Samaritan Ministry

An HIV Ministry in Knoxville, TN

Our Mission

Our church should be a beacon of light and hope for anyone who suffers from or has family or friends who suffer from this disease.


FaithWalk and Al Ichiki 5K a Success in 2015!

Thank you for making our Annual “FaithWalk and Al Ichiki 5K” faithwalk logo a great success on Saturday, December 12th.  We had a wonderful day including great weather and a great turnout.  We were delighted to have 10 members of the Ichiki family with us.  These family members traveled from Hawaii, California, and Nevada to be a part of the Walk, honoring their late brother and uncle, Dr. Al Ichiki.

Proceeds from our race benefit Samaritan Ministry, The National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS, and Smoky Mountain Lions Charities.

We also want to thank our many sponsors; helping with expenses and making sure that all went well on race day!




Tennessee Department of Health Issues Public Health Advisory for Hepatitis C

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On July 27th, the Tennessee Department of Health issued a Public Health Advisory concerning Hepatitis C. All Tennesseans must be concerned when, according to the Commissioner of Health, “In addition to reported cases of acute Hepatitis C it is estimated that more than 100,000 Tennesseans may be living with chronic Hepatitis C and not know it.” Please click here to read the Press Release.




Samaritan Ministry has been taking a leadership position in Tennessee regarding Hepatitis C. In addition to non-clinical HCV antibody testing since September of 2013, Samaritan Ministry has hosted training and community events to raise awareness about this important threat to public health.

What can you do?

Get tested. If you were born between 1945 and 1965 you are at risk, because tissue and blood donations were not properly screened during these years.
Get tested. If you have used drugs via injection or snorted drugs, you may be at risk.
Get tested. If you have tattoos that were done in a less that sterile environment, you may be at risk.
Pray. Many people faced with HCV infection are voiceless and powerless. They need your prayer so they can address addiction, seek help, and find compassionate and caring people to offer support.
Get involved. Call your state legislator and let them know of your concern. Our community needs the forces of our state government to address this epidemic.
Learn more. Connect with the Tennessee Department of Health using the links in the press release.

If you want a free, confidential, Hepatitis C test, contact Samaritan Ministry at


Samaritan Ministry supports FAITH Coalition Event

The FAITH Coalition is a community group made up of individuals from local agencies, churches and ministries dedicated to ending the AIDS epidemic in Knoxville. In June, the FAITH Coalition hosted an event called “Lift Every Voice: on Faith, Hope and Facing HIV/AIDS.” Samaritan Ministry is proud to be a part of the FAITH Coalition and sponsor their event.

Marvelyn Brown, author and HIV/AIDS activist shared her inspiring story. Samaritan Ministry worked with the Knox County Health Department to offer free HIV testing to those in attendance.

Here are a few pictures from the event:
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