It began with a few leaders at Grace Baptist Church in Knoxville TN. Pastor Trent and his father, Dr. Ron Stewart, were the catalyst for the birth of a new church in Blount County TN. The decision was made to begin the church as a satellite campus of Grace Baptist Knoxville in 2009. The church began meeting on Easter of 2009 at Maryville Christian School using video preaching from Grace Baptist Knoxville. A team from GB Knoxville began serving in leadership roles to begin the church.
In January 2010, Dr. Trent Stewart moved from GB to become the Lead Pastor at Foothills Church. The church transitioned from video teaching, to Pastor Trent preaching and leading Foothills as a new church plant. God blessed the church with growth and people coming to know Christ. Foothills successfully developed a leadership team of new partners to assume all ministry roles, which allowed the original Grace Baptist Knoxville leaders to return home.
On January 26th, 2011 FC purchased a facility in Maryville. The building formerly known as Thunderworld became the permanent location. Our first Sunday in the new building was February 27th 2011. Read more.
Grace Baptist Knoxville and Foothills Church have a great partnership and continue to cooperate together. As a church plant, Foothills Church functions as an autonomous church.
The vision is huge, and everyone must do his or her part. We work as a team to fulfill our mission and God is doing great and wonderful things. As Foothills Church grows we continue to press toward the goal of making disciples of Christ. We aren’t interested in playing church, we talk about real issues and help equip each other to follow Christ in every area of life.