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Everyone is welcome.

UKirk (meaning “University Church”) is a 501(c)(3), not for profit, network of ministries supported by the Presbyterian Church (USA). We are charged with reaching, loving, and teaching college students so they may be lifelong followers of Jesus Christ. At UKirk UTK, we believe that every person, without qualification, should have the opportunity for God’s amazing love to be made known to them. We believe what God intends for the world is a reality in which people recognize God’s image in the other and value diversity of perspective, race, class, gender, sexual orientation, ideological and political beliefs, or any other point of contention or division in our society. We believe all people are invited to Christ’s table, not to fit in, but rather to bring their honest, authentic, and, at times, broken selves to experience the grace of God. We hope you’ll stop by and give us an opportunity to extend a warm welcome. Whether you’re a freshman or non-traditional student, Presbyterian or not Presbyterian, you’re invited.

  • Acceptance

    Be you.

  • Support

    Let us help.

  • Sense of Humor

    We try.

  • Pop Culture


Please see the calendar for changes in times and topics.

Wednesdays at 7 p.m. We gather as a group for dinner, conversation, a time of worship and reflection, communication and fellowship.

Seminary Light

Mondays at 12:30 p.m. Join us for free (vegetarian-friendly) lunch and discussion about challenging theological topics in a relaxed environment.


If you have a green thumb, then help support our efforts to grow and donate fresh, local produce to those with food insecurity in the area.


A Place to Be. Come enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in a warm, welcoming environment.

Need somewhere to park for Tennessee Vols football and Basketball games?

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We welcome financial support. In fact, we need it. Please consider a donation.

UKIrk staff and board of directors

Rev. Rachel Penmore
Rev. Rachel Penmore
Campus Minister
Rachel Penmore was born in Jacksonville, Florida and grew up in the Presbyterian church. She received her B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from Queens University and her M.Div from San Francisco Theological Seminary. She has served in many different ministry contexts including Yellowstone national park, Travis Airforce Base, and Carolina’s medical center. Rachel is passionate about the church and creating gathering places where faith is explored, challenged and grown. In her free time, Rachel enjoys hiking, climbing, kayaking, and any chance to be outdoors with her husband John and their crazy dog, Frank.
Jaclyn Beeler
Jaclyn Beeler
Communications Coordinator
Jaclyn Beeler is a native of Smyrna, Tennessee, and a lifelong Presbyterian. She holds a degree in Christian Leadership and Ministry from Williamson Christian College and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of Tennessee Knoxville.
Board of Directors
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors, along with the pastor/director meet once every month, either as a full board or in committee. The Board of Directors is made up of pastors and lay persons from Knoxville, Maryville, and Oak Ridge PC(USA) churches who feel called to serve on the college campus.

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