865-405-1000 ext. 827

Our approach to ending this epidemic is founded on principals of science, including harm reduction, and proven public health strategies.


Stigma, shame, and homophobia are the #1 drivers of the epidemic, especially in the South.


We were formed and founded upon the work and words of Jesus. it is Jesus who calls on us to care for the sick (Matt. 25: 31-45).


Samaritan Ministry provides a foundation of love and support that offers hope for a bright and healthy future.

Our Mission:

Our church should be a beacon of light and hope, by way of Christ, for anyone who suffers from or has family or friends who suffer from this disease.
Through Christ, we are also working to bring an end to this epidemic with HIV testing and prevention education. We recognize the importance of our engagement with the concurrent epidemics of Hepatitis C and the Opioid Crisis as they negatively impact the ongoing efforts to eliminate new HIV cases in our community.

About Us

Samaritan Ministry is a faith-based AIDS Service Organization that was founded in 1996. Wayne Smith is the Director of this ministry, which operates under the auspices of Central Baptist Church of Bearden in Knoxville, Tennessee. Samaritan Ministry is supported through a network of religious, secular not-for-profit, and governmental entities.

Latest News

What’s New in HIV?

The recent issue of Positively Aware outlines a modern view of HIV in 2024. Several of the major points include: Changing our language to provide less stigma and more caring. Continuation of efforts to modernize clinical trials to be more inclusive of women and...

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Samaritan Ministry

6300 Deane Hill Dr.
Knoxville, Tennessee 37919
(865) 450-1000 ext. 827


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