Antioch Baptist Church History

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Trinity Baptist Temple (later renamed Antioch Baptist Church) was founded on Sunday, February 20, 1972, by Dr. Luther E. Adkins during a business meeting held in a charter member’s home. Approximately 50 members from another church wanted to start a new work for the Lord because they had become disillusioned by ungodly and unbiblical practices in their former church that were not going to be resolved. By unanimous vote, the people present made Dr. Adkins the pastor and the first church service was held right after the business meeting. The very next week, the church started meeting at the Hamilton National Bank located on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway in Knoxville, TN. Approximately eight months later, the church moved to its present location at 5709 N. Broadway and held services in a six room dwelling house which was included in the purchase of the property.  The ground floor of the present building was finished in December 1974 and the second story in October 1978.

On November 6, 1983, the members under the leadership of Dr. Luther E. Adkins voted unanimously that David F. Reagan (then assistant pastor) would become pastor in the event of certain circumstances as set forth in a resolution written by Dr. Adkins. Bro. Reagan had proven himself to be called of God over and over again while in the church. He was called to preach in 1972, attended Bible Baptist College in Springfield, Missouri, from 1973 to 1976, and then in 1977 became acquainted with Dr. Adkins and began attending Trinity Baptist College & Seminary. Over the years he received a Bachelor’s Degree, a Master’s Degree and finally, a Doctor of Theology Degree from Trinity. Bro. Reagan led music for the church, was ordained October 7, 1980, became assistant pastor and worked under Dr. Adkins for seven years. Upon the death of Dr. Adkins in July 1985, Bro. David F. Reagan became pastor of Trinity Baptist Temple.

As of September 1, 1997, Trinity Baptist Temple was renamed Antioch Baptist Church. Numerous churches in the Knoxville area contained the name Trinity Baptist or Temple Baptist in their church name and because of such, many bills, reservations, phone calls, etc., were misdirected to the church and visa versa. But the main reason for the change to the particular name Antioch was the Biblical example set by the church at Antioch in the book of Acts.

Before Bro. Reagan's death on May 8, 2007, he had continued the ministry of the evening college (now called Scripture Baptist College) and the church became involved in multiple ministries. Today, there are five missionaries on foreign fields out of the church and several others planning to go. Also, the church is involved in church planting in Knoxville and other states in our own country. In addition, the church supports forty plus missionaries and/or missionary entities at home and abroad.

On May 13, 2007, just after the death of Bro. Reagan, the members voted unanimously that Andrew B. Ray (then assistant pastor) be called to be the third pastor of Antioch Baptist Church (also recommended by Bro. Reagan in an epistle to the church read the Sunday following his death). More to follow...

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 21:8

The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right.