Staff

Senior Pastor

Mark Simpson

Mark has been at MorningStar since May 2009. Prior to coming to MorningStar Mark served in churches in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Virginia in various pastoral roles from youth and family ministry, to music and administration, to Lead Pastor. His education includes Word of Life Bible Institute, Moody Bible Institute (B. A.), Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary (M. A. R., M. Div.), and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (D. Min.).

Mark is madly in love with his wife Holly and head over heels for his kids Mackenzie and Ethan (Charlie the dog brings quite a bit of joy too). They are the greatest source of joy God has blessed him with. Their unconditional love is a constant reminder of the infinitely greater love and grace of God.

“As far as everything else is concerned, anything worth saying about me is because of the work of God in my life. If I’ve accomplished something it’s because He has carried me through and empowered me. Any talent or ability is ultimately from Him and therefore I pray I use it for Him and His praise, not my own.”

contact Mark: pastor@morningstardayton.org

More information about Mark and his family can be found at his personal website: www.showemjesus.com


Associate Pastor of Family Ministry

Andrew Hedges

Andrew has been at MorningStar since July 2010. Prior to coming to MorningStar, He received a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education/Youth from Cedarville University and a Master of Divinity from Columbia International University. Andrew has served for nearly a decade in full-time, part-time and volunteer youth and family ministry both stateside and overseas. Throughout those ministries, Andrew has seen the necessity for whole family and intergenerational ministry.

Andrew is a passionate follower of Jesus, and he is passionate about his amazing wife Cara and three lovely daughters – Anna, Ella and Abby. Andrew’s family provides daily reminders of God’s love and grace as well as his responsibility as a husband and parent to model a healthy, vibrant spiritual life. From his experiences, Andrew shares with others to bring praise to God and to come alongside others on their faith journey.

Micah 6:8 “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

contact Andrew: family@morningstardayton.org

More information about Andrew can be found at his personal website: www.andrewhedges.wordpress.com


Administrative Assistant

Shirley Wilkerson

Shirley has been a member of MorningStar since January 1986. Prior to becoming the MorningStar’s Administrative Assistant in June 2007, he taught for 35 years at Sinclair Community College in the Business Administration Department. Now his job is to make Mark happy! He feels working as an Administrative Assistant for a church is a mission opportunity rather than a job.

Shirley and his wife, Norma, have two grown children and five beautiful grandchildren who keep them very busy at times.

Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

contact Shirley: office@morningstardayton.org