A Quick History
Terrace House was purchased in 1980 through the vision of Harold and Beverly Duckett, the Knoxville First Seventh-day Adventist Church, and the Georgia-Cumberland Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. The house belonged to Dr. Ira Chiles, a university professor. Dr. Chiles often provided housing for worthy students and had stipulated that the house continue to be used to serve the needs of students.
Now known as Advent House, this ministry has been a sponsor of the Veritas Forum at UT which “seeks to explore the possibility of truth, beauty and goodness in every aspect of our academic and personal lives…” In the past, Advent House has also been part of other campus programs such as “The Theist Club” which former chaplain Ron Pickell spearheaded along with two other campus chaplains. Advent House hosted the weekly discussion group which was attended by students and staff from a variety of religious backgrounds.
Through the years, chaplains of Advent House have been members of the Campus Ministers Council at UT, growing in an understanding of the relationship between ministries and the larger university community. Building these campus connections has been integral to Advent House’ ability to be (and desire to remain) a place where any student can feel welcomed, as the chaplains lead by example.
The Mission of Advent House is to:
- Extend the ministry presence of the Seventh-day Adventist Church to the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville
- Provide a comfortable, supportive gathering place for students
- Provide low cost housing & leadership opportunities for house residents
- Support the Adventist Christian Fellowship mission statement
- Belonging to a community
- Believing in an unbelievably loving God
- Becoming a messenger of that love to others
We desire to see each student maturing in their faith, ministering to the needs of others, being involved in mission and exploring leadership opportunities.
Our Daily Routine
Conveniently located on campus at 1918 Terrace Avenue (behind Reese Hall), Advent House it is a place to meet friends, study between classes, attend a Bible study, enjoy a home-cooked meal, seek guidance or counsel, or just hang out and take a nap during a free hour. The residency program exists at Advent House to provide low-cost housing and leadership opportunities. Residents are asked to support the ministry of ACF through regular attendance at events, helping to keep the house in good order and welcoming those who come to the house at any time.
Seventh-day Adventists believe in a Creator God who desires to have a personal relationship with each of us. Sin resulted in a separation in this relationship and God provided a way to restore it through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God’s Son who lived as a human and took the death penalty of sin on himself in our place.
It is by believing and trusting in Jesus and His sacrifice that humans are saved. God desires to walk with us on a journey to growing and maturing as a believer, experiencing an ever-deepening trust in Him.
Adventists believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God, that prayer is two-way communication with God, and our bodies are the dwelling place for God’s Spirit.
Adventists believe in the second coming of Jesus, that He will return to this earth for everyone who has responded to His desire to have a relationship with them.
Join us at the Knoxville First Seventh-day Adventist Church each Saturday.