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Dr. Earl J. Ward, Pastor
Star Bethel Missionary Baptist Church
On behalf of Star Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, I want to welcome you to our website. It is our intention that this website will provide you with helpful information about what God is doing here at Star Bethel.  

Our wide range of ministries provide many different opportunities to be involved and to help others. We believe that God has gifted His people to use their gifts and talents to serve Christ and His Church.  

So, as you browse our website, we hope that you will see that Star Bethel is about people; people from different backgrounds, but united together through Jesus Christ.

Dr. E. J. Ward


Dr. Ward, understanding his call, is equipped to do the work of the ministry. He holds an AA Degree in Business Administration, a BA, Master’s, and Doctorate Degrees in Theology. He also studied music in college and has a passion for excellence in the music ministry. Additionally, Dr. Ward served as president and director of the Star Bethel choirs.  

After graduating from McClymonds High School, in Oakland, and attending Merritt Junior College, Dr. Ward enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps, where he served his country for 2 years. He spent 13 months in Viet Nam and was honored with a Purple Heart after being wounded on Easter Sunday in 1967 while in combat in the Viet Nam War. 

A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, born to Edward Ward, Sr. and Hattie H. Gray; he accepted Christ and was baptized at the age of 5 on Easter Sunday in New Orleans. Dr. Ward acknowledged and accepted his calling into the Gospel ministry on January 12, 1980 and was licensed to preach in April of 1980. Dr. Ward was ordained in April of 1983 by Dr. C. Cedric Claiborne in Oakland, California.  

Dr. Ward is passionate about proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ, making the Word of God relevant in the lives of believers, and building the Kingdom of God in the congregation and community.

Office Hours:
Tuesday & Thursdays
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
A Word From Our Pastor
Dr. Earl Ward, A Committed Warrior!

Dr. Earl Ward was called to the pastorate of the Star Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in 2008. While serving at Star Bethel, he has provided faithful, compassionate, and committed leadership that has led to the spiritual and physical reviving of Star Bethel. Dr. Ward organized many workshops, prayer sessions, leadership seminars and numerous revivals to encourage spirituality within the congregation and to inspire continued growth and development as disciples. His passionate and visionary leadership has also led to the completion of an on-going building project, which includes the installation of elevators and completely remodeling the second floor dining room, kitchen facilities, and bathrooms…to the glory of God!