Morning Star

Baptist Church


 Bishop Dwayne C. Debnam's Preaching Engagements for 2015


Sunday, January 25th @ 4:30PM
Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church
2339 North Sixth Street, Harrisburg, Rev. Rodney Smalls, Pastor
(Pastoral Anniversary)

 Thursday, February 26th @ 7:00PM

St. Abraham's Baptist Church
1124 W. North Avenue
Rev. Clarence Yerby, Pastor
(Promise Conference Revival)

Thursday, April 16th @ 7:00PM
Greater Faith Baptist Church
3000 Huntingdon Avenue
Dr. Leah White, Pastor
(Holy Convocation)

 Wednesday, July 1st @ 7:00PM

Mt. Hattin Missionary Baptist Church
2409 Aisquith Street
Rev. Claveron Burston, Jr., Pastor

 Sunday, September 13th @ 3:00PM

Pleasant Grove Baptist Church
214 S. Loudon Avenue
Rev. Ronald Williams, Pastor

 Sunday, September 27th @ 3:30PM

Divine Wisdom Christian Center
9990 Liberty Road
Rev. Dr. Ruby C. Gilliam
(Pastoral Anniversary)

Sunday, October 11th @ 4:00PM
Shiloh Baptist Church
703 Central Avenue in Chester, PA
Rev. William Ashford, Pastor
(Pastoral Anniversary)

 Sunday, October 18th @ 3:30 PM
New Bethlehem Baptist Church
1354-66 N. Carey Street
Dr. Lisa Weah, Pastor 
(Pastoral Anniversary)

Sunday, October 25th @ 3:30 PM
Highview Christian Fellowship
4100 Hunt Road, Fairfax, VA
Bishop Phillip Thomas, Pastor  
(TENTATIVE - Pastoral Anniversary)

Thursday, November 5th @ 6:45 PM
New Psalmist Baptist Church
6020 Marian Drive
Bishop Walter S. Thomas, Pastor 


Coming Soon!

1. The Scriptures. The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God, and are the only sufficient, certain and authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith and obedience.

2. God. There is but one God, the Maker, Preserver and Ruler of all things, having in and of Himself all perfections and being infinite in all of them; and to Him all creatures owe the highest love, reverence and obedience.

3. The Trinity. God is revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being.

4. Providence. God from eternity decrees or permits all things that come to pass, and perpetually upholds, directs and governs all creatures and all events; yet, so as not in any wise to be the author or approver of sin not to destroy the free will and responsibility of intelligent creatures.

5. Election. Election is God's eternal choice of some persons unto everlasting life, not because of foreseen merit in them, but of His mere mercy in Christ in consequence of which choice they are called, justified and glorified.

6. The Fall Of Man. God originally created man in His own image and free from sin; but, through the temptation of Satan, he transgressed the command of God and fell from his original holiness and righteousness; whereby his posterity inherit nature corrupt and wholly opposed to God and His law are under condemnation, and as soon as they are capable of moral action, become actual transgressors.

7. The Mediator. Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is the divinely appointed mediator between God and man. Having taken upon Himself human nature, yet without sin, He perfectly fulfilled the law, suffered and died upon the cross for the salvation of sinners. He was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended to His Father, at whose right hand He forever liveth to make intercession for His people. He is the only Mediator, Prophet, Priest, and King of the Church and Sovereign of the universe who will come again in glory for all true believers among the living and the dead.

8. Regeneration. Regeneration is a change of heart, wrought by the Holy Spirit, who quickeneth the dead in trespasses and sins, enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the Word of God, and renewing their whole nature, so that they love and practice holiness. It is a work of God's free and special grace alone.

9. Repentance. Repentance is an evangelical grace, wherein a person being, by the Holy Spirit, made sensible of the manifold evil of sin, humbleth himself for it, with godly sorrow, detestation of it, and self-abhorrence, with a purpose and endeavor to walk with God so as to please Him in all things. 

10. Faith. Saving Faith is the belief, on God's authority, of whatsoever is revealed in His Word concerning Christ; accepting and resting upon Him alone for justification, sanctification and eternal life. It is wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit, and is accompanied by all other saving graces and leads to a life of holiness.

11. Justification. Justification is God's gracious and full acquittal of sinners, who believe in Christ, from all sin, through the satisfaction that Christ has made, not for anything wrought in them or done by them; but on account of the obedience and satisfaction of Christ, they receiving and resting on Him and His righteousness by faith.

12. Sanctification. Those who have been regenerated are also sanctified by God's word and have the Spirit dwelling in them. This Sanctification is progressive through the supply of Divine strength which all saints seek to obtain, pressing after a heavenly life in cordial obedience to all Christ's commands.

