MorningStar Fellowship churches are located in these South Carolina locations: Fort Mill, Boone, Hickory, Wilkesboro, Wilmington, and Winston.
The MorningStar Fellowship at Fort Mill, South Carolina, is located at what once was Heritage Village, USA — home of PTL Ministries, led by Jim and Tammy Bakker.
Founder Rick Joyner, 55, who spoke for more than an hour Sunday, said he’s determined to learn from the mistakes of Bakker, whose ministry crumbled because of a sex-and-money scandal.
Joyner also acknowledged that it will take the community time to understand and trust his church.
“We’re going to be under scrutiny for a long time,” said Joyner. “Trust is something that has to be earned. It doesn’t happen overnight.”
Joyner, who founded the church in 1995, said other churches are considering moving to the property. He hopes MorningStar helps area churches grow.
“The main thing is that people don’t leave talking about us,” he said. “We want people who leave here closer to God than when they first came in.”
The site, near Fort Mill’s Regent Park, includes a 500-room hotel, Main Street shops, an 1,800-seat conference center and an unfinished 21-story tower.
The church bought the property for $1.6 million from Fort Mill developer Earl Coulston of Coulston Enterprises, who plans to build commercial property and housing on 900 acres.
– Source: Religion returns to ex-PTL site, The Herald, USA, Dec. 6, 2004