Our Story

How We Got Started

In 2007, Pastor Rodney felt God calling him to start a church. At the time he was on staff at Friendship Church in the Karns community and he saw something amazing happen – people multiplied their faith like crazy and what started as 19 people exponentially transformed into 200 people in just a couple of years.

After being a part of this Rodney, along with Friendship’s pastor Tim Addis, dreamed of one day seeing more churches like this in the Knoxville area – seeing churches where people far from God and far from the church could walk through the doors.

In 2008, this dream was given a name as OneLife Church – with the idea that every one life could make a difference. In 2009, what started as a launch team of 12 people grew into more than 150 people meeting at OneLife’s first service at Powell High School.

Igniting A Culture Of Multiplication

Pastor Rodney would go on to meet Pastor Dan Grider, who was in the process of forming the Ignite Church Planting Network. Dan spent the past 25 years leading and planting new churches. But more importantly than that, Dan’s bigger passion is seeing churches adopt a culture of making disciples like Jesus did.

Dan and Rodney would go on to help OneLife identify this discipleship culture that would lay the foundation for not only the next wave of growth at OneLife, but for new church plants starting all over the country.

Through this, OneLife would end up becoming the hub for the Ignite Church Network and within just a few years saw more than 50 churches come to be a part of it and helped start 3 new churches in the Knoxville area.

Multiplying Our Church

Over the next several years, OneLife continued to see God working by seeing life change happening where people live, work, and play all over East Tennessee.

In 2012 OneLife started a second location in the Halls community that would later move to East Knoxville and become OneLife’s East campus. OneLife’s North campus moved into its permanent home in the old Food City building in Powell, and later would send out a launch team to start OneLife’s West campus, which launched in Farragut in 2018. In 2021, the West Campus would end up transforming into its own autonomous church plant - furthering OneLife’s dream of starting like-minded church plants all around Knox County.

Right now a group of people is meeting in South Knoxville to launch OneLife's South campus with the dream of seeing God transform lives in that part of our city!

The Best Is Yet To Come!

God is definitely doing something very special through OneLife Church. It has been our prayer since the very beginning to see God do something so big that only HE could get the credit for it. And we believe we have seen just that! But we also believe that the best is still yet to come. And we can’t wait to see what that looks like!