By Ralphine Major

In the eighties, it was our church home.  I filled in a few weeks for the church organist who had broken her arm and decided to stay when she returned.  Sometimes, I think of all the treasured friendships our family would have missed had we not joined in worship at Union.

The traditional structure with an updated look is a landmark along Washington Pike.  This year marks the church’s 175th Anniversary!  To celebrate its history, several guest speakers who have had leadership roles through the decades are helping to fill the pulpit.  The church continues to thrive, and now the membership is investing in the community’s youngest in a marvelous way.  Construction is underway for a Child Enrichment Center (CEC), a ministry of Union Baptist operated on a non-profit basis.  Its scheduled opening is August 2018.

Upcoming events include a Revival on May 20 with Scott Smith, Youth vs. Adults Softball Game at 6:30 on June 3, Kids U Day on June 24, and a Patriotic Service on July 1.

On August 5, the church will celebrate with a special Homecoming Service.  Rev. John Thomerson will bring the message, and Ron Tilley will lead worship.  All former worship leaders and choir members are welcome to sing in the Reunion Choir.  Join Pastor Craig Cummings and the congregation at Union Baptist Church in northeast Knox County, 6701 Washington Pike, Knoxville, Tennessee, as they work to carry out their mission: Love, Grow, Serve.  Morning worship begins at 10:30 a.m.  For more information, visit