Rev. Paul J. Starnes


Our pastor knows about transformation through personal life experiences. He is a native of Springfield that graduated from the High School of Commerce with a goal to achieve in business. Soon after graduation he began his entrepreneurial career that spanned for more than two decades creating multiple successful businesses in the greater Springfield and New England areas. During his career he has had tremendous success as well as learned priceless life lessons through difficult situations.

While still an entrepreneur, the ministry call on his life began to outweigh his drive to build his company. He responded to his call and was licensed to preach in January 1995, by the Bethlehem Baptist Community Church in Holyoke MA. His grandmother was a founding member and it seems her spirit of church planting was passed down. As a result our pastor began to establish the Morning Star Church in January of 2000 and was ordained shortly after in May.

He is happily married to his wife Lisa and together they parent their combined family of four children and one grandchild. He is continuing his education at the University of Massachusetts where he is currently majoring in business administration while simultaneously pursuing his Masters of Urban Ministries degree at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminar. He is an active member of the Pastor's Council of Greater Springfield. Our pastor has a passion for music and promoting events; he is the co-founder of Salt and Light ministries, where he uses his professional skills to create social activites that develop a Christian lifestyle. He also has a heart for the community and is one the original members of the Black Men of Greater Springfield.