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Dr Myrna Myers

GMSAC Board Officer

Officer of the Board conduct member duties, also responsible for Administrator task on all offices within the Church, and the Director of Rejoice Evermore Christian Academy

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Officer of the Board conduct member duties, also responsible for Administrator task on all offices within the Church, and the Director of Rejoice Evermore Christian Academy

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Bishop Philip S. Watkins

Senior Pastor


Striving to keep Jesus first in my life and teach others also.

“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.” Colossians 3:17

Pastor Watkins anointed preaching and teaching ministry has blessed thousands across the country through Fellowship, Revival and Conference services. Truly the anointing destroys the yoke in the lives of those who are blessed to experience of his ministry of Pastor Watkins. Lives are changed through salvation, healing and deliverance.

Philip Steven Watkins was the youngest of five siblings to the late Pastor Charles Clifford and Co-Pastor Bernice Watkins in Columbus, Ohio born July 1955. In 1975 He was introduced to the Apostolic Doctrine at the New Light Church of Christ in Dumfries, VA where the late Bishop Jesse F. and Mother Poultria Pemberton were founders. Bishop Pemberton taught “whatever your hands find to do, do it unto the Lord.” Pastor Watkins was baptized in Jesus’ name, and on Sunday morning, July 17, 1977, he received the joy and power of the Holy Ghost speaking in other tongues as the Spirit of God gives the utterance. In 1980, Elder Watkins acknowledged his call to the ministry and began to teach and preach faithfully at the New Light Church of Christ in Dumfries, VA until Bishop Jesse F. Pemberton went home to be with the Lord.

In 1985, led by the Lord he began attending The Greater Morning Star Pentecostal Church in Washington, DC under the pastoral ministry of Bishop Ramsey N. Butler. Bishop Charles Johnson succeeded Bishop Butler after Bishop Butler became ill. Both of their testimonies greatly increased Pastor Watkins’ perception of the purpose of ministry and of the need to minister the Word effectively through discipline, preparation and consideration of others as well. 1986 Elder Watkins was licensed in the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World and later graduated with his Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from the Aenon Bible College, Inc. of Indianapolis, IN. By the grace of God, Pastor Watkins remained faithful and matured in the Lord. Moreover, on March 29, 1997, Pastor Watkins was united in holy matrimony with Sister Gwendolyn Arnold of Washington, DC. And the Lord has blessed them with a beautiful daughter Emily Ross Watkins on April 11, 2008.

In 2000, Elder Watkins was appointed by Bishop Johnson to start a church in Fairfax County, VA. The Greater Morning Star Apostolic Church was established on June 5, 2000 with its inaugural service on July 2, 2000 at the Mark Twain Middle School in Fairfax, VA. The vision for the Greater Morning Star Apostolic Church is none other than what Pastor Watkins has learned: “Keep Jesus First.”

On Sunday, July 4, 2010, the Greater Morning Star Apostolic Church celebrates its 10th Church and Pastoral Anniversary. For the past ten years, the Greater Morning Star Apostolic Church, worshipping at the Mark Twain Middle School in Alexandria, VA, continues in the faith as Pastor Watkins exhorts all people to repent, to be baptized in JESUS’ name for the removal of sins, to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost and to walk in holiness.

Having obtained help of God, Pastor Watkins faithfully proclaims the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ throughout the country.

Keep Jesus First

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Striving to keep Jesus first in my life and teach others also.

“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.” Colossians 3:17

Pastor Watkins anointed preaching and teaching ministry has blessed thousands across the country through Fellowship, Revival and Conference services. Truly the anointing destroys the yoke in the lives of those who are blessed to experience of his ministry of Pastor Watkins. Lives are changed through salvation, healing and deliverance.

