Our Story

Faith Lutheran Church held her first service on February 13, 1944, in the East Village Chapel on the Oak Ridge military reservation as a mission congregation of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. Many Lutherans had come to Oak Ridge with the top-secret Manhattan Project, designed to separate isotopes of uranium in production of the first atomic bomb. In 1949, the previously-closed military reservation was opened to the public and Faith Lutheran Church was incorporated in Tennessee. Our first building was completed in 1950 and still serves as our Fellowship Hall.

We remain proud members of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod and her Mid-South District. We subscribe to the Lutheran Confessions (as contained in the 1580 Book of Concord) because they are a complete and true exposition of scripture. 

To contact us, please see our contact information at the bottom of the page.

Front of church with tree

Our Pastors

A picture of Pastor Chase Lefort

Senior Pastor

Rev. Chase Lefort has served at Faith since graduating from Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne in 2022. Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, he attended university at College of Charleston in South Carolina.

A picture of Pastor George Smith

Associate Pastor

Rev. George Smith has served as a skilled plastic surgeon for decades in both military and civilian capacities. After attending Faith for many years, he was ordained into the Office of Holy Ministry in 2018 as a Special Ministries Pastor, and has served Faith in this capacity ever since. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army.