Northstar Church

Knoxville, TN
21,000 SF


Northstar Church was birthed in early 2003 by the founding pastor, Scott Cagle. In July of that year, approximately 90 people gathered to worship and pray in the back yard of a West Knoxville home. The gathered congregation believed the Lord had called them to plant a new church within their community and so Northstar Church came to be. The church was nomadic in nature for the first seven years, meeting in four different locations until purchasing land in 2010 for a permanent campus location.

In 2010, the church opened ‘The Bubble’ to house a near 1000 person congregation, all gathering to celebrate god’s goodness. Then, in 2014, Studio Four helped the growing church launch its first satellite campus in South Knoxville, now the South Campus. West Knoxville continued to be the fastest-growing population area of Knox county. This growth was experienced first hand at Northstar’s North campus and once again the thriving ministry was faced with a need to grow and expand. Studio Four was pleased to assist the church in planning its next phase of growth and worked with church officials to design the new 1,200 seat worship facility that opened in January 2020.

“To have this new, larger auditorium is truly a blessing,” said Scott Cagle, senior pastor at Northstar Church. “As our church family continues to grow, it’s wonderful to know we have room for everyone and can welcome others who need to experience the love of Jesus. We are grateful to the team of Studio Four Design and Jenkins & Stiles for their efforts in bring to life this exciting new facility for our church.”


The new building will house the main service and allow the church to reallocate the existing facility as a classroom and administration space. The new worship center includes a lobby, kitchen, and multipurpose gathering, fellowship, and entertainment space. The 1200 seat auditorium includes a green room for shooting Sunday morning announcements and a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system to ensure every member receives the same experience whether they are seated in the first or last row. “We wanted to create a place for not only our Sunday Services but a place for the community to host events”, said Kemper Vogel, Worship Pastor. The auditorium also includes a live baptistery that is accessed from backstage to help maintain seamless transitions between Sunday morning programming. The design team worked with church officials and the construction team to create a feasible design that would meet the church’s current and projected growth needs.