13. Perseverance of the Saints. Those whom God hath accepted in the beloved and sanctified by His Spirit, will never totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere to the end; and though they may fall, through neglect and temptation, into sin, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, bring reproach on the Church and temporal judgement on themselves, yet they shall be renewed again unto repentance, and be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.

14. The Church. The Lord Jesus is the Head of the Church, which is composed of all His true disciples, and in Him is invested supremely all power for its government. According to His commandments, Christians are to associate themselves into particular societies or churches; and to each of these churches, He hath given needful authority for administering that order, discipline and worship which He hath appointed. The scriptural officers of a church are Bishops or Elders (Pastors and Deacons).

15. Baptist. Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus, obligatory upon every believer wherein he is immersed in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, as a sign of his fellowship with the death and resurrection of Christ, of remission of sins, and of his giving himself up to God, to live and walk in newness of life. It is prerequisite to church fellowship and to participation in the Lord's Supper.

16. The Lord's Supper. The Lord's Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, to be administered with the elements of bread and wine, and to be observed by His churches until the second coming of Christ. It is in no sense a sacrifice, but is designed to commemorate His death, to confirm the faith and other graces of Christians, and to be a bond pledge and renewal of their communion with Him, and of their church fellowship.

17. The Lord's Day. The Lord's Day is a Christian institution for regular observance and should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private, resting from worldly employments and amusements with works of necessity and mercy the only exceptions.

18. Liberty of Conscience. God alone is Lord of the conscience and He hath left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men, which are in anything contrary to His word, or not contained in it. Civil magistrates being ordained of God, subjection in all lawful things commanded by them ought to be yielded by us in the Lord, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

19. The Resurrection. The bodies of men after death return to dust, but their spirits return immediately to God; the righteous to rest with Him; the wicked to be reserved under darkness to the judgement. At the last day, the bodies of all the dead, both just and unjust, will be raised.

20. The Judgement. God hath appointed a day, wherein He will judge the world by Jesus Christ, when everyone shall receive according to his deeds; the wicked shall go away into everlasting punishment and the righteous into everlasting life.

The Baptist Ordinances

There are two ordinances to which the Baptist Church adheres. These two ordinances are Baptism and The Lord's Supper. Ordinances, as used here, mean traditions and acts commanded by Jesus that His followers share as a sign of their commitment to Him.

Baptism comes from the Greek work "baptzo" meaning to dip or submerge. Baptists follow the tradition of Jesus having been baptized by John the Baptist. Likewise, we follow the commandment of Jesus who said, "Go, ye therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son and Holy Spirit."

Baptism is symbolic of the Christian's death to his old life, its burial and the Christian's resurrection to walk in the newness of life in Christ. Baptism serves as a confession of faith in God and a willingness to follow Christ.

The second ordinance is the Lord's Supper or Holy Communion, as it is frequently called. Baptist belief holds that the Lord's Supper is symbolic. The bread and the fruit of the vine are but symbols of the broken body and shed blood of Christ. Any baptized believer is eligible to partake of the Lord's Supper. It is observed as a remembrance of that which Christ did for us. The bread is symbolic of His body broken on Calvary's cross out of His love for us; and the fruit of the wine is symbolic of His blood which was shed for the forgiveness of our sins.

We, as Christians, commune together as one body in Christ, members one of another, every 1st Wednesday of each month 

Minister Terry Beamon
Church Administrator
(410) 747-3417 ext. 21
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As the Church Administrator, Minister Beamon is responsible for the overall management of the Church's office, including membership information management, correspondence coordination and phone call management.

Dr. Anthony Brown
Minister of Marketing and Business Development
(410) 747-3417 ext. 31
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Elder Brown is responsible for the Church's overall marketing, promotions, and public relations programs. He also works closely with program director for the Renaissance Christian Counseling Center, to ensure that they are appropriately marketed to the Church and Community.

At this time, Dr. Brown is also coordinating the Ministries Facilities Department. Our Facilities Team is responsible for the care and use of all church owned or leased facilities which, at the present time, includes eight real estate properties. The Team also oversees building scheduling and Public Safety: Guardian Ministry and Church Security.

Deaconess Robbin Brown
Executive Assistant to the Bishop Debnam
(410) 747-3417 ext. 33
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As Executive Assistant to the Bishop, Deaconess Brown handles the Bishop's overall scheduling and calendar coordination. She is the overall supervisor and coordinator for the Ministries' clerical staffing, and works closely with all staff members and church ministries to ensure that programs are implemented effectively.

