Pr. Kirby received his first Call to serve Faith Lutheran Church in Bellingham and Camp Lutherwood where he was the Program Director.
The day Mt. St. Helen’s blew up Kirby interviewed to be the pastor of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church. It was there through strong lay leadership that Kirby developed a community-based ministry in Renton having been recognized by the Renton Community as Citizen of the Year and Grand Marshal of the Summer Parade. His ministry included a Police/Fire chaplaincy. He also wrote a monthly column in the Renton Reporter.
describes his time at St. Matthew’s as a wonderful ride where the
congregation went from being threatened with foreclosure into a thriving
community ministry. It was while in Renton that Kirby partnered with
the Synod and Compass Housing to reimagine what was once the site of
Renton Lutheran Church into a four-story Veterans Center, housing over
100 Veterans and their families. The ground floor became the site of
Luther’s Table, a Coffee / Pub musical venue where the church could meet
the community in a more normal setting.