Morning Star Baptist Church has become one of the fastest growing churches in greater Boston. The church was founded on June 14, 1965 by a handful of parishioners who held their initial worship services in the home of its first Pastor, the Rev. James Meadows. At this time, our beloved Mother Richardson, inspired by scripture, gave the church its name. Morning Star was officially established in August of 1965. From its humble beginnings, the church has grown to be a well known, highly regarded, full gospel assembly of over 1800 members.
Morning Star’s history is highlighted by its growth, expansion and community leadership. The church has experienced steady growth during its history. Soon after being established, the members of Morning Star outgrew space they began in and moved to 19 Stratton Street in Dorchester. In 1967, the church required a move to larger temporary quarters on 76 Glenway Street, Dorchester. Further expansion of the congregation necessitated a move in 1968 to 133 Harrishof Street, Roxbury. This sanctuary, which had once been a Jewish synagogue, met the needs of Morning Star until 1976. While the church had experienced several changes in leadership, Morning Star continued its steady, incremental growth. No longer a church that merely served the immediate neighborhood, Morning Star attracted people from various Boston communities. Again the church recognized the need for a larger sanctuary, so in 1976, while Rev. Walter Stevenson was serving as Pastor, Morning Star relocated to its present location at 1257 Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan.
Bishop John M. Borders, III is the visionary and Senior Pastor for Morning Star Baptist Church, located in Boston, MA. Bishop Borders started his pastoral ministry in 1981.
He has become well known for his unique style in expounding the Scriptures, making them come alive to a multitude of audiences and is the author of, “Unlikely Blessings: Discovering Happiness through the life of Joseph,” published by PostHill Press in March of 2014. Bishop Borders is a spiritual father and mentor to ministers and pastors across the country.
He was the first African American chaplain of Suffolk County Jail in Boston. Additionally, he helped improve Black and Jewish relations during the 1990’s.
Bishop Borders holds a diploma in Religion from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and has studied at Boston University, School of Theology and Eastern Nazerene College. He also holds honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees from St. Thomas Christian College in Jacksonville, Florida and Maryland Theological Seminary of Baltimore, Maryland.
Bishop Borders has been married to First Lady Sandra Elizabeth (McBride) Borders for 35 years and is the proud father of three children Leylana, Min. John Matthew IV (Francisca), and Brittany (Brandon), also three grandchildren Madison, Bailey and John V.