Dr. Dan Ferrell founded Morning Star Baptist Church in 2001. He graduated in 1977 with Th.D degree from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. Under the administration of Dr. Gail Terrell, he attended Temple Baptist College and later finished his B.A. and M.A. in Biblical and pastoral ministries. In 1992 Pastor Ferrell received a Doctorate from Landmark Baptist College in Hayward, California, under Dr. Lawrence Crawford.


The Lord convicted him of his sins under the preaching of Dr. John Rawlings. He was later converted to Christ in his home and led to the Lord by his saintly mother. In 1968 he was baptized by Dr. Rawlings at Landmark Baptist Temple .

Call to Preach

At the age of 18 after rededicating his life to the Lord, he was troubled for weeks concerning the call to preach. The conviction turned to compulsion which led to surrender and increased assurance that the Lord called him to preach.


In December of 1976 he married Janie Ann. Janie is a born again believer who has been a faithful laborer by Pastor's side. He and Janie have five children and ten grandchildren.


  • 1977-1979 Youth Pastor. Simi Valley, CA. Simi Baptist Temple
  • 1979-1980 Associate Pastor. Glendale, OH. Landmark Baptist Temple
  • 1980-1997 Founder and Pastor. Wilmington, OH. Wilmington Baptist Temple
  • 1992-1997 Founder of Clinton Baptist School. Wilmington, OH.
  • 1983-1999 Founder of Baptist Voice Bible College. Wilmington, OH.
  • 1997-2001 Founder and Pastor. Medford, OR. Rogue Valley Baptist Church
  • 2001-Present Founder and Pastor. West Chester, OH. Morning Star Baptist Church
  • 2002-Present Co-founder of Antioch Baptist College & Seminary
  • Pastor Ferrell also has helped start churches in Xenia, Washington Court House, Ohio, Peru, and the Philippines.
  • He is the author of several books and has taught in several Christian schools.

Bro. Matt Ellis is MSBC's Youth Pastor and is also heavily involved with Lakota Christian School and other ministries. Matt and his wife, Ashley, are heavily involved with the youth group and strive to lead by a Godly example. They have three beautiful children.