We are the result of much prayer and planning with the intent to plant an exciting, relevant church in Quakertown. Morning Star Fellowship in Quakertown had been mothered by Morning Star Fellowship in Bechtelsville, PA, a congregation of about 1,100 pastored by Steve and Liz DeFrain. Both churches are part of the Assemblies of God. In September 2004 we officially started meeting together as a church body.
In April 2004, Quakertown Assembly of God was getting ready for a change. After being part of Quakertown for over 60 years, the church had lost most of its members and was granted Home Missions status by the parent organization, the Assemblies of God. Steve DeFrain, pastor of Morning Star Fellowship Bechtelsville, served on the Home Missions committee of the Assemblies of God and knew of the church’s situation. Morning Star Fellowship Bechtelsville had already mothered several churches in the surrounding area and had a vision to start a new work in the Quakertown area. God’s timing was sovereign for this new venture.
In May 2004, it was agreed upon by the Assemblies of God that Morning Star Fellowship Bechtelsville would be the mothering church of Morning Star Fellowship Quakertown. Pastor Steve DeFrain asked members of his congregation to pray about being a part of the core for this new work. John and Theresa Decker would be the pastors of the new congregation, and Pastor John was given the opportunity to present the vision for Quakertown during three services at Morning Star Fellowship Bechtelsville.
Under the direction of Pastor Paul Wilman, the church was totally renovated to meet ministry needs for today. Many people from Morning Star Fellowship Bechtelsville and other church groups came to help with the project. At times we felt like Nehemiah sitting among the rubble! There seemed to be so much to do in so little time. Finally, on September 5, 2004, Morning Star Fellowship Quakertown held its first service. The service was to be a run-through for those who had agreed to come as part of the new ministry, and 97 people were in attendance. On September 12, 2004, there were 185 people at our first official service.
From 2004 until December 2008, Morning Star Fellowship Quakertown remained on Home Missions status. During this time God was growing His church by 100 attendees per year, ministries were developed, and Sunday mornings grew to three services. In addition, the vision was cast to be a life-giving church in our community, to the broader community, and to be Kingdom-minded through missions giving.
In December 2008, Morning Star Fellowship became a sovereign church with our own executive leadership team. Knowing that God was growing His church, the body unanimously decided to Build for LIFE (Living in Freedom Every day), and our building campaign began in Winter 2011. Our new worship center was completed in 2013.
We are excited about what God has planned for this body of believers. The story and history of Morning Star Fellowship Quakertown will continue to evolve. We ask that you prayerfully consider if God is calling you to be a part of the history-making. Together, may we all find joy and fulfillment in this journey.
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