Our Ministries

Expressions of Praise

Expressions of Praise is the dance ministry at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church. The mission of the ministry is to give God praise and glory while ministering to God's people through dance.


Born from a vision that God gave Lorraine Mack, Expressions of Praise was formed in May of 1996. Its original members included Lorraine, Janna, Chelsea, Danielle and Angela (Nikki). The first song they ministered to in dance was Conquerors by Kirk Franklin.

Under the leadership of Reverend Gino Austin, Expressions of Praise grew to over 20 members. Over the years, their membership has decreased and increased to include members of all ages.

Expressions of Praise was blessed to be under the pastoral leadership of Pastor David Goins in 2000. Lorraine handed the ministry over to Janna and Danielle in 2005 to move out of state, returning in 2014.

They have ministered throughout the Midwest at numerous churches and events. Expressions of Praise was blessed to be a guest at Six Flag St. Louis gospel fest twice. They have ministered to nearly 100 songs and helped usher in the presence of God in many services.

With currently five active members, Expressions of Praise is not discouraged by the quantity, but excited about a new move of God and the quality of the ministry.


Expressions of Praise ministers during morning worship every 4th Sunday of the month.  If you are interested in joining Expressions of Praise, please reach out to Lorraine @501-529-1124 for more details.


Usher Board
Meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm

We are doorkeepers in the house of God; hosts and hostesses of the church who play an important role in making he service a success.

President - Mary Buckley
Vice President - Warner Henderson
Secretary - Ann Scott-Jordan
Assistant Secretary - Alonzo Johnson
Treasurer - Mary Reams
Chaplain - Terry Pearson


Mothers & Deaconess
Meets the Saturday before the first Sunday of each month at 12:00pm


Meets the second Saturday of each month at 11:00am


Deacons & Trustees
Meets the second Monday of each month at 5:00pm in the financial office.

Effective Trustees will function as Christian stewards of the property God has entrusted to the congregation.  This includes supervising and maintaining both the physical property and the gifts made to the congregation so that the ministries of the congregation can be effective and all legal requirments related to the property are satisfied.

Chairperson - Annette Williams
Antonio Wellmaker
Minister Cedric Mack
James Reams
Brad Malone
Robert Ballinger



Scholarship Committee
The scholarship is for qualified high school graduates who are active members of Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church.  The amount of the scholarship is based upon available funds.

Committee Members:
Mary Buckley
Pastor David Goins
Warner Henderson
Betty Hughes
Ann Scott-Jordan


Feed The Hungry Ministry
Meetings are held the first Saturday of each month at 10:00am.

Feedings are held the Saturday before the fourth Sunday of each month.

Feed the Hungry Ministry are the hands and feet of our heavenly Father.  We provide a hot meal for all who will come on the Saturday before the fourth Sunday of every month.  We also hae donated clothing that is laid out for the taking.  We serve about 75 people every month.  It's not a gift from us to others, but rather a gift from our Father to everyone who is willing to come and partake.  God has sustained this ministry for the past 4 years and we continue to see God move by having other churches, organizations and non-members join hands with us as we do God's will.

If you have a heart to serve, we can alwasys use more hands to be a part of this effort.


Service Times & Location

Sunday School 9:00am
Sunday Morning Worship 10:30am
Wednesday Bible Study 7:00pm

1 East 6th Street
Alton, IL 62002

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