Founded by the late Bishop Irvin Evans and his wife Constine, Morning Star officially opened its doors on Sunday, February 26, 1967 as Morning Star United Holy Church of America. Eight years later, the church purchased the land surrounding the building which allowed enough space to building a new church 1975. Bishop Evans sought God's help with expanding the church further. In 1995 a $500,000 extension was added. He was always guided in his determination by the direction of God and he directed his energy towards aiding fallen humanity in order to bring souls to Christ.
On July 25, 1999, after an extended illness, Bishop Evans ordained his son, Dr. Therman E. Evans as Senior Pastor. Prior to this position, Dr. Evans served as an associate minister, assistant pastor and co-pastor. Dr. Evans has brought the message of wholeness in spirit, mind and body to the dynamic and growing membership and ministries at Morning Star. In 2001 Morning Star United Holy Church of America was renamed Morning Star Community Tabernacle and in 2004 became Morning Star Community Christian Center, Inc.
Under the leadership of Dr. Evans, Morning Star has established and participates in several initiatives to help serve people and meet their needs. Some initiatives include:
- Operation Warm Heart - a program that provides housing and food for the homeless during the winter months
- Youth activities and mentoring program
- Annual scholarships for high school seniors going to college
- Senior citizen program and activities
- Child Care services
- A center for Employment, Education and Training
- Substance abuse counseling
- A Community Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen
- Morning Star Community Dev. Urban Renewal Corporation, a 501 (c) (3), nonprofit organization, to help manage other vital community services.
Through these programs, lives have been positively impacted and transformed through God’s power and saving grace. Families are being healed, marriages reconciled and individual lives restored.
Morning Star is serious and dedicated to the foundation laid by the late Bishop Evans. His vision lives on.