Triumph Church

Last updated
Triumph Church
Triumph Church
Location Triumph Church East Campus
2760 E. Grand Blvd
Detroit, Michigan 48211
CountryFlag of the United States.svg  United States
Denomination Christian Non-denominational Charismatic
FoundedFall 1920
Founder(s)Claude Cummings
Senior pastor(s) Solomon W. Kinloch, Jr.

Triumph Church is a Christian multi-site church located in Detroit, Michigan, USA. It was founded in the Fall of 1920 by Reverend Claude Cummings as the Triumph Missionary Baptist Church. Reverend Solomon W. Kinloch, Jr. is currently the Senior Pastor. The church has six weekend and three midweek services and its average attendance makes it one of the largest churches in Detroit and Michigan.


In the last few years, the church has been recognized for its rapid growth. According to Outreach Magazine , it was the 3rd fastest growing church in the United States in 2008, with more than 2,000 new members formalizing a commitment to the church. [1] That growth has continued through 2013, when the church topped the same list with 3,800 new members. [2]


Triumph is also a multi-site church, currently providing nine weekly worship services at five different sites in Metro Detroit.

In addition to its worship facility in the New Center, Detroit area of Detroit (known as the East Campus).

Additional Sunday worship services are held at Canton High School in Canton, Michigan and at the Millennium Centre (known as the North Campus) in Southfield, Michigan.

In January 2010, Triumph relocated some of its services, which had been held at Cass Technical High School's 1100-seat auditorium, to the 2,700-seat Detroit Opera House.

Worship style

Though Triumph traces its beginnings to the Missionary Baptists organization, as part of the "seeker sensitive" movement it does not publicize its traditional "Baptist" ties as research indicates new believers are less drawn to traditional forms church activities and worship. [3]


Solomon Kinloch, Jr. is the senior pastor of Triumph Church. He has been a minister since the age of 14, at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan. In 1998, Rev. Kinloch accepted the call to Pastor at Triumph Baptist Church, in Detroit, Michigan.

Kinloch served on the board of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the New Market Tax Credit Advisory Board.


In the fall of 1920, Reverend Claude Cummings organized the Triumph Missionary Baptist Church. In 1924, while located underground in a wood-frame structure at 515 Holford Street in River Rouge, Michigan, the church was officially incorporated.

Cummings was succeeded by the Reverend L.A. Forte, Reverend Rosbrior, Reverend F. Freeman, Reverend Scott and Reverend G.W. Sims respectively. In 1941, Reverend A.D. Boone, who had been a member for twenty years, accepted the call to pastor Triumph.

It was under the leadership of Boone that members marched to the new church in 1954 and one of its current locations, underground at 2550 South Liddesdale in Detroit. After the death of Boone in 1969, Freeman re-assumed pastoral duties until Reverend David DeYampert took over in 1970.

Under DeYampert, Triumph‘s membership grew from approximately 300 members to over 1,200. Construction of a new edifice on the same site began in March 1974. The following September, members began worshiping in the new sanctuary. By June 1988, members held a special service to celebrate full payment of the mortgage.

From 1989 to 1997, Triumph faced difficult times as the membership dwindled from its highpoint of over 1,200 to only 44. In addition to the struggles facing the church, Pastor DeYampert died on July 2, 1997. Earlier the next year on March 22, 1998, Triumph Church appointed a then-24-year-old Solomon Kinloch, Jr as its next pastor.

Under Kinloch membership has expanded from forty-four members to nearly 20,000. To accommodate this growth, Triumph Church made a decision to transition into a Multi-site church by adding additional services on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday at various sites.


In 2012, Triumph reached an agreement to take ownership of the former ROC ministry campus, spread over more than 20-acres in Northville Township, just minutes away from western suburbs like Plymouth, Livonia, Novi, & Canton. This became the church's new West Campus.

In October 2014, Triumph negotiated with the former St. Martha’s Episcopal Church -- built by automobile mogul Henry Ford and his wife Clara -- to purchase the 22,000-square-foot church on Detroit's westside to become Triumph's Central Campus. The site is also the gravesite of Ford and many of his family members.

In the summer of 2015, the church assumed ownership of the former Heart Academy charter school & St Peter Catholic Church in Harper Woods to become its new Eastland Campus (appropriately named as it is adjacent to the Eastland Center mall).

In the fall of 2015, Triumph Church partnered with North Star Ministries and its retiring pastor, Bishop James Flowers, to assume ministry operations and financial obligations for the long-time Flint-area church. The new combined church became the Triumph Church - Flint Campus.


In 2009, Outreach Magazine named Triumph the third fastest growing church in the United States, with over 2,000 new members during the 2008 calendar year. [4]

In 2012, Outreach Magazine named Triumph one of the Top 100 Largest churches in the United States, with nearly 10,000 in attendance each week. [5]

Related Research Articles

Bellevue Baptist Church Church in Tennessee, United States

Bellevue Baptist Church is a large Southern Baptist megachurch in the Cordova area of Memphis, Tennessee, United States. Bellevue is the largest church in Memphis and is one of the leading churches in the Southern Baptist Convention. Bellevue's goals are to "Love God, Love People, Share Jesus, and Make Disciples." The church's head pastor has been Steve Gaines since 2005.

Prestonwood Baptist Church is a Southern Baptist multi-site megachurch, with a main campus in Plano, Texas and a second campus in Prosper, Texas. It is one of the largest churches in America, with a membership of over 45,000 and a weekly attendance of around 17,000.

