Halls Christian Church began as an idea in Freshman Missions Class at Johnson Bible College (now Johnson University) in 1978. Larry Woods had left a business career to go into the ministry and was a student in that class.
Several students began a visitation program in the Halls community of North Knox County because there was not a Christian Church north of Fountain City.
Approximately 50 people attended an interest meeting at the Halls Community Center on March 6, 1978. It was agreed that a church would be started. Four committees were established to plant the work.
After several months at the Community Center, the young church relocated to the Knox Federal Bank Building on Maynardville Highway, renting the facility for Sunday and Wednesday services.
With an attendance of 35 or so during the early years the decision was made to build a building. Property was secured on Norris Freeway and $100,000 in bonds was issued to finance that initial building.
Developers wanted the church property as part of the development of the Crossroads Plaza Shopping Center. They bought the property at a price allowing the church to retire the bond debt and purchase/build a facility at 4131 East Emory Road (currently the site of a Mynatt Funeral Home).
Because of the development of the shopping center, the congregation has had the freedom to aggressively support missions and benevolence work through the years.
With continued growth, a larger facility was needed. An opportunity arose when Salem Baptist Church built a new facility. The church was able to sell the property at 4131 East Emory Road and use the proceeds to obtain our current site at 4805 Fort Sumter Road. The facility and property provide room for future growth.
Our LORD truly works in mysterious ways.