Our History & Leadership

Trinity Community Church (TCC) is a grace-based community of dedicated followers of Jesus. We share the mission of gathering those called into His kingdom. In our 50+ years of serving the Gospel, we have seen many saved by Jesus; and others reconnect with Christ and His church. In that time, we’ve cared for the poor, pioneered new ministries, trained leaders, equipped missionaries, and seen many doors open to share the gospel.

Our History

1970s
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1970s

Origins in the Charismatic Movement

Our history finds its roots in the Charismatic Movement when the Holy Spirit swept through Knoxville in the early 1970s. Many people previously involved in traditional churches came to a fuller understanding of the Holy Spirit and His gifts, including experiencing the gifts of the Spirit mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12 and Romans 12. As a result, a group of believers came together in 1974 to study Scripture and pray in one another’s homes. By January of 1975, they had outgrown these small spaces and began meeting at the Volunteers of America Chapel on Church Street.

1975
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1975

Founding Trinity Chapel

Soon God gave these believers a vision for a new church, one which was founded on the Scripture: “Who were born not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:13 ESV) In April of 1975, they officially chartered the then-named Trinity Chapel as a non-profit organization. By autumn of that same year, the church ordained Jack Wright, Charlie Riggs, Hugh Brashear, and Harold Rutherford as the first elders.

1976
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1976

Growth and a New Home

God continued to bless their efforts, and soon Trinity outgrew their first location. In August of 1976, they purchased a former Baptist church and moved into Trinity Chapel’s first official building, located on Deadrick Avenue.

Late 1970s to Early 1980s
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Late 1970s to Early 1980s

Leadership and Worship

In the early years, non-staff elders did the preaching. However, Trinity needed an official leader for this flock of believers. During this time, Pastors David Kithcart and Don Estes served as interim pastors successively and the Lord began to bless the church tremendously. People came from long distances, and on Sunday nights the sanctuary would be entirely full, with many people attending their usual church on Sunday morning and then worshiping at Trinity on Sunday night. Praise and worship was one of the church’s distinctive characteristics and remains so to this day.

1984-2011
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1984-2011

Pastor Fatow's Era

In April of 1984, Steve Fatow accepted the Lead Pastor’s position and served in that role for 27 years. In addition to leading the church, Steve’s work with evangelistic crusades in dozens of nations led to untold thousands of people coming to salvation through Jesus. Many people were saved, introduced to the power of the Holy Spirit, delivered, and healed during those years in the Deadrick Avenue building. Although Trinity planted several churches in the area, still the church continued to grow, eventually needing to relocate to a larger building.

2000-2001
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2000-2001

The Haynes Sterchi Move

After looking into many possible locations, the church discovered forty-seven acres of land on Haynes Sterchi Road—but it was not for sale. Jack Wright visited the owner and, after a bit of negotiating (and God’s great urging!), the owner decided to sell it to Trinity for a drastically reduced rate. The building construction began in October of 2000, and Trinity held its first service in the new building on Sunday, December 9th of 2001. Besides serving as a home for weekly services, the facility was also home to Trinity College of Ministry (an accredited Bible College) and Trinity Christian Academy (a homeschool cooperative) as well as many community outreaches.

2011
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2011

Leadership Transition

In 2011, Steve Fatow stepped down as lead pastor, and remains a dear friend to our community while he continues his local and global ministry, enriching churches worldwide with his God-given gifts. That same year, Trinity welcomed Neil Silverberg into the position of lead pastor, and he served the church in that role until 2016. Neil and his wife Shelly brought many years of ministry and leadership experience, authentic love for people, and excellent teaching ministry to Trinity Chapel.

2014-2015
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2014-2015

New Direction and Name

During Neil’s tenure, the church came to understand the need to adjust their approach to equipping the saints and reaching the lost. In January 2014, they introduced a new name—Trinity Community Church—as a reflection of their updated vision for reaching people with the gospel and building authentic Christian community. The church concluded that one way to better minister to the community and the nations was to sell their large building and eliminate their debt. In 2015 they moved into their current location, a beautifully renovated, rented warehouse space. This location allowed the church to use their finances to better reach the community instead of focusing on the expenses of maintaining a building.

2016-Present
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2016-Present

A New Chapter

As Neil moved into broader church ministry across the country and the nations, the church welcomed Tyler Lynde as the new Lead Pastor in 2016. Tyler, his wife Amy, and their family brought a wonderful balance of vision and care for the church and a refreshing emphasis on family ministry. To this day, Tyler leads the Elder team toward their goal of being a grace-based, Spirit-empowered, outward-focused church.

We invite you to come along with us as God writes the next chapter of Trinity Community Church. The last 50 years have been amazing, but we believe God’s finest hours for us still lie ahead.

Our Leadership Team

Elder Team

At Trinity Community Church, we take our cue from the Bible in all matters of faith and practice. Church leadership isn’t excluded from the test of Scripture. In the Old Testament, God called individual men and women to lead His people. This changed with the coming of Jesus Christ and the birth of His Church when He called out twelve men to whom He entrusted His Church, establishing a plurality in leadership.

Of the 18 times church leadership is mentioned after Christ’s ascension, 15 denote plurality, and the other three are viewed in light of a plural context. From the birth of the Church in Acts, church leadership is placed in the hands of a group of overseers or elders throughout its growth. These elders are a group of men called by God for four major purposes:

  1. To know the people of the church.
  2. To lead the church with grace and truth.
  3. To feed the church through Spirit-filled, biblical teaching.
  4. To protect the church from false teaching.

The elders of TCC desire to fulfill the same task given to the early church leaders. They also work hard to carry out the calling for our church, and not forgetting our history and what the Lord has done for us, but always looking to the future to where the Lord is calling our church to serve. 

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Tyler Lynde

Lead Pastor
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Mark Medley

Missions/Discipleship Pastor
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Kelly Kinder

Teaching Pastor
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Derrick Overholt

Executive Pastor
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Scott Wiens

Teaching Pastor
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John Graner

Family Pastor

Office Support Team

The TCC staff are the ones who make things happen! They actively engage behind the scenes to provide each ministry with what it needs to be effective in helping people belong, grow, and serve.

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Tricia Holbert

Office Administrator
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Mona Porterfield

Outreach Coordinator
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Mackenzie Lieser

Office Support
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Derrick Overholt

Office Coordinator
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Amy Huckwell

Accountant
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Matthew Atchley

Facilities and Grounds Maintenance
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Brooke Medley

Office Support
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Hannah Silverberg

Office Support

Accountability

TCC leadership believes in proactive accountability. This includes such things as detailed ministry protocols, third-party financial management, and an oversight team that serves the church to help support, guide, and hold accountable our church’s leadership team. If you ever have any questions regarding our leadership or how we use funds given to the church, please reach out, and we will gladly provide more details.

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6706 Central Avenue Pike
Knoxville Tennessee 37912
United States

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