YOKE is a leader in student ministry, with a program specifically designed to meet the needs of middle school students. Serving 27 schools in Knox, Blount, Anderson, Jefferson and Grainger Counties, YOKE has the potential to reach more than 19,000 students and impact their lives through friendship, mentoring and leadership development.
The story of our ministry
In 1977 John Coatney had a vision to reach middle school students with the Good News. He started his journey in just one middle school, and the rest is history. ... learn more
The nuts and bolts of YOKE
YOKE currently has around 200 adult volunteers who connect with students at after school clubs, outside club doing Kid Time, and at weekend and week-long camps. Learn more about:
A network of ministry
From our start in just one school in Knox County, we have expanded to 30 schools across five East Tennessee Counties. Click below to:
Our core beliefs
At YOKE we know the mission field is massive, and we strive to locate and enable workers to enter the mission field of middle school students for God's glory.
Our boards, leadership, and staff
Whether you are choosing to get your child involved in YOKE or considering volunteering, you can be confident that our leadership values the safety of our students and volunteers and seeks to uphold Biblical standards in all decisions. Learn more about our: