Pastor Hunter Wright

Lead Pastor of Ignition Church

Pastor Hunter Wright is the Lead Pastor of Ignition Church in Knoxville, TN.

In 2007, God birthed a vision in the heart of Pastor Hunter to start a church in his hometown of Knoxville, and that God would change lives through it. Soon after, he and his wife Kristina moved to Charlotte, NC for three years to be a part of Elevation Church. While there, Pastor Hunter started and completed his seminary degree, learned from the leadership at Elevation, gathered a core team of 14 to move to Knoxville, and watched God move at one of the fastest growing churches in America.

In 2011, Pastor Steven Furtick and Elevation Church sent out the team to plant Ignition Church, and in 2012 Ignition had their first public gatherings on Sunday nights.

Today, Pastor Hunter preaches on Sundays, leads the staff of Ignition Church, and enjoys spending time with his wife Kristina, and his son, Benjamin.


His blog below includes posts about church, Jesus, making disciples, and anything else that comes to mind. His hope is to inspire and encourage people to follow Jesus, make disciples, and take the next step on their journey with God.


Did you know this about our iKidz ministry?

It’s summertime, which means it’s graduation season at Ignition Church!


Some of you have never heard of graduation at Ignition, so let me explain: every year we have kids “graduate” from iKidz – our children’s ministry at Ignition. iKidz runs concurrently with our main worship experience on Sundays, and includes kids from 6 weeks all the way up to and through 5th grade. The summer before they enter middle school, they “graduate” from iKidz, and the Class of 2018 will graduate later this summer! It’s an exciting time when we get to celebrate them and what Jesus has done in their life.


Now, it’s at this age that traditionally the church labels them as “youth” and sticks them in the basement and gives them pizza until they smell better. But that’s not how we do it at Ignition. We believe they can and should participate in the life of the larger church body.


But preparation for this begins well before graduation – it starts with the seeds we sow intentionally from the moment they walk into iKidz. This is done because of what we believe about our children, based on how Jesus interacted with kids.


One time when Jesus

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Why Do Men Hate Going To Church?

Are you ready for Father’s Day? You have until Sunday, June 17th to find the perfect the ideal some kind of gift for the guy who already has everything. What’s it gonna be this year? Socks? Necktie?


I have a suggestion: How about you bring them to Ignition Church?


Just like we had you covered for Mothers Day with flowers, photos, and fancy coffee, we got you covered for Dad’s day, too.


We are doing our very own Donut Bar!


That’s right. We will glaze a Krispy Kreme cake donut right in front of you and your dad and then he gets to choose his toppings! And before you ask, yes, there will be bacon. I told you we had you covered, right? Dad’s love donuts (and bacon), and we love dads (and donuts, and bacon).


So… why are we doing this?

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Baptisms This Sunday!

Sun is out. Weather is warm. That means it’s time for baptisms at Ignition Church!


I hope you’ll make plans to join us this weekend as we celebrate the new thing Jesus is doing in His church!


Even if you don’t know the people being baptized, I still want you to be there. Hearing their stories is always so encouraging…


It can remind you that you’re not alone in your struggles.

It can lift your perspective to see that God is still alive and active today.

It’s the good news of the Gospel in living color – and we all enjoy receiving some good news!


We go all out in celebrating baptisms at Ignition because it doesn’t get any bigger than this.


This is our scorecard – the only one Jesus gave His church, “go and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” This is the Super Bowl, the Finals, the Grand Slam, the Grammy’s…you get the point. This is what counts.


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Preaching for Partnership

I’ve had several conversations sparked by the same question a handful of times over the past several years of our church plant.


The question is not one asked by those who are on mission with us. It’s not asked by those who are being reached through our community. It’s a question asked by Christians who remain on the fringes. Typically, I’m not interested in answering questions like this because I have no interest in convincing the already convinced or winning someone over to “my style” for the sake of attendance numbers. However, I know that many of you have friends who you want to reach because you see them stuck in religion, and this seems to be a sticking point for them.


The question goes something along the lines of, “Why don’t you teach more classroom-style so I can learn something new?” or “Why don’t you teach more practical points so I learn what to do?”

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Baptism, Jesus, and Kids

On Sunday we had the privilege of baptizing 15 people – wow! Celebrate, church!!


Among the 15 that were baptized, 2 of them were children! These baptisms deserve some notice – not because they were special or sweet or sentimental, but because they were profound.


However, when I need to spend an entire sermon unpacking what baptism is and isn’t, and then staff our lobby with baptism counselors to help people understand the step they are taking, one can’t help but ask the question: how can a child possibly be ready to take that step?

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Sit With Me September

I think almost every single person in our church desires to see our community grow. We want to see our friends and family experience the love and freedom we are experiencing, and this desire is stronger than ever – a beautiful sign of the work of God in our lives. Also, I am more and more certain that Jesus wants to see our community grow, and that He wants to touch the lives of our friends and family just like He has touched ours.


In light of this is, a tension arises: If we all want it, and Jesus wants it, then what is the key to seeing His will for His Church come to pass?

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Neutral Turf

It’s officially mid-July, and we’re fast approaching the biggest day ever for our church: Party In The Park (

And as we approach July 31st, it’s safe to say that word is getting out. Posters are up. 1000+ invites have gone out, with more behind them. People are talking, clicking, and typing about it. The press release is getting ready to be released. Anticipation is growing. Response is steadily increasing. It’s awesome! And with all this comes the question: “Why are y’all doing this?”

The answer: We love Knoxville.
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Keep It 100

If you can’t tell from the all the talk on Facebook (and other social media as well), as a church we’re pretty stoked about the upcoming event we’re hosting for our city – Party In the Park.

I mean, can you blame us?? We get to throw an epic party where thousands of people show up.

I think it’s pretty cool.

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How to Save the Date, Part 2

This blog is a continuation of the last post which can be read here.

I think something inside us resonates when we hear the promise of being ever-satisfied by the well God has placed within us. We want to experience life like this. And the good news is this is how we are designed – as wells.

God did not design us to be dependent on outside sources that never satisfy. We are designed to live from the inside-out, life flowing from our soul, where we are one with Jesus (John 14:20). And becoming a well is the hope for all our relationships.

But how?

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