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.


Where’s the Hope Center?

Since 1996, the Hope Center at Ft. Sanders Hospital, founded and led by Dr. Jeannie Gillian, has provided a wealth of support, education, and
referral services, to the HIV community in and around Knoxville. Lori

In 2015, the Hope Center is being re-imagined and updated. While the legacy of the Hope Center is, in any ways, a marker for care and compassion for those living with HIV in our community, times change and so must local agencies (including Samaritan Ministry).

We are honored to have been a supporter of the Hope Center for the past 19 years and certainly want that relationship to continue. We share the vision to END HIV in our lifetime. We are pleased to announce that Lori Gibbs, long time case manager at the Centers of Excellence in Knoxville, has taken on this new role as Hope Center coordinator. Lori brings a wealth of experience and a compassionate heart to this new role, and we couldn’t be happier. We are excited about the new possibilities for collaboration and growth with this new partner.


Faith Walk and Al Ichiki 5K, Knoxville Steps Up For HIV

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We are gearing up for our 4th edition of FaithWalk and Al Ichiki 5K, which will take place on Saturday, December 12th in Downtown Knoxville. We are delighted to have WBIR-TV’s Bill Williams as our honorary chairperson, and again we will be recognizing U.T. Researcher, Dr. Al Ichiki as our namesake.

FaithWalk is dedicated to raising awareness about HIV, reducing stigma, and spreading love. Won’t YOU step up for HIV?

We would love for you to be a SPONSOR (Click HERE to become a sponsor), a PARTICIPANT (register online here), or a volunteer for the event. Contact us at to volunteer.

Proceeds from FaithWalk will go toward supporting Samaritan Ministry and two of our partners, Smoky Mountain Lions Charities and FAITH Coalition.


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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