Our Mission

Where You Can Be Involved! 

Hope Central http://hopecentralknoxville.com/

Hope Central is an inner city ministry focused on a 50 block area of Knoxville bounded by Magnolia Avenue, Winona Street, Cherry Street, and Interstate-40.

  • Kingdom Kids is the largest and most active program that we participate in. In partnership with Emerald Youth foundation this Hope Central after school program is designed to provide a positive, encouraging environment for the children of this community to be a part of once their school day completes. They are offered tutoring and opportunity to have assistance in completing home work assignments. The program is currently being hosted at the Arlington facility because they have outgrown the Hope house that they started in. They have plans to relocate back in the neighborhood once they can find the right location.  Our outreach minister Tommy Drinnen is the full-time program director.   For more information contact Tommy and see their web site at
  • Hope Church is a church family that has grown out of the Kingdom Kids effort that is having a tremendous impact in the community. The relentless pursuit of knowing God and glorifying Him as well as strengthening the family unit is having a profound effect and continues to thrive. Tommy Drinnen is also leading this spiritual effort.  

Jail Ministry

Each Sunday morning, we send a team of men to preach and teach at the Knoxville Detention Center (county jail).  We consider it a real joy and privilege to share the love of Christ and the forgiveness found in Jesus to these incarcerated men.

Knoxville Marriage Initiativehttps://www.knoxvillemarriageinitiative.org/

A stable, healthy marriage is strongly linked to physical and emotional health and is a fundamental building block of a healthy community. However, Tennessee is one of ten states with the highest divorce rates, and broadly accessible programs for strengthening marriages have been nonexistent in Knoxville.

Statistically, 80-90% of couples seeking divorce never seek professional counseling, and by their second year of marriage, 50% of newlyweds seriously doubt their marriage will last. A majority of couples experiencing marital unhappiness can turn their marriage around with help from the right resources.

The Knoxville Marriage Initiative aims to grow a network of church and community organizations that provide effective and accessible relationship assistance to citizens of Knoxville and surrounding counties. We believe that church and community organizations can provide research-proven relationship assistance to help couples grow a strong, life-long marriage.

World English Institute (WEI) - http://www.weiady.org/

WEI is a global ministry getting the Gospel into every corner of the world. Led by Tom and Angela Langley, former Arlington missionaries in Romania, and a host of other churches. We at Arlington are partners in this ministry because of the strong emphasis on learning about God in the process of learning English.  More from their web site below.

"Activating Christians and Churches"

  • God is using WEI to get individuals and churches throughout America involved in missions. Mission-minded people are urged to go abroad on WEI follow up campaigns. Christians are urged to be correspondence missionaries, teaching WEI students through the internet and putting their students in touch with missionaries when they request baptism.
  • WEI also makes it possible for missionaries and their supporting churches to work together in reaping a spiritual harvest. The missionary runs an ad in a local newspaper offering a Free English Course, which draws upon the Bible for illustrations. Students are asked to send a letter in English to the address of the supporting church. Students who respond are taught by members of the congregation. When students complete their studies and request baptism, they are referred to the missionary for follow-up. In this way, missionaries and their supporting churches work together as a team to bear fruit for God.
  • The church has neither the manpower nor the funds to send missionaries to every city, town, and hamlet in the world. By using WEI as a tool, the church does have the manpower and the funds to sow the Seed in every nation under heaven.

Homeless Outreach

The Arlington Church is committed to reaching out to the poor, hurting, and homeless population of Knoxville.   Knoxville is blessed to have three downtown ministries devoted to assisting the homeless population on a full-time basis: Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM), Volunteer Ministry Center, and the Salvation Army.

  • We also encourage our members to donate unused clothing to KARM.  When you donate clothing, mention that you are part of the Arlington Church of Christ corners of the field ministry and the church will get credit.  Each quarter gift cards are sent to the church based upon the number of donations received that month.  We are able to give these cards to those in need.  We also encourage donations to Angelic Ministries which gives away clothing and furniture to the poor of Knoxville for no charge.  We encourage members to donate their time in sorting through the clothing and helping shoppers pick out clothing.
  • Each December we collect new or gently used socks to donate to KARM in memory of Zachery Heinz, the son of one of our members and young adult who died in a motorcycle accident.  He used to volunteer time at KARM.  We wrap the socks and include a candy cane and deliver them to the residents at KARM each Christmas. KARM Web site: http://karm.org/ Volunteer Ministry Center Web site- http://www.vmcinc.org/

The Village of Hope in Accra Ghana West Africa - http://www.thevillageofhope.com/