For pastor, Bishop Dwayne C. Debnam, his wife, Dr. Carla J Debnam and the people of Morning Star Baptist Church, Saturday December 16 was a day of excitement and gratitude knowing that a long prayed for day had arrived. Icy roads and cold temperatures proved no match for the anticipation that led to this day. In the build up to this day, the people of MSBC witnessed the Hand of God moving in their midst. In their prior location on Winters Lane, Pastor Debnam led the congregation through rapid growth that also brought growth challenges. Though surrounding property was purchased with the intention to expand to accommodate the increasing membership the neighboring community was not on board. Ultimately this closed the door for MSBC to expand on site. But God. A better site was in the works. It was a vacant car dealership, on the same street as the US Social Security Administration with direct access to two major highways where thousands ride by everyday. Only God. And there would be room, room for people, room for ministries, room for growth & room for cars. God Knows.
Bishop & Lady Debnam preparing to exit Winters Lane location 12/10/17 photo: Robilyn Heath The final exit of Bishop & Lady Debnam, video of Final Benediction is below. photo and video Robilyn Heath
The church purchased the property in 2011 and with minimal construction they were able to move the Renaissance Center to the new site. Founded in 2001, by Lady Debnam, the Renaissance Center provides professional counseling services by counselors who are able to integrate Christianity and the Bible.
Ministers of Morning Star Baptist Church ready to march into new church photo Robilyn Heath l-r Bishop Walter S. Thomas , Lady Carla Debnam and Bishop Debnam preparing to enter the sanctuary photo: Dr. Anthony Brown
The congregation broke ground for the sanctuary in March 2016. In less than two years they were set to march into the new church. Early on that Saturday morning in December, the official church motorcade left the former site on Winters Lane headed for Woodlawn Drive. Following a consecration ceremony, that included the ribbon cutting, Bishop John R. Bryant prayed for and dedicated the Doors of the Church. Lady Debnam said this was her favorite part of the day, opening the doors, walking in and seeing the people file in, because it “meant the doors of the church are open!” To God Be The Glory
Bishop and Lady Debnam entering the Sanctuary photo: Robilyn Heath Inside Inaugural Service at Morning Star Baptist Church new location photo: Robilyn Heath A view of the Beautiful foyer of Morning Star