About Us

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 bothers and sisters have come to Morning Star discouraged, hurting, and devastated. They unanimously testify that the manifestation of God’s love here 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.

vision of the Visionary

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. 

– Elder Rubin S. Thompson, Senior Pastor

Statement of Faith

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)

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)

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)

We believe in the doctrine of the oneness of God. (John 17:20-23; Ephesians 4:4-6; I John 5:7)

We believe that God was manifested in flesh. (John 1:1; 14; II Corinthians 8:9; Philippians 2:6-7; I Timothy 3:16)

We believe in the virgin birth of Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; Matthew 1:18-25)

Our History

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 3rdAvenues 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.

Our Pastor


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 inNew 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)

Service Times


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.


Prayer : 7:30pm

Joy Night Service at 8:00 p.m.