Who We Are
Circle Assembly of God was founded in 1982 By Pastor John Lawson and the Haynes family at a prayer meeting. Sitting atop a hill on Rutledge Pike in Knoxville Tennesse, worshipers gather on Sundays and throughout the week striving to get closer to God.
It's 10:45AM on Sunday morning. You walk through the front doors of Circle Assembly of God and are greeted by smiling faces that are genuinely happy to see you. You feel something's different about this church. You find yourself a seat as the announcements of upcoming events and needs of the church are read. Tennie, the pastor's wife, gets in front of the congregation to get everyone amped for praise and worship. The Praise Team gets started and then you feel it. The presence of the Holy Spirit moving across the church. People coming forward to be prayed for, being filled with the Holy Spirit. Once the Praise Team finishes their portion of the service, Pastor John Lawson delivers a message divinely inspired by God. A message you feel that God had meant just for you. You leave the service feeling recharged, refreshed and renewed. Ready to start the week and face any obstacle the Devil would put in your way.
Circle Assembly of God is a member of the Assemblies of God denomination. We are a full Gospel church where we believe and practice the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. We contribute to and participate in missions and community outreach. We adhere to the tenets of the Assemblies of God and its mission.
The Four-Fold Mission of the Assemblies of God
1. Evangelize the lost 2. Worship God 3. Disciple believers 4. Show Compassion
" And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular." - 1 Corinthians 12:26-27
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is all about relationships; Relationships with God and relationships with the people that God loves so much that He sent His Son to save. The Bible is full of stories of how God used the relationships of normal people to accomplish His divine purposes. He still desires to do that today in and through all of us in the family of God. The Bible places our relationship with God as first priority.
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength" Luke 10:27
Jesus added the second great commandment is to "Love your neighbor as yourself" These truths will impact our daily walk with one another. Circle Assembly is not about a denomination or a building or a pastor or any other particular individual. Circle Assembly is a church fellowship and a "body" of believers. We are building new acquaintances and friendships, trusting the Holy Spirit to minister among us to bring edification, exhortation, and comfort.