Greater Morning Star Apostolic of WIlmington, NC can trace its history over 2,000 years ago when the Spirit of God, the Holy Ghost fell upon 120 souls in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2). Since then, many believers came to know Christ through the establishment of Church plants. In 1935 a small church plan was organized by Sis. Amelia Williams and shortly thereafter pastored by then Elder Ramsey N. Butler in 1936. The Church grew rapidly in the first 10 years of existence--to accommodate the growth of the church family, Bishop Butler lead a church project to build a new sanctuary located at 4417 Dix Street, N.E., in Washington DC. Bishop Butler continued to preach the gospel and many more souls were added to the church, which forced Bishop Butler into a large-scale building project. In 1980, the building project was completed and the name of the church was changed from Morning Star Pentecostal Church to Greater Morning Star Pentecostal Church.
Before Bishop Butler retired as pastor, God impressed upon him to find a new pastor, and by majority of vote, in 1986 Elder Charles Johnson was elected and installed as the new pastor.Having a love for outreach and a desire to spread God’s Word to other areas, Pastor Johnson sent out one of his sons in the gospel to begin a work in St. Mary’s County. The tent went up and souls were reached for the Lord. This would be the beginning of the establishment of six new churches from Maryland to South Carolina. In 1996, Pastor Johnson was consecrated to the Board of Bishops at the National Convention of the PAW. He served as the Diocesan of the 42nd Episcopal District in Togo, West Africa, 8th Episcopal District in Iowa, Nebraska and Wyoming, and 17th Episcopal District of the D.C., Delaware and Maryland State Council. He continues to be a strong voice in the PAW as he stands for the foundational truths of the Apostolic doctrine following the mandate of Jude 1:3, “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” Being a leader in the organization has not diminished his work at his local assembly. Under his leadership the church has grown to over 1,200 and relocated to Largo, MD in September 2007. The new 1,500 seat edifice is located on 50 acres and is the first phase of development for the property.
Through much prayer and fasting, God led Bishop Johnson to form and organize a unified body of believers to fulfill our heavenly mandate of reconciling the lost back to Christ. Therefore he established the Apostolic Faith Fellowship International in November 2012. Bishop Johnson is the husband of one wife, Sister Sheila Yvonne Chamberlain, the two joining in Holy matrimony on August 19, 1978. God has blessed this union with four beautiful children: Charles, Jr., Michael, Lawrence, and Lora.
Bishop Johnson has established seven Greater Morning Star churches located in, Lexington Park, MD, Annapolis, MD, Laurel, MD, Evergreen, NC (now Wilmington, NC), Alexandria, VA and Lake City, SC (now Florence, SC). Bishop Long continues the rich heritage and legacy of the Greater Morning Star churches, compelling men to heed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. With God's help, Bishop Long will remain a voice crying out in the wilderness.
The Late Bishop Ramsey N. Butler
Bishop Charles E. Johnson, Sr.