Dr. Tyrone B. Martin, Pastor/Teacher
Celebrating 92 Years of Service to God!!!
Our Church History
The first black church in Mount Clemens was named Second Baptist Church. It was organized in 1921 by Rev. W. M. Ferrell Sr. Worship services were held at homes until the purchase of a church site at 79 Robertson Street. The founding members present at the historical meeting were: Homer Reed, Neal Woods, Mamie Reed, Elizabeth Benton, Dubbie McFee, Alberta Johnson and Rockie Woods. Second Baptist was renamed Morning Star Baptist in 1930. Pastors called after Rev. Ferrell were Rev. M. H. Hill, Rev. G W. Knox, Rev. W. B. Mozone, Rev. O. E. Kelly, Rev. W. H. Brown, Rev. Paris, Rev. Cannon, Rev. Hughes, and Rev. Phillip Woods. These pastors served a combined total of twenty-one years.
On May 17th, 1942 , Morning Star Baptist Church called the Rev. Jesse Charles Clayborn to be its Pastor/Shepherd. This strong, yet humble man of God served faithfully for 37 years. On October 26, 1952 under leadership of Rev. Jesse Charles Clayborn, the Morning Star Baptist Church became Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church. Under Pastor Clayborn, through the goodness of God and much prayer, sacrifice and hard work, the church grew mightily. Many organizations were added and membership grew. Two new edifices were built. The first building was built on the newly purchased lot at Meadle and Robertson. The dedication was held on the second Sunday in May 1953. The church was incorporated in the State of Michigan April 9, 1954. A dedication service was held on Sunday, June 11th, 1972 for the present edifice. It was at this time we changed the name to what we now hold so dear: The Greater Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church. In 1979, at almost 87 years of age and with failing health, Rev. Clayborn retired as Pastor Emeritus.
Reverend Nathaniel Calhoun was called to pastor Greater Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in the fall of 1979 only to serve a few months in the pastorate capacity.
Dr. J. Douglas Wiley from the New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Flint, Michigan became the pastor of The Greater Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in 1981. Pastor Wiley was a man of great vision. His theme was “A church with a diversified ministry, powerful pulpit, involved laity, where we are committed to Christ and one another.”Under Pastor Wiley’s administration, the church was mightily blessed. Through Pastor Wiley’s vision, the church began to “Go, Glow, and Grow.” In August 1993, Dr J. Douglas Wiley announced his resignation as pastor.
With oversight and direction from Dr. Robert Bailey, Pastor of the Trinity Missionary Baptist Church of Pontiac, a pulpit committee was charged with selecting a new pastor. After much prayer, fasting and seeking guidance from the Holy Ghost, the Lord sent Rev. Kevin E. Stafford, M Div., of the Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church, Los Angeles, California. He accepted the call to GMS on October 1994 and began his Pastorate the first Sunday in January 1995. In March 2000, Pastor Stafford gave his resignation to the Greater Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church.
The Greater Morning Star Church Family called Dr. Tyrone Burgess Martin of Washington, DC on October 26, 2001 to become Pastor/Teacher. Coming from a pastorate at Now Faith Community Baptist Church in Knightdale, NC. He was officially installed on Sunday, March 3, 2002 .
Greater Morning Star remains bold and courageous in the Lord. Under Pastor Martin’s leadership, we are learning that adversity and storms only make you strong if you stand for the Lord. Doing all to stand, we continue to stand, as the foundational fathers stood!
Look How We Have Transitioned In Names and Pastors
1921- Second Baptist Church
1930-Morning Star Baptist Church
1952-Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church
1972-Greater Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church
1921-1942: Reverend W. M. Ferrell, Sr.
Rev. M. H. Hill
Rev. G.W. Knox
Rev. W. B. Mozone
Rev. O. E. Kelly
Rev. W. H. Brown
Rev. Phillip Woods
1942 -1979 Rev. J. C. Clayborn
1979 Rev. Nathaniel Calhoun
1981-1993 Rev. J. Douglas Wiley
1995-2000 Rev. Kevin Stafford
2001-present Dr. Tyrone B. Martin
"The Best Is Yet to Come"