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.
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.
Case Management & Counseling
Jail & Prison Ministry
HIV Prevention Education & Testing
Hepatitis C (HCV) Prevention Education & Testing
HIV and HCV Awareness Seminars
HIV and HCV Materials Development & Distribution
Social & Family Support
Rent & Utility Rescue
Prescription Drug Assistance
Central Baptist Church of Bearden
Broadway CARES/ Equity Fights AIDS
Cedar Springs Presbyterian
Central Baptist Fountain City
The City of Knoxville
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
East Tennessee AIDS Fund
Helen Ross McNabb Center
Hope Center (Covenant Health)
MAC AIDS Fund
Tennessee Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
West Knox Cooperative Food Pantry (FISH)
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 4 grandchildren.
Brandi Major has been Ministry Assistant with Samaritan Ministry since 2014. She provides valuable part-time support. Brandi, her husband Scott, and two daughters live in Knoxville.
Samaritan Ministry has an annual budget of between $80,000 and $85,000. Much of our support comes from churches and church organization, private foundations, and from individual donors. We are very grateful to all of our financial partners.