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!