Leadership
Pastor

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!”

To contact Pastor Davis you can reach him by email:

ddavis@nmschurch.org

 

  

 




Assistant Pastor

Rev. Karl Nero

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New Morning Star M.B. Church Celebrates The Installation of our 

NEW ASSISTANT PASTOR REV. KARL MARVIN 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!

 

 

 




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.