Grand Prairie, TX

Our History

church1On November 30, 1952, Mother Bulah Lathan opened up her Grand Prairie home on Southwest 22nd Street to a group of Christian believers wanting to establish a church-family rooted in the Word of God.

Rev. L.A. Hancock provided the leadership during this sacred, yet joyous occasion of Morning Star's birth. Over the next few months, the group worshipped in Mother Lathan's home until they began renting a barrack on Sherman Street.

From the Sherman location, where they worshipped for more than a year --the Morning Star Baptist Church began their efforts to build a permanent building. Though small in number but big on faith, they purchased three lots and began building their structure. They worked hard, and God blessed them to pay for the church as they were building. When the wooden structure was finished, it was paid for.

Rev. J. S. Simmons began to pastor Morning Star, and the church membership increased significantly under his leadership. The church structure was established, and Rev. Simmons was pastor for nine years.

Rev. N. R. Washington was then called to pastor and served until his death in 1968.

Rev. W. F. Drake Jr. became the pastor in 1968 serving the church faithfully and diligently for 18 years. Although his health became progressively worse, he still maintained a Christian devotion to his duty. Forever grateful for his service and dedication, the church retired him in December 1985.

Rev T. O. Jordan in 1986, served as pastor and the church continued to grow through his teaching and preaching. In 1989, Rev. J. L. Williams Jr. became pastor, and 41 new members were added to the church roll.

During 1990, 25 new members joined the church: 15 by Christian experience and 10 as candidates for baptism. Twelve members rededicated their lives to Jesus Christ.

In February of 1992, Rev. C. L. Taylor accepted God's call to pastor Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church. Under his administration, the church address changed to 2251 El Paso, upon entering into a new church facility in July 1995. Under his leadership the church membership continues to grow.

In 2006 the church started a 3 year campaign to burn the church note. The campaign was a huge success and the church officially burned the note in December 2009.

Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church counts it a blessing to have named and formally dedicated the Fellowship Hall, located in the new church site after the late Rev. W.F. Drake. In his honor, Pastor Taylor has set aside a special Annual Day.

On this site, a generation has reaped the blessing of a woman's benevolence in opening up her home to a small group of believers. On this site, generations shall inherit the blessings of a congregation's faith and obedience to Almighty God.

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"Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” - Luke 6:38