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Job 23:10 says, “But he knows the way that I take; when he
has tested me, I shall come forth pure as gold.” Such seems to be the threads
that have woven the fabric of the life and ministry of the Reverend Solomon W. Kinloch, Jr.
Solomon Kinloch, Jr., was born to Solomon and Janie Kinloch
on July 28, 1973, the youngest son and the fifth of six children. He is the
senior pastor of Triumph Church. He has been a minister since the age of 14,
beginning under the tutelage of Pastor Robert Smith, Jr. at the New Bethel
Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan.
In 1998, Pastor Kinloch accepted the call to Pastor at
Triumph Church, in Detroit, Michigan. At the beginning of his tenure, Triumph's
membership was less than 50 people. By 2003, attendance had increased to over
2,000 leading the church to begin holding Sunday services in the River Rouge
High School auditorium. Within a year, Pastor Kinloch & Triumph Church had
outgrown River Rouge and Pastor Kinloch returned to the sanctuary on Liddesdale
Street and held FOUR Sunday services.
By the age of 30, Pastor Kinloch again had led Triumph’s
growth beyond the physical confines of the building. Triumph began utilizing
the Allen Park Municipal Auditorium as a temporary worship facility.
Simultaneously, Triumph Church had acquired a seven-acre parcel of land,
formerly occupied by a hospital in Lincoln Park. However, before the church
could break ground on this property, Pastor Kinloch and his energetic
leadership helped quickly catapult attendance to over 4,000 members; making the
Lincoln Park hospital site already too small before construction began.
Pastor Kinloch was quoted in Heritage Newspapers as saying
that congregants came from "Ann Arbor, Westland, Canton, Farmington Hills,
Southfield and Madison Heights," which proved to be the prophetic
beginnings of the Spiritual Beltway.
The Spiritual Beltway is a God-given vision of Pastor
Kinloch to impact the secular population of Metro Detroit by operating between
four to six community campuses that would be extensions of Triumph Church. The
vision aims to accommodate current membership needs and future growth by
maintaining a level of intimacy within ministries and the worship experience by
offering locations within 30 minutes of the majority of the population in Metro
Detroit. Instead of operating a large centralized church, Triumph would become
one church in multiple locations, ensuring that members and visitors would not
have to endure extensive commutes to experience a Triumph worship experience.
Pastor Kinloch and the Spiritual Beltway took off in 2006.
Against conventional wisdom, he began to hold services in Canton, MI at the
Village Theatre. He also moved the Allen Park services to the brand new
1100-seat Cass Technical High School auditorium near Downtown Detroit.
In 2008, the Canton service was moved to the Canton-area’s
largest auditorium, the 960-seat Salem High School. By 2010, Triumph had again
outgrown a facility. Cass Tech was no longer sufficient, so Triumph signed an
agreement with the 3,200-seat Detroit Opera House, making it the first time a
local church took up temporary residency for weekly worship in one of the major
downtown Detroit performing arts venues.
It did not take long for another major performing arts venue
to take notice of Pastor Kinloch and Triumph Church. The owners of Southfield's
Millennium Centre called and offered to be the long-term home of Triumph Church
for its North Campus. Quickly, Triumph’s newest campus became its largest.
Currently, Pastor Kinloch preaches three Sunday services at this site alone.
Three other services (two at Detroit’s East Campus and one at the West Campus
in Northville) round out Pastor Kinloch’s seven services Sunday schedule.
Under Kinloch's visionary leadership, Triumph Church has
blossomed into a multi-site phenomenon, utilizing eight campuses and hosting 14 weekly services for its members. Even more
amazing is that Pastor Kinloch preaches every service, teaches every Bible
Study and also baptizes every member and dedicates every baby.
Each year since 2008, the Christian publication Outreach
Magazine, has recorded Triumph Church one of the "Fastest Growing
Churches" in the United States. In 2012, that same publication named
Triumph as one of the Top 100 Largest Churches in America. There are no signs
of that trend slowing down as the church welcomes in excess of 300 new members
Pastor Kinloch is also the visionary of one of the Midwest’s
premier women-only Christian events – Dawn Seekers. This worship service, which
began in 2008 with a few dozen women at the East Campus, has turned into a
powerful women’s movement that attracts women from hundreds of miles away.
Packed with prayer, praise and worship, Dawn Seekers begins at 6am and has also
featured special musical guests like Yolanda Adams, CeCe Winans and Israel
Houghton. It has been so successful that it has outgrown most performance arts venue
in Detroit, including the Detroit Opera House. Held quarterly at Detroit’s Cobo
Center, the event hosts over 5,000 women for this early morning worship
Pastor Kinloch serves on several boards of directors,
including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Southern Christian Leadership
Conference. Additionally, Pastor Kinloch is nationally recognized as a premier
personality in preaching, receiving numerous recognitions and awards including:
a local Comcast Spotlight “Newsmaker” in 2003, Pastor of the Year from the
Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and declared one of “The New
Generation of Black Leaders,” by the Detroit News. He was also named a New
Kingdom Voice, one of twelve “Dynamic, World Changers” by Gospel Today
Magazine; one of the "20 Young Preachers to Watch" by the
African-American Pulpit and “Contemporary Pioneer” in the Michigan Chronicle’s
70th anniversary celebration publication in 2006. In 2010 he was recognized by
the Michigan Frontpage in conjunction with the Michigan Chronicle as one of
several young professionals creating a movement within their professional,
personal & civic lives. In 2012, he was again awarded by the Michigan
Chronicle, during the Men of Excellence celebration. In 2013, he was honored
with a Herald Award by the Metropolitan Christian Council: Detroit Windsor for
his service in the community. In 2014, he was named to the Michigan Chronicle's Power 50, recognizing the most influential leaders in Metro-Detroit.
In 2010, Pastor Kinloch married his best friend and love of
his life, the former Robin Kemp. Together, they are the proud parents of one
son, Kadin Elijah.