Bishop Dwayne C Debnam
Faith, Integrity, Character and Commitment serve as guiding principles for the life and ministry of Bishop Dwayne C. Debnam, the Senior Pastor of the Morning Star Baptist Church in Woodlawn, Maryland.
Born and raised in Baltimore City, Bishop Debnam was called to serve Morning Star in August 1996. Before being called to Morning Star, he served for five years as the Assistant to the Pastor of the New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland under the mentorship and leadership of Bishop Walter Scott Thomas. Bishop Debnam was licensed to preach and ordained into the gospel ministry at New Psalmist.
He is humbly celebrating his 31st year in the preaching ministry.
Bishop Debnams life reflects the God-inspired words of the prophet Isaiah that they that wait upon The Lord shall renew their strength they shall mount up with wings as eagles they shall run, and not be weary and they shall walk, and not faint. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the DeVry Institute of Technology, his Masters of Divinity Degree from Howard University, and his Doctor of Ministry Degree from the Virginia Unions Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology.
He has preached and ministered locally, regionally and nationally always sharing an intensity and passion that points persons to the hope and possibility in Christ.
Technology And Worship: The Phygital Church Is Here To Stay
AFRO Faith Community Correspondent
Many people look forward to going to church on Sunday mornings. They like to hear the choir sing, the preacher preach and to fellowship with others. In March of 2020, with the onslaught of COVID-19, everything changed. For the first time in most peoples lives, the doors of the physical church building were closed. Quarantine mandates made it impossible, and in some cases illegal, to hold large indoor gatherings.
Without in person services, what were church leaders to do? How would the church survive?
Instantly, the church was forced to use technology as its sole medium for worship. Everyone had to stay connected in a virtual way instead of in person. The Rev. Donald Wright, pastor of Gethsemane Baptist Church in Baltimore City said, Prior to the pandemic we were not streaming at all. We have an older congregation and when I arrived at GBC, there was no digital footprint at all for the church. As the church has begun to grow, the need for streaming has increased. The pandemic expedited our move to incorporating streaming and social media into our DNA. Its been a welcomed addition for many but still a learning curve for some. This sentiment is shared by many churches. The pandemic made streaming a necessity and something that needed to be quickly adapted to.
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