July 2019   
Senior Pastors

Frank & Kay Howard

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Pastor Howard is the founding pastor of Living Rock Church. The church started in the basement of his home in 1975. Pastor Howard worked as an Engineer at General Motors while he pastored until he retired in August of 2000, enabling him manage the new construction of Living Rock Church in Romulus. He has been married to his wonderful wife Kay since 1968 and they have two children and ten grandchildren.

Pastor Howard has a heart for the lost and continues to challenge each one to make sure their life is focused on Jesus Christ. He preaches a empowering and anointed message while pouring his heart into all he does.

Kay Howard has been a key asset to the church for since it was founded. She is the mother of the church and has a heart of compassion, meeting everyone with a hug and a smile as they walk in the door! She's the reason we aspire to "Love people to life". She's a true example of the Love of Christ!

Spend 5 minutes with Pastors Frank and Kay, and you'll be laughing and feel right at home!


Assistant Pastors

James & Heather Kirby

Assistant Pastor James Kirby has been preaching since the young age of 14 years old.  He was raised under the minstries of Harold Raines at Monroe Full Gospel Church in Monroe Michigan and later under Gary Yocom at Redemption Road Church in Danville, Kentucky. James also had the privilege to travel the country with Jeremiah Yocom professsionally in the music ministry. He currently attends The International School of the Word through Perry Stone ministries. His wife, Heather, was raised here at Living Rock and has played a huge role in several ministries in the Church. Heather has a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice from Ferris State University and served in Detroit for most of her career. Her experience in law enforcement has proven to be valuable in ministry as well. She takes on the position of Church Administrator & Communications.

As a couple, their heart is to see revival in the Metro Detroit area! They love our community and are passionate about spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Their heart is to see broken people restored! James & Heather are down to earth, fun to be around and just love to laugh! 

Contact James @ Jkirby.lrc@gmail.com

Contact Heather @ Hkirby.lrc@gmail.com


Youth/Young Adult Pastors

Eddie and Kim Northington

As Youth and Young Adult Pastors, Kim & Eddie oversee our Fresh Life Youth and young adult ministry. They develop engaging, relevant and exciting curriculum for our teens as well as our young adults. They are the head of all youth & young adult events and activities as well.

Pastors Eddie and Kim are a dynamic duo! They truly compliment eachother! They are enthusiastic about empowering and equiping our youth with the Gospel of Christ through prayer, practical teaching and team building. As a team, they see the overwhelming struggles and challenges that teens face today and truly have a heart for helping them overcome these challanges.

Eddie and Kim both have such a loving and energetic personality about them, they'll have you smiling and laughing from the time you meet them! Eddie and Kim have been married for 9 years and at home they have two amazing sons, Eddie  Jr. & Eli. 

Women's Pastor

Denise Aherns

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Denise Aherns plays a significant role in several ministires at Living Rock Church. Denise brings an immense amount of Christian Ministry experience as she worked in Christian Jail Ministry & Women's Ministry for over twenty years. She is a dynamic, experinced and anointed teacher who has a passion for the Word of God. Denise travels preaching at women's conferences and plays a key role at LRC as the Women's Ministry Leader.


Children's Pastor

Dee Garafola

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Mrs. Dee is passionate about raising up the next generation of young people to be all God created them to be! She loves developing fun, creative ways to teach kids about God and connect them to His heart and purpose for them. She believes in the God-given potential and gifting of each one and loves to create opportunities for their growth in a fun, exciting way!  Teaching and modeling to our kids, to love Jesus with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love others as they love themselves. She loves and is honored to serve the kids and families of Living Rock Church!

What We Believe - Doctrine

1.  In the total inspiration of the Scriptures

  2.  In the Deity of Jesus Christ

  3.  In one God existing in three Persons; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

  4.  In the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ

  5.  In the Bodily Resurrection of Jesus Christ

  6.  In the Atoning Power of the Blood of Christ

  7.  In the New Birth in Order to be saved

  8.  In the Pre-millennial, and Emminent Bodily Return of Jesus Christ to the Earth

  9.  In the Pre-tribulation Rapture of the Church

10. That the Body of Christ is the Church, which is made up of all Born-again Believers

11.  In the Present Day Operation of all Spiritual Gifts

12.  In the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, with Evidence of Speaking in Tongues with Power to witness

13.  In Eternal Life for the saved, and Eternal Punishment in the Lake of Fire for the Lost

14.  God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentence.  However, most will not receive His free gift of salvation and as a result, hell enlarges itself to accept those who go there.

15.  The Church is commanded to seek the Salvation of the Lost and to Disciple those who accept Christ as Lord and Savior.



Salvation is required for anyone to be able to live eternally in the presence and love of God.  All have sinned and come short of the glory of God and therefore have the need of a Savior.  The Bible teaches that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son to die for all those who are in it.  In doing so, He provided the free gift of Salvation to whosoever would receive Him as Lord and Savior.  The Bible teaches that each one of us must turn from our sin and trust Jesus as our Lord in order to be saved.  John 1:12 tells us that God gives the power to become a son of God to all who receive Him.  The word receive in the original Greek language literally means to put your faith and trust in Jesus and to give yourself to Him.  It is a simple concept, but it requires a sincere and humble heart to do so.

If you don't know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, won't you bow your head and heart to Him right now and ask Him to forgive your sin, come into your heart and take control of your life?  You'll never regret giving your life to Him.  Your eternity depends upon it. 


What to expect on your first Sunday


We have two parking lots, one in the front of the building and one around the back. Feel free to park wherever you are comfortable! We have plenty of handicap parking spaces. If you need help, please see one of our greeters or ushers. If it is raining, an usher or greeter will more than likely welcome you with an umbrella!


Next, you will meet one of our Dream Team members. This team is here to welcome you, answer any questions you may have, and offer directions to any of our children’s’ ministries, kids check-in, classrooms, etc.


Feel free to sit wherever you are comfortable! If you need help, please let one of our ushers or greeters know and they would be glad to help you! 


Our worship services typically last about an hour and a half. We recommend arriving early so you won’t feel rushed.


Dress comfortably. One of the things you'll notice about Living Rock is you’ll feel right at home wearing anything from shorts, to jeans, to business casual attire. Come as you are!