Dawn Green
Finance Officer
(410) 747-3417 ext. 63

In conjunction with the Pastor, the Finance Officer is responsible for the overall development, coordination and implementation of the Ministry's established budget.

Minister Olivia Moyd Hazell
Director of Child Care Development
(410) 747-3417 ext. 24
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Minister Moyd Hazell is responsible for program development and operations for the Church's community child care center. She also develops and oversees the Ministries' Summer Camp Programs and Before & After-School Programs.

Deaconess Faye Marvin
Director of Human Resources
(410) 265-7460 ext. 118
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As Director of Human Resources Deaconess Marvin coordinates the Ministries' comprehensive Human Resources program including all hiring, management of employment leave and benefit packages, negotiation and management of employee-related contracts, and implementation and management of the Church's overall employment practices and polices program.

Johnnie Miller
Minister of Music
(410) 747-3417 ext. 29
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Brother Miller oversees the Church's entire Cultural Arts & Worship program which encompasses choirs, the band, dance, audio and video.

Lisa Nettles
Fellowship One Administrator
(410) 265-7291 ext.126
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Mrs. Nettles manages the Church's Fellowship One giving and communications system. She also oversees data collection - developing and coordinating surveys and data capture initiatives which capture relevant ministry information for planning purposes.

Elder Joe Sanders
Minister of Outreach
(410) 265-7460 ext. 111
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Elder Sanders serves as Minister of Outreach. As the Minister of Outreach, Elder Sanders provides pastoral care to sick and bereaved members of our congregation and their families. Elder Sanders also coordinates our weekly Prison Ministry as well as homeless shelter visits.

Elder Donald Spence
(410) 747-3417 ext. 61
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The Nutritionist serves as the primary coordinator for all ministry food services including meals for the childcare center, church programs (Bible Study/Church School/Weddings) and special events.

Patricia Thompson, MA, MSW, LCSW-C
Executive Director, Renaissance Christian Counseling Center
(410) 265-7291 ext. 222

Pat services as the Executive Director for The Renaissance Christian Counseling Center, an outreach ministry of Morning Star Baptist Church. In this position, she is responsible for overall implementation and execution of the Center's programs.

MSBC was founded in 1896 at 49 ½ Winters Lane in Catonsville. The joy of that achievement quickly dissipated, when on their first day of worship in December of that year, the congregation arrived to find benches smashed. The contractor, angry that trustees could not pay the balance due on a $150 construction debt, had vandalized the small, brick building. The church got through that faith-testing experience, and later would be blessed with more space.

It would be 33 years after its founding before a cornerstone would be laid. The following year, in 1930, a building became available on Roberts Avenue. The church sold the Winters Lane building to the Masons for $2,000 and purchased the new building from Macedonia Baptist Church. The church also was incorporated that year.

In 1945, MSBC grew again when the congregation built a sanctuary on an adjacent vacant lot. Years later the hall and sanctuary would be adjoined and parking lots purchased. After numerous improvements and beautification projects to the Roberts Avenue location, a much larger church was needed. In November 1979, MSBC, with Rev. Jentry McDonald Sr. at the helm, moved to its current edifice at 154 Winters Lane. Remarkably, the church was able to burn its 30-year mortgage in 11 years.

Ten pastors shepherded MSBC. Rev. T. Quarles was the first. Over the next 107 years, nine others would follow, each imprinting his mark and making valuable contributions to the spiritual, organizational, and physical progress. Early pastors included the Reverends G. Claderbuck, S. Drumgold, T.I. Jones, and Walker Dawson. R.C. Williams, William Tapscott, Jentry McDonald Sr., and W. James Favorite. After a 10-month search, God blessed us with our current pastor, Dr. Dwayne Debnam, who assumed the pulpit in September 1996.

By faith, Dr. Debnam has inspired the congregation to move from membership to discipleship. After much struggle and prayer, MSBC's blessings continue to multiply spiritually and financially. Ministries have been created and revitalized. Membership is currently more than 3000 persons. Hundreds of these persons are new believers. A third Sunday service has been added to accommodate the growing need for restoration and salvation. With the Lord leading us, MSBC is positioned as a beacon in the community. Dr. Debnam has established the Renaissance Counseling Center, a Next Level Limousine Service, and a Center for Excellence which encompasses a GED, computer, career and employment training programs.

What great and marvelous things the Lord has done with the Morning Star Baptist Church of Catonsville. With assured leadership, anointed vision, and a supportive flock, God has demonstrated what faith, humility, and obedience can do. MSBC is proudly remembering yesterday, and recognizes it's role in empowering individuals for their tomorrow.

And, the best is yet to come. MSBC is planning for a glorious, expansive campus that will minister to the whole person.