"I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth." 1 Cor 3:6

In 1917, a small group of believers started a Sunday Bible School class on Signal Mountain. Through the faithful planting and watering of the gospel, God grew this small group into a church that formed Wayside Presbyterian Church. For the sake of the gospel, their small group banded together, committed to the work of God. Through sacrifices of time, resources, and even stone from members’ property, the current sanctuary opened for worship in 1947 with the ability to seat about 130 individuals. In the decades that followed, Wayside continued by God's grace in its mission, trusting God to give the increase. God has answered the prayers of previous generations giving increase in these present days.

Over the last 10 years, God has directed new families to Wayside Presbyterian Church with membership growing over 170%. From 98 members in 2012, to 176 in 2016, and now with over 275 members and their children, we are not able to worship together in one service or in one space. Yet, even with this increase, our mission remains the same, to steward God’s flock faithfully as one body as we are indeed one church family

Our goal is to continue the vision and mission that our Wayside forefathers and mothers left us by providing a legacy for generations to come so that they too can worship God and water the gospel together in faith, hope, and love. Would you consider investing not only for our generation, but for generations to come?

$4.0M out of $5.0M

(total of cash & pledges)

September 2023 update

  • Last congregation update we talked about items that were being presented to the architect to include for a new construction budget. The budget for that came in at around $6.7 million.
  • The scope of work was reduced to only include those items necessary to build a new sanctuary and have the infrastructure in place for the fellowship hall in the future. This reduced the budget to $4.6 million, soft costs included.
  • At a meeting in early September, we asked the architects to include remodeling the existing bathrooms and additional nursery space to accommodate the anticipated size of the congregation.
  • We anticipate being able to finalize drawings and get a budget confirmation number in the next few months. If the budget is in line, construction drawings will be developed.
  • The contractor will then get firm numbers from their subcontractors and will submit a hard number for us to approve or deny.
  • If approved, we are pushing for an April 1, 2024 start date for the new sanctuary.
  • Lord willing, the new sanctuary will be complete in October 2025.

Wayside's Mission

To glorify God in making disciples of Jesus Christ by faithfully planting and watering the gospel through the ministry of the Word of God, prayer, sacraments, worship, service, and gospel community.


Get involved

We desire for all of the members of Wayside's congregation to participate tangibly in this campaign. There are several ways that you can be involved.

  • GIVE

    Donations can be made on our website, (mark "New Sanctuary Fund" as the Purpose), put in our church offering plate, or given to our church treasurer, Brent Bowman.

    Future campaign pledges can be submitted via campaign pledge cards available in the church office.


    Pastors and Steering Committee:

    Dr. Brian H. Cosby - Senior Pastor

    Dr. Charles M. Barrett - Associate Pastor, Prayer committee

    Chip Fellers - Committee Chair

    Bill Bowman - Fund Raising

    Marci Cooper - Congregational Communications

    Matt Hamilton - Building Team

    Reach out to a member of our steering committee for questions and comments, or send an email to

    You can also visit the Q&A page for the new sanctuary project here.


    We're having a community yard sale to benefit the new sanctuary project on Saturday, May 20.  Please go here for more details on how you can help!