Our History


In 1993, while serving as the assistant pastor to Dr. David Reagan at Trinity Baptist Temple, Pastor Napier was burdened for the people of the intercity of Knoxville Tennessee. After seeking the counsel of Pastor Reagan, Berea Baptist Church was started in a storefront in September 1993, as a mission outreach of Trinity Baptist Temple, 5709 N. Broadway, Knoxville, Tennessee. Pastor Napier, his wife, and three children began holding service in a small storefront on Western Avenue, while he continued to faithfully serve as Assistant Pastor to Dr. Reagan.


In May 1994, the congregation had grown to become an autonomous, independent, Baptist Church. Pastor Napier resigned his position at Trinity Baptist Temple and was commissioned with the blessings of his Pastor and sending church to organize Berea Baptist Church. God gave us souls for our labors, membership increased, and by January 1995 the Church had outgrown the storefront and began praying for a building located in our area of service.


In May 1995, God provided the means to purchase the building at 704 Washburn Road, Knoxville, Tennessee, located approximately 3 miles from downtown Knoxville. The church purchased the building and began its restoration. The ministry at Washburn Road flourished as the Lord added to the church, missionaries were sent out, a successful school was started, and multiple ministries were the result of this fruitful work.


By Spring 2007, it was apparent the Washburn Road facility could no longer meet the needs of the church. The leadership of the Church began to seek God’s will for a facility to support the Church and school needs.


In January 2008, Berea Baptist Church purchased a 23,000 square foot facility at 124 East Inskip Dr., Knoxville, Tennessee, meeting the Church’s present and long-term needs. After five months of renovation to the education wing, Berea Baptist Church moved into the building in May 2008, hosting a three-day building dedication with preaching, prayer, and praise.


With renovations completed in the Fall of 2012 and the Church is now meeting in the building's sanctuary on the upper floor of the building. The Church has one of the largest home education satellite programs in the state of Tennessee, on site education classes, a community outreach through neighborhood visitation, family helps ministry through our Homebuilders Class, and much more. We extend our invitation to you to come and be part of this Bible believing, Christ honoring work.