RIO Unity

RIO Unity Church

Our History​

In 2017, the RIO Network launched seven churches out of the RIO Advance campus in Blount County. One of these was RIO Unity under Pastor Andy Parker. At RIO Unity, service was held one night a week, and eventually outreach steps were taken through hosting Celebrate Recovery services.

 

 

In 2019, Unity moved to its own campus off Del Rose Ave. in Knoxville. While staying focused on sharing the gospel and loving the community, Pastor Andy acquired a church bus and immediately made the decision to travel to the local Karm shelter. This began a 3-year outreach of feeding and preaching the gospel to the un-won of the community. 

 

 

In June of 2023, Unity outgrew the 60-seat church and moved to a new building on Front St. in Maryville TN. In a building equipped with classrooms and double the capacity, the mission stayed the same : A house of freedom and a body Loving the Community + Serving GOD. June through October we saw a substantial amount of growth, not only in attendance, but in active members stepping into their calling and becoming leaders. In November, RIO Unity launched Sunday morning services, and attendance continued to grow. 

 

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In 2008, Tim and Jennifer McKee joined the RIO Network of churches at RIO East. While growing in the Lord, they immediately found a desire to help hurting people and jumped into ministry for the homeless. In 2013, they started what would become a 3-year prayer of being able to minister to the unwon youth in the county. The Lord answered that prayer in 2016 when they were offered the opportunity to become Chaplains in Blount Count, TN for the Juvenile Detention Facility. In 2021, while continuing to follow the Holy Spirit’s guidance, they left RIO East and joined RIO Advance where they served as Family Pastors. There, they oversaw and partnered with members of the church to grow multi-team ministries from nursery-age all the way through 25-year-old young adults. While still being part of the Family Pastor ministry, Jennifer took on the role as Children’s Pastor. In November of 2023, Tim and Jennifer took on the role of Campus Pastors for RIO Advance. 

 

The Parkers and McKees, sharing a similar vision and heart of  Loving the Community + Serving GOD, joined forces to Co-Pastor at the beginning of December 2023, bringing both churches together. 

RIO UNITY CHURCH

Loving the Community, Serving GOD

What We Believe

• We believe in one God, Creator of all things, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

•We believe in our Lord Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, His virgin birth, sinless life, divine miracles, vicarious and atoning death on the cross, bodily resurrection, ascension and exaltation, mediatorial work, and personal, imminent, and visible return in power and glory.

• We believe in God the Holy Spirit, who indwells all believers, enabling them to live holy lives and to witness and work for the Lord Jesus Christ despite opposition from the world, the flesh and Satan.

• We believe that the Holy Scriptures, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, were originally given by God, divinely inspired, without error, infallible, and are entirely trustworthy and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and practice.

• We believe that Adam and Eve, created in the image of God, were tempted by Satan, the god of this world, and fell; that their sin has passed to all people, who as a result are lost, are unable to save themselves from the wrath of God, and need to be saved.

• We believe that salvation is a gift of God to those who repent and personally believe in Jesus Christ; that it is accomplished by God’s grace through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ and regeneration by the Holy Spirit.

• We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they who are saved unto the resurrection of eternal life with God, they who are lost unto the resurrection of eternal condemnation separated from God.

• We believe in the spiritual unity of all true believers, the Universal Church, the Body of Christ.

• We believe that Christ commanded the Church to go into all the world and make disciples of all peoples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and teaching those who believe to obey all that Christ commanded.

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