2019 // Religion

Did You Know?

The historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church features a labyrinth modeled after a French cathedral’s 13th century design, which is used for prayer and meditative walks as well as self-reflection.

A beautiful mosaic of cultures and religions exists and is ever-growing in the Chattanooga area. All faiths are welcome in Chattanooga; residents and visitors enjoy access to diverse and engaging places of worship, nonprofit ministries focused on helping others, and faith-based educational institutions.


There are meeting places and places of worship for a wide array of religions. Within the Christian religion, both Protestant and Roman Catholic faiths are represented, and a variety of church styles ranging from traditional to contemporary are available. Protestant denominations include Baptist, Presbyterian, Church of Christ, Church of God, Episcopalian, Lutheran, Methodist, Seventh-day Adventist, and more. Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Latter-day Saints, and Unitarian communities are also represented, as is a thriving Jewish community with synagogues for the orthodox, conservative, and reformed. Baha’i’ house of worship, Buddhist centers, Hindu temples, and mosques complete the religious landscape.

Several Chattanooga area churches are admired for their stunning architecture, and some are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. From Greek revival to colonial to contemporary, there are beautiful worship centers full of character and history.

Service opportunities are readily available through Chattanooga area churches and worship centers, religious organizations, and many nonprofit ministries. Areas of focus extend from helping the homeless to education and beyond. Organizations supporting underprivileged children, widows, music education, and many more causes are all a part of Chattanooga’s service sphere.

Faith-based education is readily available to students, as Chattanooga is home to Catholic, Christian, Jewish, Islamic, and Seventh-day Adventist schools. The institutions provide opportunities for ages ranging from daycare and preschool to elementary and high school. Local and nearby religious colleges and universities include Bryan College, Covenant College, Lee University, and Southern Adventist University. For more information on choices for education, see this issue’s sections on Education and Higher Education.