The office of deacon as set forth in Scripture (Philippians 1:1; 1 Timothy 3:8-15) is one of sympathy, witness, and service after the example of Jesus Christ. Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, of exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, warm sympathies, and sound judgment should be chosen for this office.
At First Presbyterian Church, Knoxville, the Board of Deacons consists of thirty deacons who serve three year terms, and a youth deacon who serves a one year term. Click here for listing of Class members serving on the Board of Deacons.
The office of Deacon, like that of Elder, is ordained and perpetual. The Board of Deacons meet monthly, and may call special meetings when deemed needed by the Moderator.
The Board of Deacons is organized into three primary committees: Hospitality and Safety, New Member Recruitment and Assimilation, Fellowship Committee and Congregational Care.