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See Branches of Plymouth Brethren to explain abbreviation types (although in short: OB (& TW-P) are Halls & Chapels within the "open brethren" (although GH's (generally) maintain a separate network from the Chapels). EB/TW/TW-N are "Careful" Brethren (similar to OB Halls), PBCC are of the tightest Exclusive Brethren, and BC are (generally) independent community churches with early or indirect PB influence, and will (usually) not consider themselves "Brethren").  AA/CA refers to assemblies of African or Caribbean origin, or predominant demographic, although all ethnicities are overly welcome in any assemblies.

The above primer link expands on the abbreviations, and also contains introduction to this (and other) sheets within the overall History. There have been scores of branches with their own distinctive networks and strengths within the history of the PB, and many branches continue to flourish today, and while no assembly or gathering is identical to the others, each is thought to maintain a fervent desire for simplicity in gathering around the Lord Jesus, though practices and secondary doctrines may vary culturally and/or preferentially as autonomous (yet inter-dependent) local churches.

Assemblies are sorted geographically, and will, D.V., eventually have further history within. Red links on Brethrenpedia are presently undeveloped, and blue links contain data. Appreciate patience with our progress, and if you'd like to help, please contact any of the editing team, preferably via social media.

Northeastern TN

Greene County (Greeneville micro)


Johnson City / Kingsport / Bristol, TN/VA CSA

Johnson City metro

Washington County

Johnson City
Jonesborough (oldest town in TN)

Kingsport/Bristol, TN/VA metro

Sullivan County


Southeastern TN

Chattanooga/Cleveland/Dalton, TN/GA/AL CSA

Athens micro

McMinn County


Chattanooga, TN/GA metro

Franklin County


Also in Grundy & Marion counties

Hamilton County





  • Knoxville Assembly, TN (OB) +2013-2018+
  • Knoxville Open Brethren Assembly, TN (OB) 1848-1904 founded by Swiss: Adrien Chavannes, Sterchi, and the Auguste Gouffon family in 1848; Auguste's wife Henrietta's father, Jean Jacques Truan (1790-1858) settled with other children there in 1849. The Rochat family also settled here in the late 1840's. Possibly the first "Open Brethren" meeting in the U.S. Some became Exclusive in 1870.
  • Knoxville Meeting Room, TN (EB/PBCC) 1870-2020+
    • 4 meetings @ +1880+
      • @ E. Truan's, Mechanicsville sub.
      • @ M. Stern's, 9 mi. E of town
      • @ Mr. Cash's, 8 mi. NE
      • @ Dav. Truan's, 7 mi. N. (Fr.)

Coal Creek



Emory Gap

Fountain City

Oak Ridge

aka Albert E. Strauchman's home (OB) 1956-1958 aka Woodland Gospel Hall (OB) +1954-1955





  • Drummonds Bible Chapel, TN (OB) 1977-2018+
    • outreach work from Richmond Heights Gospel Hall & Walnut Park Bible Chapel, both in St. Louis, MO, to Memphis & Drummonds, assembly founded by Benton Jackson. 14 baptized the first year.
    • c/o Sidney Smith @ Brighton 1977-1978+






aka Shelbyville Meeting Room (OB) +1950+