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 18 years of successful ministry.
With over 40 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, 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 have two Children, and four Grandchildren!
In addition to their Pastoral responsibilities, Pastor Steve is a Published Author and 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!
You can contact Pastors Steve and Kelley Gardner at: PastorSteve@CtrCog.com
Pastor Mario Viera Rodríguez and his wife, Sister Ruth Agosto are the Associate Pastors of Christ the Rock Church of God. They have served the Lord for many years as pastors, evangelists, and teachers in Puerto Rico. His love for souls and the teaching of the word of God is tireless. He is a Spanish teacher and he studied at the Missionary Bible Institute of the Fuente de Salvacion Misionera Council, staying as a professor for 28 years until his transfer to Knoxville, TN."We are only servants of the Most High God, to Him be all the glory.
Contact Pastors Mario and Ruth at: PastorMario@CtrCog.com
Pastor Rob and Leah Rupnow have seved the Lord in Ministry for many years! Pastor Rob was brought up under the ministry of Pastor Steve Gardner in Wisconsin, and Leah is the Daughter of a Pastor, growing up in ministry! Together, they have a wonderful gifting and calling from the Lord to minister in Discipleship at CTR and the Community!
Contact Pastors Rob and Leah at: PastorRob@CtrCog.com
Bryan and Shipra Cote are devoted Followers of Jesus, with a heart for Evangelism! Bryan loves doing outreach and mentoring others in the ministry of Evangelism. His desire is to reach people with the life-saving Gospel of Jesus Christ and advancing the Kingdom of God!
Contact Pastors Bryan and Shipra at: PastorBryan@CtrCog.com
Trecia Todd serves CTR as our Ladies Ministries Director. She is the Daughter of a Pastor in the Church of God and has spent her life in the service and ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ! Her love and committment to the ladies of CTR is very obvious. She leads the ladies in times of study, fellowship, and ministry.
Contact Trecia at: TreciaTodd@CtrCog.com
Kelley Gardner is the First-Lady of CTR, the wife of Pastor Stephan Gardner. Along with her husband, she planted this church approximately 18 years ago! She attended Lee University and Northwest Bible College and studied Early Elementary Education. She serves CTR as the Director of Children's Ministries.
Contact Kelley at: KelleyG@CtrCog.com
Cay is a passionate Worshipper of Jesus Christ! Her love and passion comes through in the songs she leads and sings. She is an anointed Woman of God, who has a deep desire to lead people to the throne of God in worship! She brings to this position a variety of experience and talent. Besides singing, she plays the keyboard and guitar. She is married to her husband Jordan, and they have 2-beautiful children!
Contact Cay at: CayCate@CtrCog.com
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 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!
Now, the Lord has blessed us with yet another New Building! A bigger and better building, located at 7321 Bell Road, Knoxville, TN. 37918. This is truly a WONDERFUL BLESSING from the Lord to Christ the Rock Church of God! Come and begin to be a part of making OUR history YOUR history........YOU ARE WELCOME AT CTR!