An Ancient Faith, Reaching a New Generation, Lived in Holy Community
Emmaus Abbey is named after a famous event on the day Jesus rose from the dead.
Read the Story: Luke 24:13-35
The Road to Emmaus
13 And behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 And they were talking with each other about all these things which had taken place. 15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus Himself approached and began traveling with them. 16 But their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him. 17 And He said to them, “What are these words that you are exchanging with one another as you are walking?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, answered and said to Him, “Are You the only one visiting Jerusalem and unaware of the things which have happened here in these days?” 19 And He said to them, “What things?” And they said to Him, “The things about Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word in the sight of God and all the people, 20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to the sentence of death and crucified Him. 21 But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, it is the third day since these things happened. 22 But also some women among us amazed us. When they were at the tomb early in the morning, 23 and did not find His body, they came, saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said that He was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just exactly as the women also had said; but Him they did not see.” 25 And He said to them, “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?” 27 Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.
28 And they approached the village where they were going, and He acted as though He were going farther. 29 But they urged Him, saying, “Stay with us, for it is getting toward evening, and the day is now nearly over.” So, He went in to stay with them. 30 When He had reclined at the table with them, He took the bread and blessed it, and breaking it, He began giving it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished from their sight. 32 They said to one another, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?” 33 And they got up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found gathered together the eleven and those who were with them, 34 saying, “The Lord has really risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 They began to relate their experiences on the road and how He was recognized by them in the breaking of the bread.
EMMAUS ABBEY CHURCH was conceived in January of 1999 while praying in Victory Chapel at Fort Meade Maryland. Fr. Brett was in the process of being ordained a deacon in the Orthodox Church. After his ordination as a priest on 6 December 2001, Fr. Brett stated that when he retires from military he feels called to plant a church in Knoxville, TN it will be called Emmaus Abbey Church. Emmaus Centre started out as a counseling ministry in 2008 in the basement of Dr. and Mrs Travis home. In January of 2012, Emmaus Centre for Christian Counseling flourished into being a 501C3 non-profit in the community of Knoxville, TN. Fr. Travis made contact with Bp. David Epps and after a year of discernment and prayer we formed a bible study. Starting with 6 people we soon developed into a small proprietary chapel and reclassified as a church in July 2013 meeting in our new chapel next to our home. Within two years we were able to purchase 1.25 acres to build a Parish House to further hold bible studies and worship. Emmaus Abbey was received into the Charismatic Episcopal Church of North America in April of 2014. We found a home in the Dioceses of Midsouth, Sharpsburg, GA.
We are now meeting at our proprietary chapel at 7317 Glastonbury Road, Knoxville, TN until our new Parish House is completed. Everyone is welcome to check us out for worship on Sunday's at 1030am. Come have a donut and cup of coffee in the lobby prior to service. Blessings, Emmaus Abbey Church
Our CEC Beginnings...
Emmaus Abbey Church is a member of the International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church (ICCEC) (also known as the Charismatic Episcopal Church, CEC ) started with only one bishop and three parishes in 1992 and now reports churches in more than twenty countries all over the world. The ICCEC currently has churches in Europe, Africa, North America, South America, Central America, and Asia.
Today, clergy and laymen of the ICCEC, traveling from their heritage in Evangelical, Pentecostal/Charismatic, Anglican, Roman, and Eastern Orthodox expressions, now have the common vision of making the Kingdom of God visible to the nations of the world. The founding vision of the ICCEC states: “We seek to bring the rich sacramental and liturgical life of the early church to searching evangelicals and charismatics as well as carrying the power of Pentecost to our brothers and sisters in the historical churches, all the while providing a home for all Christians who seek an expression of faith that is equally liturgical/sacramental, evangelical, and charismatic.”
** The Charismatic Episcopal Church is every bit Anglican in its heritage and worship...but, we remain independent from any other denomination. We have never been affiliated with the Episcopal Church USA or the Anglican Communion (ACNA). We believe marriage is between one man and one woman, that we were exactly born with the gender God chose for us and we are confused about our identity in Christ. We simply refuse to follow or incorporate cultural mandates to change our biblical standards or beliefs in God.