Staff


  • Mark Simpson - pastor

    Mark has been at MorningStar since May 2009. Before coming to MorningStar, Mark served various pastoral roles from youth and family ministry to music and administration to Lead Pastor for churches in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Virginia. His education includes Word of Life Bible Institute, Moody Bible Institute (B. A.), Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary (M.A.R., M.Div., Th.M.), 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). Apart from his salvation, they are his greatest source of joy from God. 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

  • Steve Knell - church planter

    Steve and his wife Nichole believe that God has called them to step out of their comfort zone to plant a very unique church.  4LIFE Worship is a church with a vision to disciple men and women who are being released from our state's correctional facilities to not only grow closer to the LORD but to also use their testimonies of God's transforming grace to reach their families, friends, and communities.

    Steve and Nichole have been married for 14 years and have three children, Zachary, Ethan, and Kiersten who have played a significant role in the decision to start this new church.  


    contact Steve: pastor.4lifeworship@gmail.com