A CHURCH WHO LOVES KNOXVILLE
What should I expect at Wallace?
Guests should look for our "Starting Point" tent and cones in the parking lot for priority parking. Inside, our Starting Point area and team will be glad to answer any questions and help in any way they can!
We offer two different services on Sunday mornings. Our Choir/Orchestra Worship Service begins at 9:30AM and our Band Led Worship Service begins at 11AM. The same message by Pastor John is preached in person at both services.
Come as you are! We have members who wear suits, while others wear jeans and t-shirts.
Dr. John Green's messages each week are biblically centered, thought provoking, and challenging.
Wallace will provide you with a place to:
LOVE GOD: Our worship services, connect classes, catalyst classes, and other activities provide our members and guests tons of opportunities to grow in their relationship with the Lord.
LOVE COMMUNITY: Wallace has a heart for reaching our community and meeting their needs through a variety of outreach events, activities, and programs throughout the year.
LOVE WORLD: We're on mission to take the good news of the gospel to the ends of the earth. Our members have the opportunity to go and share Jesus with people across the country and around the world.
WHO WE ARE
BE DISCIPLES. MAKE DISCIPLES.
Wallace Memorial Baptist Church subscribes to the theology of The Baptist Faith and Message (BF&M) 2000 adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention. Click the link below to learn more about the BF&M and other entities of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Dr. John Green
Worship & Music Pastor
College & Young Adult Pastor
Dr. Chad Crawford
Creative Arts &
Children & Families Pastor
Pastoral Care &
Sr. Adult/Boomers Pastor
Discipleship & Leadership Development Pastor
Weekday Ministries Director
Business Office Manager
A Brief History of Wallace Memorial Baptist Church
On Sunday morning, September 21, 1952, under the leadership of the missions committee of Arlington Baptist Church, the first service of the Clinton Highway Baptist Chapel was conducted in the Tillery Theater on Clinton Highway with 73 people present.
On July 6, 1953, in the afternoon following the first service in the new location, the church was duly constituted, adopting the name Wallace Memorial Baptist Church in honor of Dr. William Lindsay Wallace, medical missionary to China for 17 years until his death at the hands of the Communists in 1951.
In 1964, Wallace's pastor at the time, Dr. Jim McCluskey (far right in photo), and a team from Wallace Memorial Baptist Church planted Cumberland Baptist Church in order to reach the Cumberland Estates community.
In 1988, as the church began to plan the construction of a new worship center, the idea grew to have an illuminated cross that would be high enough to be seen from nearby Interstate 75. The entire tower was designed with a stained glass front that would extend to the cross itself. The cross was erected on Sunday morning, October 7, 1990, as a part of the worship service of Wallace Memorial.
On November 15, 2015 after a five month period of prayer and teaching, Cumberland Baptist Church voted with a strong majority of 85% to dissolve its charter and become part of the Wallace Memorial Baptist family of faith through the Legacy Church Planting strategy.
In July 2017, Wallace voted unanimously to name Dr. John Green IV as the fourth Lead Pastor in the history of Wallace Memorial Baptist Church.
Previous Lead Pastors:
Rev. AW Parker (1953-1958)
Dr. Jim McCluskey (1959-1996)
Dr. Mike Boyd (1997-2016)