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Morgan, Evan, Lindsay, Grace, Allie

A Global Vision for the Glory of God - Joshua Pegram
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The Sufficiency of the Word of God - Joshua Pegram
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The Life-changing Power of the Gospel - Joshuah Pegram
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The Active Ministry of the Holy Spirit - Joshua Pegram
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Authentic, Growing Community - Joshua Pegram
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Joshua Pegram, Lead Pastor

Joshua, Liz, and their kids arrived in Rockford in 2014. After serving for several years on the staff of a church in Greenville, SC, the Lord led Joshua to Morning Star as our lead pastor. The Pegram family loves the body of Christ here. Joshua likes to spend time with people, play (and watch) sports, and read. But most of all, he is passionate to make Christ known and is convinced that God works in the world today primarily through the local church. Joshua preaches to exalt Jesus Christ, to make the Word of God clear, and to see lives changed by the power of the Spirit. 

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What to Wear

We have a diversity of people attend our services and are thankful for a congregation with a variety of dress.


You'll find anything from very casual jeans and t-shirts to polos and slacks to suits. We encourage you to come as you are.


We are thankful to have a congregation with many children. We encourage all parents to train their children to worship as part of the church. We provide nursery for children up to age 2 for the entire worship service and dismiss children ages 3-8 for children’s church before the sermon. Some children remain in the service the entire time, and we welcome their presence.

Sunday School

On Sunday morning at 9:30am we come together for Sunday School for all ages, where we learn topically about God’s Word and its application to all areas of life. Following Sunday School, we have about a 20-minute break with light refreshments and good conversation before our morning worship service begins at 10:30am.

For an idea of the kinds of songs we sing, we've attached a Spotify playlist.


​​We sing a blend of lyrically rich songs both recent and historic. Those of us who are comfortable with music from one particular era have discovered that we come to enjoy other songs we had not previously encountered.


We strongly prefer congregational singing, which emphasizes the gathered body enthusiastically singing praise to God with one voice. Some Sundays we sing with piano, guitar, and drums, and others we sing with just piano accompaniment.

Format of Service

Our service is intentional, in that it follows a deliberate order of worship, but it’s not formal in style. We sing several songs, offer congregational and pastoral prayers to God, hear Scripture read, and give our offerings and tithes.


Preaching at Morning Star is generally expositional, meaning that it seeks to systematically work through passages of Scripture, declaring the point of a particular Biblical passage, with practical application rooted in the redemptive story of Scripture. Sermons usually last around 45 minutes and are packed with material for reflection. Our sermon series regularly alternate between the Old and New Testaments. All preaching is driven by the Gospel, the Bible’s main message of God saving sinners through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

After the Sermon

After a few moments of silent response and reflection, we close each morning worship service with a celebration of the Lord’s Supper, followed by a benediction. A typical service finishes around 12 noon. An hour later, you might still find folks talking over the sermon and events of the past week.