Daily Times: Feed Your Faith gives large donation to Family Promise

(Originally Published in The Daily Times July 30, 2009 by reporter Joel Davis) — MARYVILLE, Tenn. — Local Christian charity Feed Your Faith has donated $14,277 to the new Family Promise of Blount County program. The money was raised at the Feed Your Faith Marriage Conference featuring actor Kirk Cameron at Sevier Heights Baptist Church on July 18.

Kirk Cameron speaks at the Feed Your Faith Marriage Conference

“Feed Your Faith was started to bring thought-provoking Christian speakers, authors and musicians to East Tennessee so we could raise money for those in need,” said founder Mike Williams. “Family Promise embodies everything we wanted to support with our ministry, and we’re pleased to know this event will continue to touch people’s lives through the marriage conference and the great things Family Promise of Blount County does right here in our community.”

The new Family Promise of Blount County program allows local churches to provide overnight accommodations and meals for homeless families on a rotating basis.

“We at Family Promise of Blount County are so grateful to Feed Your Faith and the ministry they are providing in East Tennessee,” Executive Director Mandy Stinnett Adkins said. “The generous donation will serve families in need in Blount County.”

Feed Your Faith is currently finalizing plans for a number of upcoming events including a major men’s conference and another concert event. All proceeds from Feed Your Faith events go to local charities. During the past three-and-a-half years, Feed Your Faith has raised tens of thousands of dollars for local charities including Compassion Coalition, Family Promise, School of Hope and Knox Area Rescue Ministries.

Cross-denominational mission

The local churches that have agreed to participate in the Family Promise network so far are Beech Grove Baptist Church, Carpenter’s Campground United Methodist Church, Fairview United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church-Maryville, First United Methodist Church of Maryville, Forest Hill Baptist Church, Friendsville First Baptist Church, Monte Vista Baptist Church, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, St. Paul Lutheran Church and Sycamore Tree United Methodist Church.

(L to R) Feed Your Faith co-director Rick Laney, Kirk Cameron and Feed Your Faith founder Mike Williams

There are several support churches, whose members have agreed to provide volunteers and other support to the program, as well: Alcoa First United Methodist Church, Bethel Baptist Church, Broadway United Methodist Church, Embassy Christian Center, Friendsville United Methodist Church, Highland Presbyterian Church, New Providence Presbyterian Church, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Peck’s Memorial United Methodist Church and St. John’s United Methodist Church.

Green Meadow United Methodist Church serves as the day center for the program, giving families a place to stay during the day while they look for housing and work. The day center provides a stable telephone number, mailing address and a base of operations for participants.

If 13 churches participated, each church would host from three to five families for a week each quarter. Budgets for each church would be between $200 and $250 each week.

The average stay for families in Family Promise programs nationwide is 52 days. Ideally, the families are in the program for no more than three months. The families are required to seek employment and housing. Failure to work toward independence means termination from the program. Families are referred to Family Promise through the school systems, social services and various nonprofit organizations.

To make a referral to Family Promise, community members can contact Family Promise at (865) 233-4737.

Copyright 2009 The Daily Times

Feed Your Faith brings FIREPROOF movie for FREE

(Originally posted Jan 28, 2009) – KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – To help celebrate the popular Knoxville radio station Love 89’s sixteenth anniversary, Feed Your Faith – a ministry that brings the best and brightest Christian writers, speakers and performing artists to East Tennessee while raising money for those in need – will have a FREE showing of the hit movie Fireproof at Northstar Church in Knoxville on Sunday, February 15, 2009.

In partnership with Cedar Springs Christian Bookstores, Love 89, Life 88.3 and Joy 620 radio stations, Feed Your Faith will conduct a series of FREE showings of the movie Fireproof starring Kirk Cameron throughout East Tennessee, beginning with the Love 89 showing on February 15.  Seating at Northstar Church is limited to 350 and all seats will be first-come, first-served.

The powerful movie Fireproof provides a wonderful opportunity for an inexpensive Valentine’s Day date for couples and offers up a fantastic message about the importance of marriage.  There will be door prizes, books and video tapes related to the Fireproof movie and a ticket giveaway to the Fireproof Your Marriage Conference this July.  Northstar Church is located at 10919 Carmichael Road in Knoxville and doors will open at 6 p.m. for the 7 p.m. showing.

All proceeds from the Fireproof Your Marriage Conference will go to the brand new Family Promise of Blount County.  Learn more about Family Promise at www.FamilyPromise.org.

Feed Your Faith is having the FREE movie showings of Fireproof to promote its next major event, the Fireproof Your Marriage Conference, which will take place this coming July.  Actor, author and evangelist Kirk Cameron, star of the popular 1980s sitcom Growing Pains and the 2008 hit movie Fireproof, will be Feed Your Faith’s guest at Sevier Heights Baptist Church in Knoxville on Saturday, July 18, 2009 to speak about the importance of a strong marriage.

Cameron and his wife, actress Chelsea Noble, have six children and have been married since 1991.  The couple starred together  in the Left Behind series of movies based on the New York Times best-selling books by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins.

