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The Center at Western Heights

At Western Heights Baptist Center it is our mission to meet the needs of all people—physical needs and most importantly, spiritual needs—by offering free food and clothing and household items and by teaching God’s Word and by introducing people to Jesus Christ!

Get Involved at Western Heights

We love our volunteers! Contact us if you can help with meals, food distribution, Bible Studies, tutoring, or special events like block parties or school supply distribution. We are grateful your interest in serving alongside us at Western Heights Baptist Center. You have the opportunity as you volunteer to extend the love and grace of our Savior!  Even if you don’t have the time that it takes to come into the center, there are many ways that you can invest in God’s work being done here! Please consider partnering with Western Heights …
… by supporting the Knox County Association of Baptists.
… by praying for the peole we serve—pray that they will be receptive to the Gospel.
… by getting involved in ministry projects of KCAB and Western Heights throughout the year.
… by organizing or participating in regular food drives. This in an urgent and ongoing need!
… by giving financial gifts to support our ministries. You may also designate your gift to the ministry of your choice, i.e. Market Day, Children’s Ministry or General Operations
… by conducting collections of toilet tissue, cleaning supplies and hygiene items.
… by using your personal contacts and resources to help us meet the needs of those who are struggling. You may know someone who has items of need that they are willing to donate.

After School Programs (kindergarten through high school students), 2:00–6:00 pm (hours vary by grade) Western Heights partners with
Just Lead ministry, whose mission is to raise up urban youth to love Jesus Christ and become effective leaders in their community.
Volunteer Opportunities include providing tutoring or transportation for field trips, as well as participating in small group bible study and worship.

Tuesday & Thursday
The Market (food and clothing) 9:00 am to Noon
Nearly 3,000 people each month are served in this area of ministry!
Volunteer Opportunities include readying bags for the food market, greeting and taking people through the food line, or helping with the clothing and household items closet.

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
Community Bible Study, 9:00 am to Noon
The gospel message of hope is shared in this community!
Volunteer Opportunities include leading Bible Study or preparing the meal (about 55 people)

Ministry Support

College Scholarships
We have dreamed of helping one of our kids go to college and God has allowed us to witness that dream come true.  Sixteen young people who have grown up at the Baptist Center are now in college!  We have established a scholarship fund to help other Western Heights kids follow in those footsteps.

School Supplies
The first week of August each year we celebrate our Back to School BASH with a distribution of school supplies to our kids.  We would be grateful if you could help us by donating supplies.  Contact us for a list.

Children’s Ministries

Our Children’s Ministries are thriving.  The WHBC Children’s Choir and other activities give our kids extra confidence in themselves and teach them that their strength is in the Lord.  We appreciate your support of this ministry.


Contact Us


Director, Shannon Washam   865-525-9068
Western Heights Baptist Center is located at 1230 West Scott Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37921
Directions: North on I-275 toward Lexington. Take the Oldham exit, turning left on Oldham.
At the 2nd stop sign (McSpadden), and turn left.
Turn right onto West Scott Avenue—the center is located at the top of the hill.
Office Hours: Monday–Thursday 8:00-4:00, Friday 8:00-Noon

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