“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,”
(Matthew 28:19).

Thus, the purpose of the church is to develop disciples. The purpose of the Presbytery of East Tennessee is to support this process. We have a spiritual mandate to follow Jesus’ calling to go forth and make disciples of all people.


CONNECT with one another in community: Identify and pursue opportunities to enhance the connectedness and corporate life of the Presbytery of East Tennessee, developing means of communication that will foster collegiality and trust and strengthen relationships among member congregations. This new sense of connection will open us to new visions and dreams as the Spirit leads.

SERVE our world in love, justice and peace: Promote mission participation across the Presbytery, including the evaluation of current mission endeavors and mission funding.

SUPPORT our churches, pastors and leaders: Support those who carry out ministry, education and mission in the Presbytery and its member congregations.

EQUIP children, youth and young adults for a life of discipleship through faith development and spiritual nurture.

Check out this video produced by the Serve Mission Team! Together in Mission

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In the Spotlight

Gatinburg Wildfire Response

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Pastors and lay members of churches in the Presbytery of East Tennessee gathered on Dec. 2 to develop our response to the disasterous fires in Gatlinburg.

Things to Know:

The Gatlinburg Presbyterian Church was largely untouched. Two years ago, GPC converted several rooms into dormitory space for visiting groups. This space will be occupied soon by “All Hands,” a non-profit that addresses immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters by engaging volunteers, partner organizations and local communities.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance will be involved in long-term relief efforts in the area. While the Red Cross handles immediate disaster relief, PDA stays until the work is complete. They anticipate at least 2 years of recovery efforts.

Click HERE for a one-page handout with additional information about how you and your congregation can help in the relief efforts. It can be used as a bulletin insert or email attachment, or posted to your website or Facebook page.

We will continue to provide updates as our response plans develop. Monitor the Presbytery's Facebook page for updates.