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Matt Chesnes Lead PastorMatt Chesnes
Lead Pastor

Pastor Matt completed his undergraduate Bible degree at John Wesley College. He went on to earn a graduate degree in ministry from Asbury Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree at Fuller Theological Seminary. He also teaches online undergraduate and graduate classes for Barclay College.

What aspect of Morning Star’s mission most resonates with you?
Connect People — connecting with people I have not known in the past. In that context, I like to discuss what I believe about Jesus.

What is one thing you love about Morning Star attenders?
They’re fun! After Sunday morning services, individuals and families hang out in the gym. Once in a while, I get to play basketball with some of the kids.

What do you love about this community?
I believe the overall attitude of the community is that we want a safe, fun and loving place to live.

What might we be surprised to know about you?
I used to dream of riding a motorcycle to Alaska. My furthest destinations are Colorado, Georgia and Nova Scotia. At one point in my life, the only vehicle I owned was a Yamaha 750 Triple.

What activity refuels and inspires you?
First, playing racquetball. Second, dreaming and discussing what Morning Star could be as a church.

Paul Goodwin Executive PastorPaul Goodwin
Executive Pastor

What aspect of Morning Star’s mission most resonates with you?
Share Hope — sharing the hope of Christ.

What is one thing you love about Morning Star attenders?
Everyone brings his or her own story to the church.

What do you love about this community?
It celebrates small town, Midwestern values.

What activity refuels and inspires you?
Doing yard work — my therapy.

Nick Chesnes Sports & Recreation Pastor

Nick Chesnes
Sports & Recreation Pastor

What aspect of Morning Star’s mission most resonates with you?
Share Hope — because that is my favorite thing about following Jesus. I have found such a hope in Him, I can’t help but want to share it with everyone.

What is one thing you love about Morning Star attenders?
How friendly and supportive everyone is, of not only me, but other ministries here at Morning Star.

What do you love about this community?
The fact that it has a community feel to it. And, you can tell that it really is a special place and has very welcoming people.

What might we be surprised to know about you?
I am actually very introverted, and it gets worse each and every year. I do not thrive in large groups and find it overwhelming at times.

What activity refuels and inspires you?
Sports — whether playing or watching or talking about them with other people.

Jen Edwards Children’s Ministry Director

Jen Edwards
Children’s Ministry Director

What aspect of Morning Star’s mission most resonates with you?
Love Jesus and love others. They are the first and second greatest commandments — God is love. Without love, what is the point of ministry?

What is one thing you love about Morning Star attenders?
The people at Morning Star have a heart to share Jesus with the community.

What do you love about this community?
This community values families.

What might we be surprised to know about you?
I love working with kids, and yet, I am not completely crazy (only mostly). Ok, I guess that’s not really surprising.

What activity refuels and inspires you?
I read whenever I get the chance.

Andy Grubbs Worship Director

Andy Grubbs
Worship Director

What aspect of Morning Star’s mission most resonates with you?
Share Hope and Celebrate Life. There’s too much bad news and pain in life. It’s good to share the hope we have.

What is one thing you love about Morning Star attenders?
Their dedication and willingness to follow God’s direction.

What do you love about this community?
Small town feel. So many connections.

What might we be surprised to know about you?
I don’t like musicals.

What activity refuels and inspires you?
Riding dirt bikes.