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Bookwalter United Methodist Church
4218 Central Avenue Pike
Knoxville, TN  37912

  Office 865-689-3349
Fax 865-687-8010
"A grace place called to make disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of Knoxville, and Tennessee, and the world."
New Update: On September 16th, United Methodist Bishop Taylor released a statement allowing churches to move back to indoor in-person worship beginning September 20th.  We will continue to 'livestream' the service each week on the internet at bumclive.live
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In 1882 Louis Bookwalter felt God’s call to minister to a group of believers on the north side of Knoxville, Tennessee. Today, as a result of this first pastor following God’s leading, and because over the next 130 years, thousands of others committed themselves to the work of God, Bookwalter United Methodist Church is now an exciting, thriving community of believers.

Many of our members have been part of this church all of their lives—but there is also a growing group who have just recently discovered the warm loving Bookwalter family and become part of all that is happening here.

Less than five miles from downtown Knoxville, Bookwalter is at the junction of I-75 and I-640. Over 90,000 cars per day (almost thirty three million cars per year!) pass the church on I-75 and Central Avenue Pike.

A study showed that in a recent year, Bookwalter United Methodist Church impacted the lives of over 10,000 people in Knoxville and around the world.  We are involved in One Harvest Food Ministry and distribute to churches throughout much of East Tennessee.

Other programs and activities for children include Sunday school, children’s church, VBS, Wonderful Wednesdays, Super Summer Sunday Evenings, puppet programs, and others.  Our kids look forward to being in church.

Our youth have weekly programming, annual mission trips—including Washington DC in 2012—local outreach work, fund-raisers, and a multiplicity of “just plain fun” things to do.  Each January, our teens go to “Resurrection” in Gatlinburg—a gathering of over 12,000 (mostly United Methodist) youth from all around the country.

Monthly, between sixty and eighty senior adults from around the area meet here for the “Keenager” program and a catered meal. Several bus trips are planned for this group throughout the year.

Bookwalter has Sunday school classes for all ages, a growing music program, outside artists several times a year, and opportunities for everyone to grow closer to God and to each other.

Open hearts…open minds…open doors

Welcome Home!

Your Pastor,

Stephen K. Doyal


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