Presbyterian Church USA and Cumberland Presbyterian Church Campus Ministry at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville
UKirk UTK is a 501(c)(3) not for profit ministry of the Presbytery of East Tennessee, the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church although students from many backgrounds are involved. At UKirk UTK we seek to be a “home away from home” and a ministry to the campus that welcomes all students regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation or denominational affiliation. We encourage students to stay connected to the larger Church while providing a kind of on campus “church” at which college students feel comfortable and can worship and serve. We are a place where students can feel free to kick back and be who God has made them to be. Whether you grew up in the church or you really aren’t too sure about this whole church and Jesus thing, UKirk UTK is a place where you can ask the tough questions, learn, share, experience, and grow within a community. UKirk UTK is a place where everyone belongs and students know they are loved by God and others.
We are located at 1831 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville TN, the big beautiful brick house right next to Presidential Courtyard. You’ve probably walked right past us a million times if you’ve gone to UTK for more than a month.
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 belong and experience the grace of God.
The Presbyterian Center is a historic house located just next to Presidential Courtyard. Our doors are open from 9 am until 11 pm Monday through Thursday and 9 am until 4 pm on Fridays during the school year for students to come by and hang out. We have lots of comfortable couches and places to just kick back, study, talk with your friends, watch TV, drink coffee, or even nap. A Presbyterian minister is available for counseling, hanging out, coffee, or even a free meal. We have a self serve coffee shop in the old living room of our house where we proudly serve Vienna Coffee Company coffee as well as tea and other hot drinks. This space is open to everyone on campus as a place to study, relax and hang out with friends.