Our Pastors

John Decker

Lead Pastor

The Deckers moved to Centerville in June 2018 and they love serving the people in this area. John is a native of southeast Texas and Mandy grew up in the Cincinnati area. They met as freshmen at Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri where John was studying pastoral ministry and Mandy was studying elementary education. John and his family love hunting, fishing, canoeing/kayaking, archery, basketball and pretty much anything outside. 

John earned his Bachelor’s degree from Baptist Bible College in 2003 and has served in ministry ever since. He also served for many years as a police officer in Springfield, Missouri. God used that time to instill in him a passion and drive to see the lives of people changed with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. John served as Campus Pastor of Baptist Bible College prior to moving to Ohio. During that time he traveled the country speaking at youth camps, churches and conferences where he saw hundreds of people give their lives to Christ. He says that it never gets old seeing lives changed, marriages restored and renewed hope in the lives of others. 

John and Mandy have been married for 18 years and they love doing ministry together while sharing in the joys of raising their three amazing boys: Johnathan, Daniel and Mason.

Contact John: pastor@morningstardayton.org

Ben Hays

Executive Pastor

The Hays' moved to Centerville in December 2018 and enjoy being a part of the community. Ben and Christine grew up in the Cincinnati area. They met in a high school traveling show choir, and the rest is history. Ben loves football, fishing, and North Carolina Basketball. Christine loves crafting, Pintrest, and anything creative. 

Ben earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati in 2011 and began serving in full time ministry in 2016. Ben and Christine are passionate about seeing young people come to know Christ and give their lives to Him at an early age. Music is always on in their house, and they can't help but sing along. Ben leads the worship band at MorningStar and loves hearing the Church sing.

Ben and Christine have been married since 2011 and love investing in others on a relational level. They have a sassy little girl named Penelope, and a sweet, rambunctious boy named Harrison.

Contact Ben: ben@morningstardayton.org

Ryan Claphan

Youth Pastor

Ryan moved to the Centerville, Ohio area in 2020. Ryan was born in Chicago but raised in Kansas City, Missouri. Ryan's passion is youth and helping others grow and enjoy their relationship with Christ. Ryan loves Chiefs football and is always ready to adventure.

Ryan graduated Baptist Bible College with a Bachelor's in Pastoral Studies.

Contact Ryan: ryan@morningstardayton.org