We are a family-oriented church where loving one another (as Christ loved the church) is our constant focus and goal through the enabling power of the Holy Spirit. Many brothers and sisters have come to Morning Star, discouraged, hurting, and devastated. They unanimously testify that the manifestation of God’s love here on the corner of Washington Avenue and East Tremont has healing and restoring virtue that is irresistible. We invite you to come and experience this precious gift of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) with us.
Rubin Spence Thompson the youngest and only male of five children accepted the call to preach when he was thirteen years old and has over thirty years experience in ministry in New York City.
While only a teenager, Rubin was licensed as a Minister and was the founder and president of “Youth for Christ Ministries.” The purpose of this organization was to assist Pastors and their youth outreach programs by networking with other young ministers of the New York Metropolitan area and coordinating crusades and revivals designed to “reach the lost through Pentecost.” Soon after, Elder Thompson became the radio announcer and preacher for the late Pastor J.B. Brown on his Saturday morning broadcast from the New Testament Baptist Church in New York City. It was during one of those broadcasts that Elder Thompson met his “wife for life” Yvonne Thompson, who sang with a visiting choir. They later married when he was just twenty-three and she was only twenty-one. In 2012, Lady Yvonne, as she is affectionately called, was also ordained as an Elder into ministry.
Elder Thompson fell in love with music ministry at a young age, realizing the joy and deliverance that comes through praising and worshipping God. He has directed church choirs, organized praise and worship teams and even began a Children’s Gospel Choir at the school were he formally taught, The Children’s Storefront in NYC. Through directing and leading the Children’s Storefront Gospel Choir, Elder Thompson has had the opportunity to share the Gospel in song on the “Today” Show and “Emeril Live”; and to sing in such prestigious venues such as St. John’s Cathedral, the United Nations, Rockefeller Center and others.
In over thirty years of service, Elder Thompson has worn many hats and fulfilled many leadership roles in ministry. His earliest memories of “real” ministry was watching his mother, the late Evangelist Virginia D. Thompson, make the necessary behind the scenes sacrifices to ensure the effectiveness of the Sunday morning ministry. He takes as much pride in his days of cleaning church bathrooms alongside his mother on Saturday mornings as he does in preaching and teaching the Gospel to a Sunday morning crowd. Elder Thompson’s greatest call to service thus far, has been the appointment of Senior Pastor of the Morning Star Full Gospel Assembly where he has faithfully served his leaders, Bishop Charles H. Harris, Sr., Overseer and Pastor-Emeritus Mother Doris E. Harris.
Pastor Rubin and Lady Yvonne have two beautiful children who are also active in ministry. Olivia and Jordan. Their family is a living example that “those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.” (Psalm 92:13)
Our Statements of Faith (What we Believe)
1) We believe in God, as revealed in the Holy Scriptures, and that the Bible is the supreme authority in all matters. (II Timothy 3:16)
5) We believe in the virgin birth of Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; Matthew 1:18-25)
6) We believe that Eternal Life is the life of God, and that we can find that life only through Jesus Christ. (John 1:12; John 1:18; Hebrews 10:19-23; I John 5:11-13)
7) We believe in Christ’s death on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins. (I Corinthians 15:3-4; Hebrews 7:27; 9:11-12)
8) We believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:6; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:6)
9) We believe that all persons are sinners by nature and, therefore, need to be born again of the water and of the Spirit. (John 3:1-7; I Peter 1:23; I John 5:1)
12) We believe in the operation of the gifts of the Spirit in the church and that every believer is given a gift. (I Corinthians 12:1-11; Ephesians 4:11-16; Romans 12:3-8; I Peter 4:10)
14) We believe in being buried with Christ in baptism. (Romans 6:3-4; Acts 8:37-39; Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; 8:16: 10:48; 19:5; Colossians 3:17)
15) We believe in the Holy Communion of the body of believers (Lord’s Supper). (Genesis 14:18; Matthew 26:26-29; I Corinthians 11:23-29; Mark 14:22-26)
16) We believe in the tithing of the saints. (Genesis 14:20; 28:22; Leviticus 27:30-32; Numbers 18:26; Nehemiah 10:38; Proverbs 3:9; Malachi 3:10; Matthew 5:20; Matthew 23:23; Hebrews 7:1-10)
17) We believe in obeying the laws of the land, so long as no Holy law of God is being violated in doing so. (Matthew 22:21; Romans 13:1-7; I Peter 2:13-17)
20) We believe in the literal premillennial, second coming of Jesus Christ. (John 14:3; Acts 1:11; I Thessalonians 4:4-17; Revelation 20:1-6)
21) The conclusion of the whole matter is, we believe: Ecclesiastes 12:13; John 2:5
Morning Star Full Gospel Assembly emerged from the Morning Star Baptist Church (M.S.B.C.). Reverend William Hooper founded the M.S.B.C. in 1932.