The Church at BattleCreek is the name and main campus of a rapidly growing, multi-site, evangelical church in Broken Arrow, Tulsa County, Oklahoma notable for its rapid growth. As of December, 2014, the Church drew 6,000 Christians to weekly worship services on multiple campuses, including new sites in Chicago, Illinois and Cairo, Egypt.

Wooddale Church Church in Minnesota, United States

Wooddale Church is a large multi-campus evangelical Christian church located in Eden Prairie and Edina, Minnesota, United States. The success of Wooddale Church led to the formation of many other similar churches in Minnesota. Today Wooddale Church is affiliated with the Converge and the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference.

Woodside Bible Church Church in MI, United States

Woodside Bible Church is a non-denominational Christian megachurch based in Troy, Michigan. It is a multi-site church with 15 locations in the Detroit Metro area, with a total weekly attendance of over 9,000. In 2015, Woodside Bible was listed as the 48th largest church in America, and the 56th fastest growing church by Outreach Magazine. It is considered to be "one of the nation's fastest-growing congregations". The church is led by Pastor Chris Brooks, who has served as the church's senior pastor since May 2019.

Woodlands Church is a non-denominational mega church located in The Woodlands, Texas about 27 miles north of downtown Houston, TX, led by Senior Pastor Kerry Shook. Shook founded the church in 1993 and it is now the 9th largest church in the US and the 4th fastest growing church in the US with an average attendance of over 18,434 people each week.

Paul Sylvester Morton is an American Baptist Pastor. He is the Senior Pastor of Changing a Generation Full Gospel Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, and Co-Pastor of Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is also a recording artist, author, and founder of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship, International.

Central Woodward Christian Church United States historic place

The Central Woodward Christian Church, now known as The Historic Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church, is a Gothic Revival church located at 9000 Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.

Nelson Searcy is an American evangelical minister and author. He is the founder and lead pastor of The Journey Church, an evangelical Christian church in New York City and Boca Raton, Florida. Founded in 2002, The Journey Church has grown to include multiple campuses across metro New York City and a campus in Boca Raton, Florida. The church continues to grow and innovate and serve the people of metro New York City and beyond. The Journey has been featured in articles in Time Magazine, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times. In addition, he is an author of many Christian books on church leadership and numerous resources for pastors and other church leaders. He is also the founder of Church Leader Insights, an organization that provides training and resources for pastors.

Pinelake Church is an evangelical Christian Southern Baptist church with five locations in central Mississippi: Clinton, Madison, The Reservoir (Brandon/Flowood), Starkville and Oxford. More than 9,000 people attend services each Sunday.

New Landmark Missionary Baptist Church

New Landmark Missionary Baptist Church is located on the Westside of Chicago, Illinois. The pastor is Minister Cy Fields. The church is made up of hundreds of members. The members unite every Sunday for morning worship and praise.

Faith Promise Church is an American evangelical multi-site church with a central campus in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Second Baptist Church Houston is a megachurch in Houston, Texas, USA that has a membership of over 63,000. Its senior pastor is Dr. Ed Young. Second Baptist Church is aligned with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, which broke away from the Baptist General Convention of Texas in 1998. A 2008 survey by Outreach magazine gave attendance at 23,659. In 2009 average weekly attendance was 22,723, making it the largest Baptist church in the country and the 5th largest church.

Bob Merritt is the Senior Pastor of Eagle Brook Church in suburban Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, a megachurch that has seen explosive growth under his leadership. Six years into his ministry, by 1997 the church had attendance of 1,400. According to Outreach Magazine in 2008 this was the 30th fastest growing church in the USA and the 38th in size based on attendance of 10,334. By 2015, typical weekend attendance had risen to 22,000.

Substance Church is a nondenominational, Evangelical Christian, megachurch in Minneapolis – Saint Paul, Minnesota. In 2010, Outreach Magazine ranked the church as the 21st fastest growing congregation in the United States. Because the church has integrated ultra-contemporary worship, cell church, and cafe church methods into a singular megachurch setting, Substance is often cited as being "trend-setting"

Mt. Ennon Baptist Church is a megachurch located in Clinton, Maryland.

NewSpring Church' is located in Anderson, South Carolina.

Nineteenth Street Baptist Church (Washington, D.C.)

The Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, located on 16th Street, NW, is considered to be the first and oldest black Baptist congregation in Washington, D.C. Since its founding in 1839, the church has figured prominently within the historical and social fabric of Washington, D.C.'s African American community.

Temple Baptist Church – King Solomon Baptist Church United States historic place

Temple Baptist Church/King Solomon Baptist Church consists of two buildings at the intersection of Fourteenth Avenue and Marquette Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. The original church, which later became known as the Educational and Recreation Building, is a Tudor Revival structure built by architect J. Will Wilson in 1917, then remodeled and made into classrooms and office space by 1940. The second building, also known as the Main Auditorium, is an Art Deco building constructed in 1937 and remains largely unchanged. The buildings are now owned by King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church.


  1. "Top 100 Fastest Growing Churches". Outreach Magazine. 2008. Retrieved 2014-05-09.
  2. "Top 100 Fastest Growing Churches". Outreach Magazine. 2013. Retrieved 2014-05-09.
  3. "American Society for Church Growth". official website.
  4. "Top 100 Fastest Growing Churches". 2008
  5. "Top 100 Fastest Growing Churches". 2008

Coordinates: 42°16′33″N83°28′56″W / 42.2757°N 83.4821°W / 42.2757; -83.4821