St. Anne Orthodox Church Accessible

Knoxville / Oak Ridge , Tennessee

Founded 1998

Diocese: Diocese of the South

Deanery: Appalachian Deanery


560 Oak Ridge Turnpike
Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830-7164

Office: 865-482-0088

Parish Contacts

Home: 865-482-7043
Assistant Priest
Retired, Attached


General Location
St Anne’s is easy to reach, just 15 miles west of Knoxville, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

From I-40 / I-75
Take exit 376A off of I-40 onto 162 North/Oak Ridge (also known as the Pellissippi Parkway).  Continue on the Pellissippi Parkway about 6 miles through the town of Solway, following the signs for Oak Ridge.  (Route 162 becomes 62 after Solway, then S. Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge.)  After leaving Solway, stay in the center or left lane to avoid turning early.  As you come into Oak Ridge, make the first right you can (onto LaFayette Drive).  The Y-12 Federal Credit Union is on the right corner.  You will be on LaFayette for 1.5 miles, 4 traffic lights.  At the 4th light, intersection of LaFayette and Oak Ridge Turnpike, turn right.  The church is 1.5 miles on the turnpike, on the left.

The “Scenic Route”
This way is a little longer, but offers pretty views of Melton Lake and the greenery around it.  After driving through Solway (see above), make the right onto 170 East (Edgemoor Road).  In 2.5 miles you will come to a T-intersection with a traffic light.  Make the left onto Melton Lake Drive.  After 3.5 miles, make a left onto Oak Ridge Turnpike.  You will be on Oak Ridge Turnpike for 1.4 miles until you get to the church.  There is one traffic light (Arkansas Avenue) to go through before you will see the church on the right.

Schedule of Services

5:00 PM Great Vespers followed by Confessions.
Saturday Evening

9:30 AM Divine Liturgy. Sunday School at 11:00 AM.
Sunday Morning

6:30 PM Daily Vespers.  7:30 PM Class for Newcomers, Inquirers, and Catechumens.
Wednesday Evening

Confessions are heard following Saturday Vespers or by appointment with the priest.

For a complete list of upcoming services, please visit the Monthly Calendar on the parish website.

Parish Background

St Anne’s began formally in 1997 with the vision of a few Orthodox families and their commitment to pray and work for the establishment of an OCA mission in Knoxville.  With very occasional visits by clergy, they began to meet monthly in the fellowship hall of a Catholic Church for food, fellowship and prayers.  In February of 1998, St Anne’s began meeting on Sundays for Typica with continuing occasional visits by clergy for sacraments.  In March of 1998 we moved into rented facilities and gained yet more stability.  Stephen Freeman, with the blessing of Archbishop Dmitri under the direction of deanery clergy, provided pastoral care and leadership over the course of the mission’s first number of months.  Having completed the Late Vocations Program in September of 1998, he was ordained Deacon on November 15 at St Seraphim Cathedral in Dallas and was assigned to St Anne’s.

On March 27, 1999 Dn Stephen was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by His Eminence, Archbishop Dmitri.  The ordination service also included the ordination of Subdeacon John Cook to the Holy Diaconate, the tonsure of Jim (Brendan) Tilson as Reader, and the elevation of Fr Peter Smith of St Mary of Egypt in Norcross, GA to the rank of Archpriest.  St George Greek Orthodox Church, in Knoxville, through the gracious invitation of His Grace, Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta, was host for this wonderful event.

In April 2003 St. Anne moved to a beautiful building recently purchased and renovated. The building provides room for worship in a proper setting as well as offices, classrooms, bookstore and parish hall.

Recent additions to St Anne have included a number of families from Eastern Europe.  Our active adult membership is now over 100 and growing.  Growth in our community led us to seek larger facilities, resulting in the parish’s relocation to Oak Ridge.  We are excited about our ministry to the greater Knoxville area and the endless opportunities to proclaim the Gospel in the fullness of the Christian Tradition.