Here is a partial update on churches in the east-Tennessee area near Gatlinburn, Sevierville, and Pigeon Forge where the wildfire has damaged so much of the area. We encourage you to please pray for the people there. Several of their buildings have been damaged or completely destroyed and, of course, members of the churches have had property and homes destroyed as well. We have recieved updates via phone calls, Facebook posts, and news.
Some churches whose buildings have not been burned down or damaged are offering shelter, food, and first aid to those in need in the area. Please share this post to spread the word on their situation so that people can pray for them.
We will continue to update this list as we receive more information. Please post information not included on this page here.
Gatlinburg Church of Christ burned down. But had services this past Sunday at a temporary location. Here is an update from Dale Jenkins, of the Spring Meadows Church of Christ in Spring Hill, TN.
I got a message from Rod Rutherford, the preacher at the Gatlinburg Church of Christ:
“Please spread the word. The Gatlinburg church building burned down but the church is alive and well. We have leased a building which will be our home until we have our own building on our property rebuilt. The new location is 109 West Ogle St, opposite the Little House of Pancakes on Highway 321, Gatlinburg. This Lord’s Day, we will have Bible classes at 9:30am and worship services at 10:30am and 6 pm. We are grateful for the generosity of our brethren and the Lord’s abundant blessings.”
Banner Missionary Baptist Church: destroyed source
First Baptist Church of Gatlinburg: church building intact, but youth building destroyed; church’s Facebook page says to “please continue to pray for our service personnel still working the fires.”
Liberty Baptist Church in Wears Valley: not damaged. Providing shelter for those in need of a place to sleep, food.
High Places Church in Oak Ridge: not damaged.
Outreach Church in Oneida: not damaged.
New Hope Church of God: not damaged – Located in Sevierville, TN is collecting donations for local people in need after the fire. The church will be staffed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. Their phone number is (865) 932-4673.
Freedom House Churchin Gatlinburg: undamaged
Iglesia Cristiana LaDuz De Jesus: undamaged – providing shelter for those in need of a place to sleep, food.
Roaring Fork Baptist Church: destroyed; church’s website said it is accepting donations and “thank you for all your prayers.”
Chapel at the Park: undamaged; according to its website the building was “on the end of town that was not effected by the fire.”
Christ in the Smokies Museum and Gardens: undamaged