.
What We Believe
Christ the Rock Church of God is a church that is formulated and exists upon the foundation of Jesus Christ as described in Matthew 16:13-19. Our church is made up of Followers of Jesus, who are committed to advancing the Kingdom of God, and living life in such a manner so as to honor the Lord Jesus Christ!
Because the life of a Follower of Jesus is a formative process, the following “keys” will be how we will fulfill the Vision the Lord has given us:
With these items in place, we seek to fulfill the vision the Lord has given us, and to become that Church Jesus described in Matthew 16 as a “Christ-Exalting; Holy Spirit-Empowered force; “that the gates of hell cannot resist” for the city of Knoxville and its surrounding communities!
Christ the Rock Church of God began September 12, 2004 in the living room of our Pastors, Steve and Kelley Gardner. Shortly thereafter, we moved into the Disabled American Veteran's building in Fountain City. In 2006, the Lord blessed us with a new building!
In 2006, we moved into our new and current building at 4306 Washington Pike in Knoxville Tennessee! Since that time, we have been seeking ways to reach our community with the love and power of the Lord Jesus Christ and His message!