Rev. DeWayne F. Davis Sr.

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Rev. DeWayne F. Davis Sr. serves as the Pastor of New Morning Star M.B. Church on the Westside of Chicago for over 18 years. His encouraging and practical expository preaching and teaching is a blessing to God’s people. With over 30 years of ministry experience, he inspires others to grow in their relationship with God by assisting them to practically apply the Word of God in their lives.

Pastor Davis is a graduate of Westinghouse High School; attended the University of Illinois (Chicago Circle) and later pursued an education at Crossroads Bible College of Indianapolis, IN. He is currently pursuing a degree at Trinity Bible College and Seminary.

He has served in several churches throughout the years as a musician, choir director, and Assistant Pastor. In 1989 he moved to Indianapolis, IN to serve as the first African-American Director of Urban Ministries of Central Indiana Youth for Christ. He is also the Founder and Executive Director of Urban Outreach, Indianapolis, IN.  In 1995 he was appointed Assistant Pastor of Berean Bible Church of Indianapolis under the leadership of Pastor Charles Simmons Sr. In 1997 he planted Triumph Community of Indianapolis, IN. Four years later in 2001, he returned to Chicago to serve as the Pastor of New Morning Star M.B. Church.


Born and raised on the Westside of Chicago, IL Pastor Davis has been married to his gorgeous wife 1st Lady Vanessa for 33 years and is the father of 3 sons: DeVawn; DeWayne Jr. Chaz, and 2 daughters: Lynnessa and Latrice. He loves spending time with his wife and family; studying the Word; a singer, songwriter, and musician he enjoys all genres of music; a very jovial individual who loves comedy and just having a good time with people. As a writer and author, he has published his first book, The Topical Book of Proverbs: Wisdom at Your Fingertips (Outskirts Press). One of his favorite phrases you’ll often hear him say is, “I’ve never gotten over my salvation!”

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Assistant Pastor

Rev. Karl Nero

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Rev. Karl Marvin Nero hails from the southside of Chicago. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and trained to become a professional pilot. While at Illinois, many accomplishments occurred. Inspired by men like Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and Justice Thurgood Marshall, Karl joined Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and learned many leadership skills as a young college student.


It was in college that he also began dating Melanie Dawson in August 1997. They married in 2003 and now have three remarkable children: Kaleb 13, Madison 11, and Morgan 9.


Professionally, Karl was a flight instructor at the U of I for nearly 3 years before relocating to Chicagoland. He is currently a Captain and Designated Line Check Airman at SkyWest Airlines and is based at the busy Chicago O’Hare International Airport. He instructs and evaluates pilots according to the company standards and procedures.


Karl was an active child at church growing under the watch of Rev. Dr. Edwin Simmons of New Friendship MB Church. After marrying Melanie, He joined New Morningstar MB Church in 2003 and served on the Youth Ministry (GOD Squad) staff from 2003-2008. Other areas of ministry have been the Evangelism Ministry, Sunday School, Choir, and Praise Team. He is currently the Director of the Men’s Ministry and the InReach Visitors’ Team.


Karl began training under Pastor DeWayne F. Davis, Sr. in 2013, preached his 1stsermon in April 2014, and was ordained in September 2016. He obtained a Masters Degree in Theology from Moody Theological Seminary in May 2018. One of his favorite Scriptures is Romans 8:31, “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (NIV)


When Karl has free time, he likes to sleep, spend time with his family, go to the movies, and bowl!




Melanie was born and raised outside of Chicago in Broadview IL. Her parents Larry and Mattie Dawson met in New Morning Star M.B. Church Choir and she has been a member of New Morning Star all her life. Many childhood memories are filled with Reverend Morris, long Sunday Services, Wednesday night prayer meeting, Sunday School, Easter speeches and Youth Ministry.


Melanie met Karl 22 years ago on the campus of University of Illinois. While at college Melanie became a member of Alpha Kappa Sorority Inc. and later graduated with a undergraduate degree and then a Master's Degree in Human Resources and Labor Relations from the same institution. Melanie has worked professionally in Human Resources for over 15 years and currently works in HR for a municipal government in the West Suburbs. Karl and Melanie have been married over 16 years it is her honor to be Karl's helpmeet and she cherishes the opportunity to support him and serve God's people. Melanie serves on the Sister 2 Sister Women's Ministry staff, InReach Ministry, Announcements team. The ministry she most enjoys is partnering with Karl to raise their children:


The oldest Kaleb Nero is 13 years old and an honor student in 8th grade. Kaleb plays basketball runs track and plays the trumpet in his school band. Kaleb is a sports enthusiast who loves to play video games and being a big brother. He looks forward to Sunday school and is also active in the children's ministry.


Madison Nero is 11 years and in 6th grade. Madison loves to dance and takes classes in Ballet, Jazz and Intro to Contemporary with Leap of Faith Arts Ministry an organization that believes in using talents to glorify God. Madison also loves to read and can always be found with a book nearby.


Morgan Nero is 9 years old and in the 4th grade. Morgan also does ballet and enjoys tumbling and gymnastics. Morgan loves playing with the Simba the family pet as well as telling or hearing a good joke.


While Karl and Melanie are proud of the accomplishments their children make in the classroom and extra-curricular activities the greatest desire is for their children to know and love the Lord and to walk in the purpose for which he created them as it says in 3 John 1:4:Ihave no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in the truth.


Associate Minister

Rev. Collis B. Smith

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Rev. Collis Smith serves as one of our associate ministers whose current responsibilites include Youth Pastor, teaches the Adult Sunday School, Wednesday evenings and conducts the New Member Orientation Class. Ordained in 1997 under the leadership of former Pastor Marion Morris Jr.,  Rev. Smith is married to his wife Monique and have 2 boys; Armani and Christian.

Minister In Training

Minister James Gentry

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Minister James Gentry preached his first sermon on June 10, 2010 entering into the Gospel Ministry at NMS. Minister Gentry currently serves as the Childdren's Ministry Director and Assistant Teen Sunday School Teacher. Minister Gentry is married to his wife Ericka and have 4 sons.... and one daugher Cierrae.