Pastor Tony BYRD

Lead Pastor

After enjoying several terrific years in local church youth ministry, in May of 2000, Tony and Heather Byrd stepped into God’s ultimate calling on their lives, launching MorningStar Church in Tampa, FL.  Since then, God has blessed MorningStar in extraordinary ways, growing this ministry from a small handful of people (there was a grand total of 6 in that first Bible study!) to a thriving, joyful church family whose impact is felt throughout our city, and even around the world.


To prepare for his calling, Tony attended Lee University in Cleveland, TN, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Education (1991).  Then 3 years later he completed a Master of Divinity at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary.  Beyond that, Tony and Heather are the ridiculously proud parents of Caroline Banegas (and husband Arvin), Ellis, Gillian, and Jin.  In addition, they both enjoy music, sports, working out, traveling, reading, and spending quality time with that incredible family we just mentioned.


Oh, and they do love the people of MorningStar Church, as well as the great city of Tampa.  And they’d be delighted to meet you sometime.  Come see us!

Pastor Peter Bonanno

Associate pastor

Peter has a passion to raise up and release leaders to serve in their gifts and calling as well as helping teams of leaders collaborate to fulfill the great commission.  He believes that the local church is called to live missionally and join God in reaching the world.  In this current season, as associate pastor, he is excited to serve the MorningStar church family and help to move us into a new future fulfilling our unique kingdom contribution in the Tampa area.


Both Peter and Lisa have hearts to encourage, equip and empower others.  For several years, Peter served as a District Supervisor with the Foursquare church for overseeing close to 200 churches within 15 states.  He and Lisa Bonanno pastored for over 25 years, planting and establishing Grace Capital Church in New Hampshire with over 1400 members and three campuses.


He has his undergraduate degree from Oral Roberts University and a master’s degree in Strategic Leadership from Life Pacific University.  Peter enjoys traveling to new places, reading, riding his Vespa in the warm weather.  He and his wife Lisa also have a knack for renovating and designing homes and have three Airbnb’s that they love to use hosting people from around the world.  They have three grown children: Caleb (31), Jorden (29), and Gabby (26) as well as a mini-Bernadoodle pup named Benny.