Meet the Leadership

Neil Joseph Ferguson

Assistant Pastor

Morning Star is just the most recent stop on Pastor Ferguson’s long journey of religious commitment.

Ferguson was drawn toward his faith from an early age, accepting Jesus Christ at age 8 during a chapel service. He joined Elim International Fellowship in January 1988, making his presence known initially as a flutist in the music ministry.

His efforts led him to other ministries, including the finance department and the prison ministry. He was confirmed as a deacon at Elim in 1991, and accepted as a member of the Presbytery five years later – where he became a co-celebrant of the Eucharist. His other duties included baptizing and blessing infants.

Ferguson became an ordained pastor in March 2009, and joined Morning Star in 2014. He and his wife Tanisha are the parents of three daughters.

Mary Mitchell


Mary Mitchell is among Morning Star’s tried and truest believers.

She arrived at the Harlem church more than 30 years ago, staying through times good and bad, always motivated by her devotion to the Lord and the congregation. She has worked as both an usher and the church’s secretary, continuing her efforts even after retiring in 2004.

Mitchell is a graduate of Westchester Community College, with an associate’s degree as a physical therapy assistant, and of E.T.C College in Connecticut with an associate’s degree in occupational therapy. She spent 36 years as a therapy assistant at Glen Allen Care Center. In her spare time, she keeps busy cooking and baking – with bread pudding a specialty

She has been married for 54 years to her husband Robert Mitchell, and together they raised two daughters – Cheryl and Toya. Mitchell is also the grandmother of five.

Eric Moore

Associate Pastor

Our Youth Pastor has a heart and mission to love and equip teens.  Specifically, for ages 13 through Millennials, his goal is to provide consistent spiritual support and guidance.  This may include but not be limited to the areas of future planning and life goals, peer pressure issues, social media and image implications, and above all reminding youth that the love of Jesus Christ proves they are already valued and enough.

Christopher Simms

Youth Pastor

Christopher Simms is the son of a pastor, sibling of 12, father of four, husband of one, musician, singer, and songwriter. Christopher has served as a worship leader and drummer for several churches but primarily at his family church, Faith Temple in Harlem, NY. Christopher has lead worship for several special events and conferences including the 2017 Church of God Men’s Breakfast. Which hosted over 500 men and featured Bishop George Bloomer as the guest speaker. Christopher also continues to minister with several groups; Praise Xpressed, Genesis and many more. Christopher has also served as background vocalist for several artists including the incomparable B. Renee on her recent live project, Elder Matthew Greaves & Faith Temple Worship Center and Kristian Rose. As a worship leader, Christopher believes that true worship requires honesty. From which his new single, “Lord I Need You”, was birthed.  In being honest, Christopher has discovered many of his own faults, one being fear. Christopher has realized that fear is the weapon of choice of the enemy. However, the gifts that God has given to us serves as OUR weapon to fight back against the enemy.

Christopher believes that creativity and necessity are the parents of invention. In other words, creation is the answer to a problem. The light bulb is the answer to a darkness problem. The car is the answer to a transportation problem. God is a creator. He is our creator. So, to what problem has He created us to be the answer? God is a God of intent. Whatever He does is intentional. He has placed gifts in us with intention. Christopher believes the gifts are tools meant to be used to repair our portion of the problems of this world. Christopher shied away from the gifts God has given him largely due to fear and comparison. The enemy uses fear and comparison to distract and destroy us. It took almost losing his life three times to finally find his life and purpose. Now he knows that his gift is his weapon. Now he lives life on purpose.

Tanisha Ferguson


Sister Ferguson’s life was changed when she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior as a 12-year-old girl – and received the Holy Ghost four years later.

She is a graduate of the City College of New York in Manhattan, where Ferguson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications. While serving at Elim International Fellowship in Brooklyn, she became a vital cog in the church – working with various auxiliaries such as First Impressions, Media Ministry, Worship Production and Children’s Church.

She also served as director of the Nursery Department. Ferguson, in additions to all those duties, works as a senior coordinator for a finance company. She joined the congregation at Morning Star in January 2015.

She and her husband Neil are the parents of three daughters.

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