‘Answer to prayer’

Faith Promise Church finds new home, welcomes citizens to West End Center

  • Faith Promise Church Farragut members Dave and Daniella Rice informed community members about its location at Farragut High School during a recent Sunday. - Photos Submitted

  • Church leaders stand in front of their new West End Center location, which they expect to open Sunday, Nov. 1. From left are Student pastor Josh Webb, Children’s pastor Carrie Wrinn, Campus pastor Daniel Warren, Groups and Missions pastor Jeff Cochran and campus producer Beau Sison. - Photos Submitted

After meeting for three years in Farragut High School, Faith Promise Church members are ready to move into their more permanent location at 144 West End Ave. in Farragut’s West End Center, adjacent to the Goodwill store.

It will kick off that opening, scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 1, with a ribbon cutting hosted by Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce beginning at 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 30.

Finding the West End Center location was “just a miracle of God,” campus pastor Daniel Warren said. “We’ve been praying and searching and seeking a facility and (One Life Church) that we partner with said, ‘Hey, we are looking to give this lease up’ and it was an answer to prayer.

“We took over their lease; we’re remodeling and getting ready to open Nov. 1,” he added. On that day, “We’re going to have our Tricks and Treats event.

“We will have inflatables, candy for the kids and some fun elements in our worship center, as well. Just an amazing time for all ages and every part of the families,” Warren said.

“We’re very excited for our new facility because we want it to be an opportunity to be seen as a pillar in the community, and we want people to know we’re here for the long term,” he added. “We are here to love the people of Farragut and help them with whatever they need.”

Faith Promise Church, established in 1995, has five sites, which also includes its main campus at Pellissippi State Community College, as well as a Blount County, North Knoxville and Anderson County campuses.

Its Farragut campus has been portable at FHS for the past three years when that campus launched, Warren said, adding Carrie Wrinn, children’s pastor, was one 100 core volunteers who helped launch that campus.

“We would set up and tear down every Sunday and set up and tear down every Wednesday evening for our student ministry as well,” he said. “We’ve had a great relationship with the principals, especially Dr. (John) Bartlett. He’s been incredible, and we love being able to partner with the schools.”

“In fact we are opening up our facility to the schools to be used for things that they need because we want to continue to support and foster those relationships,” Warren added.

He noted a “burden for hurting and lost people” triggered the campus’ formation.

“One of our values, as a church, is we tell (people) of Him, and we want to make sure that we’re in a community that we’re trying to reach,” he said. “We don’t want people to feel like they have to come to us; we want to be accessible to them as much as possible, which means being in the community that we want to serve and love.”