Powell Church has long been a mission-driven community of faith. We take seriously Jesus’ call to love and serve our neighbors. Powell Church is also solidly committed to helping our neighbors in need right here in East Tennessee through efforts such as our food pantry, Highways and Byways, Morgan-Scott Project, Prison Fellowship and Angel Tree, and many more. These ministries, highlighted below, are also a great way to serve others and grow in your faith journey.

Food Pantry

Our food pantry has served over 2800 families in 2018 from the local communities. We are open Monday through Friday from 9am-10am, and the third Saturday of each month from 9am till 11am. For more information call the church office at 865-938-2741.

The Clothes Closet

Clothes Closet is back open and available every third Saturday of the month for those in need. If you would like to donate to this ministry, below is our current needs.

Donations to the Clothes Closet of casual Fall/Winter clothing are needed, as we transition to some cooler days. Boys and girls sizes 18 months to youth size jeans, pants, jackets and coats are needed. 

Also, children’s socks and underwear as follows:

Boy’s underwear 2T, 3T, 4T, 18-20
Boy’s socks all sizes toddler to teen
Girl’s underwear 2T, 3T
Girl’s socks all sizes toddler to teen

Casual clothing for adults is also being accepted. Small sized men’s clothing is especially needed. Donations can be brought to the church office during the week or at Guest Services in the Worship Center on Sunday mornings.


Operation Backyard provides free home repair services for low-income homeowners. Powell Church servants provide the work and homeowners with limited income receive much-needed home repairs. Servants experience the reward of helping those less fortunate than themselves, and find they have been ministered to as well. The entire community grows closer and stronger in the process.

Highways and By-Ways

Powell Church has been helping provide meals and much more to Knoxville’s homeless community since 2001. We also provide financial support, transportation, and encouragement to those who feel the world and the church has forgotten them. During the pandemic, Highways and Byways is providing a brown bag ministry every Thursday evening. Individuals or groups can assist by making sandwiches, assembling the bags, or handing out the bags.

Morgan Scott Project

Powell Church provides support to the Morgan Scott Project in Deer Lodge, Tennessee with financial contributions as well as collecting vegetable seeds each spring for their Good Earth Garden project. This project provides seeds and fertilizer to families that might not otherwise be able to afford to plant a vegetable garden. To learn more about the Morgan Scott Project, go to their website at

Holiday Basket Ministry

We provide Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets for families in our community that need a little help to provide a holiday meal for their family. This is a great opportunity for your family, small group, or Sunday School class to get involved.

Prison Fellowship Angel Tree Party

Each year we host a Christmas party for children in our community who have a parent or step-parent in prison. You can adopt an angel to provide two gifts for the child on behalf of their parent that is incarcerated. We also need lots of volunteers to make our party a success. The children get to have their picture taken with Santa, make crafts, play games, eat lots of food, and experience the love of Jesus. For more information, click HERE.

School Supplies

Our mission focus for July will be collecting school supplies for children in need in our community. Areas will include Powell Elementary School and families of our clothes closet and recovery ministries. If you would like to donate any of the items listed below, please drop them off at Guest Services or in the back of the sanctuary before August 12.

  • Children’s Fiskar blunt metal scissors
  • Small plastic school box (approx. 5X8)
  • Cloth zipper pencil pouch with holes to fit in binder 4 oz.
  • Elmer’s Glue
  • All school glue (Not washable or gel)
  • Small glue sticks 24 count
  • Crayola crayons
  • Lined 3 x 5 notecards
  • No. 2 pencils (solid colors)
  • Cap erasers
  • One-subject spiral notebooks
  • Wide ruled notebook paper
  • Highlighters
  • Band-Aids
  • Family size boxes of tissues
  • Baby wipes
  • Clorox wipes
  • Pump bottle of Hand Sanitizer
  • Zip Lock Bags
  • Any size Backpack

If you would like to donate or serve in any of these areas of ministry, please click the SERVE button below.

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