The church’s first location was on 98th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues in Manhattan, New York. It was relocated to 101st Street between Lexington and Third Avenues. It was there, in 1975, where the church board asked Minister Charles Harris to accept the pastorate of their small congregation.
In 1977, M.S.B.C. relocated to 345 Lenox Avenue, Harlem, New York and was dedicated under Pastor Harris’ leadership. As Pastor Harris taught, consistently under the tutelage of the Holy Spirit, and the people received more in-depth Biblical instruction, the church’s name was modified to Morning Star Baptist Church of the Apostolic Faith.
The church grew from 50 to approximately 300 members and, in 1989; we were blessed to purchase our own church building in the Bronx, New York. As Pastor Harris (later elevated to Bishop Harris) continued to teach and preach the unadulterated Gospel in love, many people from varied religious backgrounds or cultures were drawn to the ministry. Thus, our church name was changed to Morning Star Full Gospel Assembly (M.S.F.G.A.)
To date, M.S.F.G.A. has over 600 active members, and is a catalyst for 18 Sunday School classes as well as over 15 in-house and outreach ministries. In August 2001, this local assembly completed a million-dollar-plus expansion project, adding a three-story annex to the edifice at 464 East Tremont Avenue.
Vision of the Visionary
VISION- Proverbs 29:18; Habakkuk 2:3, and Acts 26:18-19
The great theme of the Scriptures is REDEMPTION THROUGH THE BLOOD (OF JESUS, THE CHRIST). It began in the mind of God (in eternity), extends from Genesis 3:15, 21 through I Peter 1:18-25, from Revelation 13:8 to Revelation 22:17-21, and re-enters the timelessness that is eternity. This redemptive plan of God reveals His love and demonstrates His blood shed sacrificially for all sin. It is His main purpose that all mankind be redeemed from sin (John 3:16-18, 36; John 5:24; II Peter 3:9).
It is the sovereign God alone Who gives “the vision” to His chosen, ordained, and anointed vessels. What is the purpose of the vision? The recipient is to carry out an aspect of His complete plan for the redemption of the world. Our God-given vision is to mirror the life of Jesus Christ at all times, which enhances our witness to the lost (I John 4:17).
Fulfilling the vision begins with the believer establishing a personal relationship with the Lord: “You must be born again” (John 3:7). Then, the process of renewing the mind (Romans 12:2) continues as the believer learns the Word of God in New Members Class, New Converts Class, Sunday School, and Systematic Bible Study; these equip the saints for more effective witnessing (Ephesians 4:11-12; II Timothy 2:15). Attaining the vision continues with service to others through inside and outside ministries. Our “outside” ministry primarily consists of, but is not limited to, seven outreaches that meet the spiritual and material needs of these very special “outside” people (I Corinthians 6:11-“And such were some of you”): the children of incarcerated parents (Angel Tree), recovering substance abusers (Detox centers), inner city children of limited means (Fresh Air Fund), the elderly and those in residential care (Nursing Homes), the incarcerated (Prison Ministry), and those who rarely enter the open doors of a church (Street Services). Our vision is further accomplished through:
The vision that the Lord has given us is consistent with His Word, and is birthed out of His commandments in Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 14:23, and Acts 1:8.
To put the vision in a nutshell:
The vision of one person is, at best, a single dot in the universe. God alone has the total picture -His vision- with all of the details (Psalms 139; Isaiah 57:15), and I believe that the vision the Lord has given me is His heart. I cannot always explain His vision, but I invite you to stand alongside me, and I am confident that He will reveal it to you as well. Being of one mind in pursuit of the vision is essential: there is no limit of what God can do in the midst of a united people as we carry out His plan for the redemption of the world.
Because of God’s Grace,
Elder Rubin S. Thompson, Senior Pastor
Bishop Charles H. Harris, Sr., Overseer
Our Service Times
Morning Prayer: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
New Members /New Converts Class (10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., when classes are in session)
Morning Worship at 11:30 a.m. (Holy Communion on 1st Sundays during morning service)
** Services are interpreted for the deaf and hearing impaired
Evening Prayer (Straight Street): 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Systematic Bible Study: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m – Summer Months 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Hour of Power Prayer : First Friday of Each Month @ 7pm
Joy Night Service at 8:00 p.m.