Appalachian Ministries of the Smokies (AMOS)

Appalachian Ministries of the Smokies (AMOS) began in 1984 as a home repair ministry for poverty-level families by Carson-Newman University’s Campus Ministries. Since the beginning of AMOS, the ministry has expanded to include the Samaritan House Family Ministries, Clothing & Food Pantry and Donation Center.

The acronym “AMOS” ties back to a man, called by God, to declare the Word of the Lord and to challenge those who had drifted away. His words remind us how we are to act and serve others today. Just like the message of Amos, Appalachian Ministries of the Smokies has a calling to see and respond to those in need. As a Christian university with a Christ-centered mission, Carson-Newman has a purpose to reflect the teaching of Jesus Christ in Whose image we are created.

AMOS is located at 511 Municipal Drive, Jefferson City, TN 37760
Phone: (865) 475-5611



AMOS serves Jefferson, Cocke, Grainger and Hamblen counties, providing a range of ministries to support those in need. AMOS hosts many organizations and churches to help with construction projects year-round, including:

  • Painting
  • Decks
  • Roof repairs
  • Accessibility ramps


In 1987, Samaritan House opened as a shelter for the homeless. Since then, hundreds of families have found a safe home and opportunity to experience the love of Christ. Families can stay up to 45 days in the shelter, and weekly Bible studies provide an avenue for individuals to hear the Gospel.


Serving three counties in East Tenneseee, the Food Pantry helps provide for families in need throughout the year. The pantry welcomes families to choose items they need, and it issues out clothing vouchers that may be redeemed at the Second Source Outlet Center.


Our donation center serves a bridge between donors, volunteers and those in need. From clothing and kitchen items to furniture and children’s toys, donations help families facing real-life challenges.