We believe there are two main functions of the body of Christ: out-reach and in-reach, which are represented in our logo. The arrows pointing outward of the logo represent out-reach… going out in the community and witnessing. The arrows pointing inward represent in-reach… making disciples through fellowship & service within the CEC community.

The colors of the logo represent:

  • Blue: Heaven
  • Gold: Son
  • Purple: Savior
  • Red: Blood
  • Green: Earth
  • Orange: Community

The colors, the shape, the meaning, all have come together to form “one body of Christ”. The cross that is formed in the negative space of the shapes represents Christ. Meaning, when Christ is not present, we are to represent him, showing others the Christ in us.

CEC has been commissioned to:

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
–Matthew 28:19


An official church meeting led to the charter and formation of Community Evangelistic Church. The founding minister was the Reverend Jarvis J. Ross.

The mission of Community Evangelistic Church emphasizes evangelizing the urban community and developing committed consistent disciples of Jesus Christ. CEC’s biblical philosophy is to reach the urban community and all people in a culturally relevant way by investing in their lives through social, educational, recreational, economic, and entertainment alternatives.

The first service of Community Evangelistic Church was held on November 26, 1989 in the facility of Greater Warner Tabernacle A.M.E. Zion Church, Knoxville, Tennessee. Since then CEC has traveled around Knoxville and worshipped at various locations that have made us who we are today.

Growth escalated and Community Evangelistic Church received its first official new members on Sunday, March 4, 1990, and continued to grow to thirty-three new members in their first year (November 26, 1989 – November 11, 1990).

The second year of Community Evangelistic Church ended and their third year began. While worshipping in the Moses Center, CEC was blessed to have ordained their first Elders and Deacons on March 11, 1990. Due to extreme heat conditions at the Moses Center, CEC then moved our worship to Austin East High School Auditorium.

On March 1992 The School of Ministry began. The leaders of the church then organized all major areas of ministry.

CEC began to establish itself as a “middle of the road” evangelical church. With a determination to prove itself as an established church through the acquisition of facilities, CEC liquidated the debt on their land and began the first phase of their building project by purchasing 22.4 acres of land located at our current place of worship.

On September 20, 1992, CEC broke ground for it’s new building. The church became stronger in faith and unity; then growth continued.

August 1993 the first phase of the building project began, and on November 21, 1993 CCEC dedicated their first two buildings. December 26, 1993, CEC held it’s first morning worship service in their new facility, currently known, as the multi-purpose building.

Indigenous urban outreach ministry began to manifest itself and the concept urban discipleship developed. The vision of the ministry was then defined: “To Take the Gospel in a Culturally Relevant Way to the Urban Community.” Racial reconciliation also became a vital part of church life and ministry, and because of the reconciled relationship between Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church and Community Evangelistic Church, a partnership developed.

Community and church dance celebrations also developed as a means of reaching the urban community in a culturally relevant way. All these things were done without changing the standard of the gospel, but focused on a flexible approach for reaching people based on I Corinthians 9:19-23.

19 Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.

Urban discipleship became a vital aspect of church life and ministry. CEC continued to be blessed and had a vision for the second phase of CEC. On February 8, 1998 Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church held a fundraiser banquet on behalf of CEC in order to communicate their needs so that others could help to. Because of that effort, CEC exceeded their financial goal. On Friday, August 4, 2000, CEC celebrated their first year of occupying the Christian Community Family Life Center, which was the second phase of the building project.

The results of the first phase and second phase were commitments to Christ and new active members in the church. CEC also realized that God had given them a platform to address community concerns to foster change within the community. The culminating event was CEC’s partnership with Knoxville Leadership Foundation. CEC is now proud to have been a part of the visionary success of “Community Place” – a mixed income housing subdivision – located adjacent to their property.

On Sunday, October 21st, 2001, the congregation voted to join the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, EPC.

Growth and many blessings have been bestowed upon CEC throughout our years as a body of Christ. We have witnessed to many and brought many to Christ. Our ultimate goal and vision is to extend the Gospel home and abroad beginning by “Helping our urban communities of greatest need from the inside out through the Gospel.”