Origin and Background History of MBC
Because of the apostasy and lack of True Biblical teaching in all of the organized "religions" and denominations, the Metropolitan Bible Church was organized. Its purpose was to communicate Biblical truths without political or religious intervention.
After I graduated from Midwestern Baptist College and Seminary, and was ordained in 1969 by the Immanuel Baptist Church of Pontiac, Michigan, I considered pastoring a Baptist church or Community church, or Bible church already in existence. But upon ministering in various churches for a few years, I realized that I was fighting a losing battle in my attempt to present indepth Biblical truths. Therefore, I began my own Bible classes, which later grew into a local church.
In 1974 we began a Tuesday night Bible class in the home of a dedicated and positive young couple in Berkley, Michigan. Later that same year we began Sunday morning services in the home of another couple living in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. These original classes continued for a few years. Then on May 5, 1977, we were incorporated as a local church in the state of Michigan as a non-profit organization.
In 1978 we began holding all our services (Sunday morning and Tuesday night) in the living room of my home in Berkley, Michigan.
As our membership grew, we moved to my basement and added tables and folding chairs. As we continued to grow, the basement became too crowded, therefore, in February of 1987 we moved our Sunday morning services to the Franklin Village School in Franklin, Michigan. Then in June of 1990, we moved our Tuesday night class to the school also.
As the Lord continued to bring new families into our fellowship, we began to look for a larger meeting place. In August of 1991, we moved our services to the Gateway Montesorri School in Beverly Hills, Michigan. We continued there for about two years. For a few months in the spring and summer of 1993, we rented a VFW Hall in Royal Oak, Michigan. Then in October of 1993 we moved to the Westview Baptist Church. We conducted our services at that location for about two years. At the same time I also conducted the services of the Westview Baptist Church because their pastor was seriously ill. Therefore, I was able to teach the Word of God for both churches at the same time. The Metropolitan Bible Church, and the small group at the Westview Baptist Church.
In the summer of 1995, Westview hired a full time pastor. We then moved our services to the basement of the home of another positive and dedicated couple in Dearborn, Michigan.
In the fall of 1995 we moved our Sunday services to the Auburn Hills Free Methodist Church on Squirrel Road in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and we moved our Tuesday night services to the Cornerstone Church of God on Eleven Mile Road in Warren, Michigan. We currently rent building space from these churches, and they are the present locations of our main services. But our Bible teaching ministry has moved beyond these two services a week. Our assistant pastor, James R. Welch, holds Bible classes in Battle Creek, Michigan every week; while I conduct additional Bible classes in Howell, Lake Orion, and Mayville, Michigan.
In every phase of our church growth and operation the Lord has provided for all of our needs, and He will continue to do so as long as there are Christians who desire to learn the Word of God and to grow spiritually.
If you desire any information concerning our church or any of our classes please contact us through our email addresses.
Robert H. Kreger,
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UPDATED AUGUST 30, 2010