865-405-1000 ext. 827


Our Mission

Our church should be a beacon of light and hope, by way of Christ, to 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.

Our Goals

To challenge the negative and judgmental attitudes that still exist toward people with HIV & AIDS.

To increase knowledge and understanding and decrease fear and misconceptions about HIV & AIDS.

To provide accurate information about HIV & AIDS.

To give practical and pastoral support to people living with HIV and their families.

To engage in prayerful dialogue with other churches, faith communities, and secular organizations.

Our Work


Case Management & Counseling

Jail & Prison Ministry


Food Ministry

HIV Prevention Education & Testing

Hepatitis C (HCV) Prevention Education & Testing

Nursing Seminars

HIV and HCV Awareness Seminars

HIV and HCV Materials Development & Distribution

Support Groups

Social & Family Support

Rent & Utility Rescue

Prescription Drug Assistance

Our Financial Partners

Central Baptist Church of Bearden

Broadway CARES/ Equity Fights AIDS

Cedar Springs Presbyterian

Central Baptist Fountain City

The City of Knoxville

East Tennessee AIDS Fund

Healthcare Advocates International

The Hofmann Foundation

Tennessee Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

West Knox Cooperative Food Pantry (FISH)

Our Staff
Wayne Smith
Wayne Smith is Founder and Director of Samaritan Ministry, which has been in operation since 1996. Wayne and his wife Laura live in Knoxville as do their two daughters and four grandchildren.
Troy Lowrie
Troy Lowrie began his work with Samaritan Ministry in 2022 as Ministry Assistant. He recently retired from AT&T after 35 years of service. He is a proud Graduate of Appalachian State University. He enjoys hiking, swimming, travel, volunteer opportunities, and spending time with family and friends. Troy is a big fan of the Tennessee VOLS and Appy State Mountaineers.
Our Budget

Samaritan Ministry has an annual budget of around $90,000. Our support comes from churches and church organizations, private foundations, and from individual donors. We are very grateful to all of our financial partners.

Samaritan Ministry

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


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