Senior Pastor, Pastor Christopher R. Battle, Sr.
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    Pastor Christopher R. Battle, Sr.

Pastor Christopher R. Battle, Sr., is the Pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church.  He is married to the former Julia Tomma Buckner and they have fifteen children.  

His religious studies began in 1979 at Morehouse College of Atlanta, Georgia where he attained a B. A. Degree in Religion; and in 1983, his licensing took place at the Ebenezer 2nd Baptist Church, Cincinnati, Ohio.  Since that time, other academic studies and achievements include: Enrollment at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary of Louisville, Kentucky where he received a Master of Divinity Degree; Ordination Services were held at Massie Zion Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky; a Master of Arts Degree in Old Testament Studies from Cincinnati Bible College and Seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio; and is presently a Doctor of Ministry Candidate at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

In 1986, Pastor Battle began his pastorate at State Street Baptist Church in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  Other churches that he pastored were New Hope Baptist Church in Hackensack, New Jersey; Mount Olive Baptist Church, Cincinnati, Ohio, and New Creation Community Church of Cincinnati, Ohio.  Prior to coming to Knoxville, he also served as Assistant Pastor and Director of Christian Education at the New Prospect Baptist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio.

His professional experiences include serving as an Adjunct Professor at the Cincinnati Bible College and Seminary, the College of Mount Saint Joseph, and Northern Kentucky University;  Director of Minority Resources at the Cincinnati Bible College and Seminary; and as a Visiting Professor at the International Christian College of Manila.  He now serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Knoxville International Bible Institute and Covington Theological Seminary.

He currently serves as the Moderator of The Knoxville Baptist District Association.  He serves as the Vice President of the Knoxville Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance.  He is a former member of the Board of the Compassion Coalition.  He serves as an adjunct professor at Covington Theological Seminary and Knoxville Interdenominational Bible Institute.
He was a 2009 Knoxville Sphere Community Award recipient.  He has organized a regular clean up of the Oddfellows Cemetery, has led the Tabernacle Baptist Church in adopting Vine Middle School and has organized and raised funds that supplied a completely free trip to an Atlanta Braves game for 130 community children.  Pastor “B” is a leader, a visionary, a time giver, preacher and teacher.  There is no doubt that a man of his abilities and humility is destined to accomplish all that God has assigned to him with excellence.