Samaritan Ministry

A Ministry to Persons with HIV/AIDS

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.

Wayne Smith, founder of Samaritan MinistrySamaritan 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. Our most robust support comes from our home church, Central Baptist Bearden, and from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. We seek to serve people, primarily in East Tennessee, who are living with HIV/AIDS through direct support and by way of our significant network of service providers. We are also involved in education and awareness programming in churches, jails and prisons, colleges and universities, and in other areas of the community. We are very conscious of the need for continued education and awareness about this ongoing global and domestic threat to mankind. We are committed to take every opportunity to advocate, teach, and otherwise seek support in this fight against HIV & AIDS. We are most concerned that Christians and churches respond appropriately to this epidemic with open arms and hearts, living out the model set for us by Jesus Christ.

Samaritan Ministry is a ministry of Central Baptist Church of Bearden.

Funding Partners

Beulah Baptist Church, Devereux, GA
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church
Central Baptist Church of Bearden, Knoxville, TN
Central Baptist Local Missions Committee
The City of Knoxville
Centers for Disease Control
 (Tennessee Department of Health)
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
East Tennessee AIDS Fund of the
East Tennessee Foundation
East Tennessee Human Resource Agency
The Equitas Group
FISH of Knox County
The MAC AIDS Fund
Tennessee CBF

Service Partners

Central Baptist Church of Bearden
Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church
Compassion Coalition
FOCUS Prison Ministries
Hope Center @ Ft. Sanders Hospital
Knox County Health Department / Centers of Excellence
Knox County Sheriff’s Department
Knoxville Utilities Board
Helen Ross McNabb Center
Magnolia Avenue United Methodist Church
Midway Rehabilitation
Positively Living
Smoky Mountain Lions Charities
Tennessee Department of Correction
West Knoxville Cooperative FISH Pantry & FISH of Knox County