Who We Are


The first service at Kirby Church was held on November 6, 1954. The church sat on the corner of Brooklyn and Kirby (from which we get our name) in Detroit. The first pastor of Kirby was Rev. James B. Varney. Seventeen people were present for that service. He was pastor for nearly forty years. 

Over the next 30 years, the church relocated to downriver Michigan community where it has remained. Another huge milestone in our history is when Pastor Varney retired which led to the hiring of Pastor Mike Trimble as our second and current pastor. He is from Dayton, Ohio, and has served here since October 1993, with his wife Terry. Together they have three adult sons and three grandchildren.

To learn more about our staff, click here.

This is now the most exciting time of our church's history. We are in the beginning stages of planning for future expansion on our present site, expanding strategic partnership with other mission points around the world, and enhancing our youth programs to help instill the Biblical values of love, honor, respect and living by the principles of Christ. This is a very exciting season for us. Change. Transition. New challenges and dreams. The good news is that, even though times change, the gracious love of God never changes! We will be taking more steps of faith on this incredible journey of faith. Come and join us. 


* That salvation was received by faith. 

* That salvation was provided for all men. 

* That salvation is a personal choice because it is God's desire that all men be saved. 

Kirby Church is a part of the Free Will Baptist denomination. FWBs have over 2,600 churches in 44 states and are involved in mission outreach in 10 countries. Free Will Baptists have the headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, as well as a two colleges and publishing company