These events are sponsored by Feed Your Faith, a Knoxville-based nonprofit group that raises money for those in need while helping Christians grow in their faith through guest speakers, authors and music groups.  Since its start in 2006, Feed Your Faith has raised tens of thousands of dollars for East Tennessee charities.

For more information about the FREE movie showings and the Kirk Cameron and Chelsea Noble marriage seminar at Sevier Heights Baptist Church in Knoxville, or to order tickets to the event, visit Feed Your Faith’s web site at www.FeedYourFaith.org .  Tickets to the Fireproof Your Marriage Conference are also available at all Cedar Springs Christian Bookstore locations.

Feed Your Faith, an East Tennessee ministry that brings Christian writers, speakers and performing artists to East Tennessee while raising money for those in need, is bringing Kirk Cameron’s Fireproof movie to Knox and Blount counties for FREE in coming months.

Feed Your Faith Welcomes Sanctus Real, needtobreathe and This Beautiful Republic

(Originally posted May 2007) —  On Friday night, May 4, we are pleased to present SANCTUS REAL in a one-night only performance brought to you by Feed Your Faith.  The concert will begin at 7 p.m. (doors will open at 6:30 p.m.) and a limited number of tickets are available.  The concert will be at High Praises Church at 1601 East Broadway Avenue in Maryville – just minutes from the new Pellissippi Parkway exit.  Tickets are $14 in advance, $16 the day of the concert.  Groups of 10 or more will pay just $12 per ticket and groups of 25 or more will pay just $10 per ticket.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see these Dove Award-winning artists perform in an intimate setting.  All seating is general admission, so plan to arrive early.  Don’t miss out, get your tickets today at www.FeedYourFaith.org.  All proceeds from this event go directly to The School of Hope.


Sanctus Real

LAST YEAR, MEMBERS OF THE DOVE AWARD-WINNING SANCTUS REAL discovered their greatest joy making and playing music together as the best of friends. Today, with the release of their third national record, The Face of Love, Sanctus Real comes of age, pressing forward to carry a compelling image of hope to an eager world. With this album, the four-member, Toledo, Ohio-based rock band is poised for 2006 to be its breakout year.

The Face of Love contains hard-hitting songs portraying universal themes of love, brokenness and the sometime elusive sense of God’s presence. Inspired by real-life heartache and rediscovered joy, the emotions behind each track are vulnerable and undisguised, making this album the bands most accessible project. Further, Sanctus Real members Matt Hammitt (lead vocals), Mark Graalman (drums), Chris Rohman (guitars) welcome newest addition Dan Gartley (bass), a protoge of producer Mark Townsend. Gartley replaces former bassist Steve Goodrum.

Enter producer Chris Stevens (tobyMac, Shawn McDonald), who helped the band channel its complex emotions into songwriting, their grief-stricken passion into powerful, emotive studio performances. The album’s opening confessional, I’m Not Alright, locates the singer in desperate human brokenness, requiring him to move closer to God for strength. Inspired by Brennan Mannings The Signature of Jesus, the albums title track, The Face of Love, became an unabashed anthem of unconditional love.

With The Face of Love, Modern Rock Album of the Year Winners Sanctus Real recognizes change throughout life is hard, even gut-wrenching. Yet it can finally usher empowering expectations. More to the point, death does not get the final word. Love does, and it happens every day, in a child’s birth, in deciding to press on searching for another chance – even in making music with your best friends. This is the hope to start again, and in them are images of love.


Feed Your Faith is a ministry started by Maryville resident Mike Williams.  The non-profit group brings well-known speakers, authors and performing artists to East Tennessee to help Christians grow in their faith while raising money to help local charities.  Past Feed Your Faith Events have raised thousands of dollars for organizations including the Second Harvest Food Bank, Knox Area Rescue Ministries and the Compassion Coalition. Last year, Rick Laney joined Mike Williams as a partner to promote and market the Feed Your Faith events.  Most recently, Feed Your Faith brought best-selling author Lee Strobel to Knoxville.  Feed Your Faith now partners with Cedar Springs Christian Bookstores, Love 89, Joy 62 and many local churches to extend the reach of this exciting ministry.


The mission of School of Hope is to share God’s love by equipping teenage parents, parents to be, and their children to meet the challenges of life through spiritual, parental, academic, and life skills education in a nurturing, nonjudgmental, loving environment. Students at the School of Hope meet for four hours a day, five days a week, and have to abide by an attendance policy. But the school provides much more than preparation for getting a GED. The School of Hope, a mission of Green Meadow United Methodist Church, helps teenagers develop life skills such as cooking, shopping, banking and parenting as well as eyeing the possibility of furthering their education after earning their GED. The underlying theme of the program is to educate the parents, academically and spiritually, so their children can have a better life. Teen pregnancies are a big factor in having a life of poverty, and The School of Hope is helping teen parents and their new children beat the odds.

For more information, visit www.FeedYourFaith.org