Philip Steven Watkins was the youngest of five siblings to the late Pastor Charles Clifford and Co-Pastor Bernice Watkins in Columbus, Ohio born July 1955. In 1975 He was introduced to the Apostolic Doctrine at the New Light Church of Christ in Dumfries, VA where the late Bishop Jesse F. and Mother Poultria Pemberton were founders. Bishop Pemberton taught “whatever your hands find to do, do it unto the Lord.” Pastor Watkins was baptized in Jesus’ name, and on Sunday morning, July 17, 1977, he received the joy and power of the Holy Ghost speaking in other tongues as the Spirit of God gives the utterance. In 1980, Elder Watkins acknowledged his call to the ministry and began to teach and preach faithfully at the New Light Church of Christ in Dumfries, VA until Bishop Jesse F. Pemberton went home to be with the Lord.

In 1985, led by the Lord he began attending The Greater Morning Star Pentecostal Church in Washington, DC under the pastoral ministry of Bishop Ramsey N. Butler. Bishop Charles Johnson succeeded Bishop Butler after Bishop Butler became ill. Both of their testimonies greatly increased Pastor Watkins’ perception of the purpose of ministry and of the need to minister the Word effectively through discipline, preparation and consideration of others as well. 1986 Elder Watkins was licensed in the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World and later graduated with his Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from the Aenon Bible College, Inc. of Indianapolis, IN. By the grace of God, Pastor Watkins remained faithful and matured in the Lord. Moreover, on March 29, 1997, Pastor Watkins was united in holy matrimony with Sister Gwendolyn Arnold of Washington, DC. And the Lord has blessed them with a beautiful daughter Emily Ross Watkins on April 11, 2008.

In 2000, Elder Watkins was appointed by Bishop Johnson to start a church in Fairfax County, VA. The Greater Morning Star Apostolic Church was established on June 5, 2000 with its inaugural service on July 2, 2000 at the Mark Twain Middle School in Fairfax, VA. The vision for the Greater Morning Star Apostolic Church is none other than what Pastor Watkins has learned: “Keep Jesus First.”

On Sunday, July 4, 2010, the Greater Morning Star Apostolic Church celebrates its 10th Church and Pastoral Anniversary. For the past ten years, the Greater Morning Star Apostolic Church, worshipping at the Mark Twain Middle School in Alexandria, VA, continues in the faith as Pastor Watkins exhorts all people to repent, to be baptized in JESUS’ name for the removal of sins, to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost and to walk in holiness.

Having obtained help of God, Pastor Watkins faithfully proclaims the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ throughout the country.

Keep Jesus First

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Gwendolyn L. A. Watkins

First Lady

[ Pastor's Name ] was appointed to serve as Greater Morning Star Apostolic Church's Senior Pastor [ Date ]. Prior to that, he served as [ Title ] of [ Church Name ] in [ City, State ].

The attributes that best describe [ Pastor's Name ] as a pastor are strong preaching, leadership development and counseling. He has expressed a burning desire to lead a church like Greater Morning Star Apostolic Church where biblical views are embraced and encouraged, with members who care about the needs of those around them and who want to connect others to the body of Christ. [ Pastor's Name ] takes worship and preaching very seriously, spending the first hours of his day focused on Bible study.

He graduated from [ College Name ] in [ Year ] with a degree in [ Insert Degree ].

[ Pastor's Name ] has been happily married for [ Insert Years ] to his wife, [ Wife's Name ]. They have [ Number of Children ]: [ Insert Children's Names ].

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[ Pastor's Name ] was appointed to serve as Greater Morning Star Apostolic Church's Senior Pastor [ Date ]. Prior to that, he served as [ Title ] of [ Church Name ] in [ City, State ].

The attributes that best describe [ Pastor's Name ] as a pastor are strong preaching, leadership development and counseling. He has expressed a burning desire to lead a church like Greater Morning Star Apostolic Church where biblical views are embraced and encouraged, with members who care about the needs of those around them and who want to connect others to the body of Christ. [ Pastor's Name ] takes worship and preaching very seriously, spending the first hours of his day focused on Bible study.

He graduated from [ College Name ] in [ Year ] with a degree in [ Insert Degree ].

[ Pastor's Name ] has been happily married for [ Insert Years ] to his wife, [ Wife's Name ]. They have [ Number of Children ]: [ Insert Children's Names ].

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