About Metropolitan Church

Our Story

The story of Metro is a story of two churches:  Vestavia Church of God and Riverchase Church of God. Vestavia Church of God was organized by Joe E. Edwards in May of 1969 with 31 charter members.  Raymond F. Culpepper founded the Riverchase Church of God in August of 1980 with 18 charter members.

In August of 1981, under the direction and leadership of the Holy Spirit, the Vestavia Church and Riverchase Church merged together with Raymond Culpepper as pastor.  A month later, in September 1981 the name of the church was changed to Metropolitan Church of God, affectionately referred to as Metro.

Under Dr. Culpepper’s leadership, Metro grew and became one of the largest churches in Birmingham.  In 1999, the church relocated from its campus on Columbiana Road to its present 32-acre interstate campus.

In January 2013, Dr. Kirk Walters was selected by the congregation to serve as Senior Pastor of Metropolitan Church. Called into full-time ministry in 1996, his prior ministry experience includes youth pastor, missions pastor, executive pastor and senior pastor. He has earned a Bachelor’s in Business and Marketing, a Master’s in Theology and a Ph.D. in Administration. He has also had the privilege of preaching in 15 countries on 5 continents.