Pastor Larry, Pastor Pat & Pastor Brent Freeman co-founded Pathways Church, and planning stages began.
July 14, 1996
Pathways Church made arrangements to meet at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Sevierville on Sunday mornings, and on July 14, 1996 held it’s Grand Opening Service. At that time, the Church averaged roughly 30 people each week.
Pathways Church moved services from the Seventh-Day Adventist Church to the brand-new Sevierville Civic Center. It was here that the church held services and grew for a period of 10 years, while seeking property for a permanent site.
April 20, 2003
Pathways Church announced it’s purchase first piece of property (10 acres), located off of Mechanics Way in Sevierville overlooking what would one day become Veterans Blvd. It was here that the church broke ground and erected a large white tent under which a service was held. However, no building was ever constructed here.
Pastor Brent became Lead Pastor of Pathways Church.
Pathways Church sold 5 Acres of the original 10 purchased, to downsize the property debt in hopes of building it’s first building.
May 21, 2006
Pathways agreed to swap the remaining 5 acres of land on the original site for 3.5 acres on what would one day become Veterans blvd. With that move, the Church now had 3.5 acres debt-free with 980 ft of road frontage. Because of this purchase, which was later sold for $1.3 million Pathways Church had the funds to purchase the land and build the original Sevierville campus building.
After holding services in multiple rental locations, and multiple property deals, Pathways Church began construction on the Sevierville Campus.
May 11, 2008
Pathways Church celebrated it’s grand opening of it’s first site in Sevierville, TN. At the time, this consisted of a single story metal building and a custom built double-wide trailer used primarily for the youth ministry at the time.
As attendance grew on Sunday mornings, a Second Sunday morning service was added to make more room.
May 10, 2009
Pathways Church celebrated the first Anniversary of the Sevierville Campus (only location at that time) with one unified service at the Miracle Theater (now the Smoky Mtn Opry). During that service Pastor Brent shared at the end of the month, Pathways would start a Saturday Night Service.
May 31, 2009
First Saturday night service was held (identical option to Sunday). This truly made Pathways a church with “options” for people to come to church.
May 3, 2010
The time came when not only was the services full but the double-wide trailer that was being utilized for the youth, children, young adult and other ministries was proving to be too small to handle the amount of teens and children attending Pathways. So on May 3, 2010 after that morning’s church services, the trailer was emptied and then removed from the site. The construction process for the Hangar, a space bigger than our main building was started.
Oct 29, 2010
At the end of October, the church held it’s ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Hangar.
March 30, 2011
Pathways Church was running out of space once again during the three weekly services, so an identical Wednesday night service was added to the weekly schedule once again giving people in Sevier county another opportunity to come to church.
May 8, 2011
Pathways Church celebrated the third Anniversary of the Sevierville Campus (only location at that time) with one unified service at the Palace Theater in Governor’s Crossing. During that service Pastor Brent shared that God was leading the Church to open a second location.
Oct 30, 2011
While the addition of the Wednesday night service opened up new opportunities for the church to grow, Sunday mornings were STILL full, so in an effort to add more seating, the auditorium was renovated. On the same afternoon as our annual “candy bash”, the auditorium was completely cleared following the morning services and work began on a new balcony. Before the following Wednesday, the gym floor of the Hangar was converted and equipped with audio, lighting & video equipment to house our normal services.
Nov 19, 2011
Following a Wednesday night service on Nov 16th, everything was removed from the Hangar and moved back into the main building. That following Saturday (Nov 19th), Services were once again held in the main auditorium with the addition of the balcony seating.
March 14, 2012
Pastor Brent announced that Pathways Church was in negotiations to open a second campus in South Knoxville, making Pathways Church One Church, with Two Locations.
Dec 26, 2012
Pathways Church closed the contract on the South Knoxville Campus.
January 1, 2013
Pathways Church began renovating an old Goody’s retail space which would later become the South Knoxville Campus of Pathways Church.
March 31, 2013
Pathways Church celebrated the Grand Opening of the South Knoxville Campus on Easter Sunday with two identical services. We saw over 500 people join us for worship in South Knoxville alone!
May 4, 2014
Pathways Church held a Unified Service at the Sevierville Convention Center, where both campuses came together. A special offering & campaign was started that day called “Drive to Greater Expectations”. This offering paid for five projects and to reduce the debt of the church.
September 3, 2014
After a major renovation, which required the closing of the the lobby & office area of the Sevierville Campus, an expanded second floor office area, larger lobby space & new outdoor playground were opened.
March 27, 2016
Pathways Church came together under one roof on Easter Sunday to celebrate the resurrection & what God has done in the life of the Church. 4,781 people came to Church & 238 people accepted Jesus Christ!
May 23, 2016
As attendance grew, the need arrived for larger seating capacity at the Sevierville Campus. After the Church took a one-time special offering, construction began on an expansion of the auditorium space.
September 3 – 4, 2016
As construction neared completion, and the auditorium was briefly unusable for services. Additional services were held at the Sevierville Civic Center (where the church met for 10 years), for one week while construction was completed.
September 7, 2016
The expanded Sevierville Auditorium reopened for services on Wednesday night with an additional 20 feet and 200 seat capacity per service.
Oct 1-8, 2017
For the first time in it’s History, Pathways Church held special Revivial services every night for one week, at both locations. As a result, 203 people gave their life to Christ.
December 3, 2017
In August, Pathways began a partnership with Grove Church in Greensboro, NC. After months as a partner Church, on December 3rd Grove Church voted to become part of the Pathways Church family. This formed the foundation of our third campus, Greensboro. While currently holding prelaunch services, we’re looking forward to the grand opening of this campus in 2018.
From humble beginnings, God has seen Pathways Church grow to a weekly average attendance of 2,500+ people. We believe greater days are ahead as we continue to influence Tennessee, North Carolina and beyond.