Pastor Jack Abeelen was born in The Hague, The Netherlands and raised in Holland. When he was seven he came to the United States and lived in Michigan and Louisiana until finally settling in Southern California. He was raised in a Catholic home and attended parochial school from elementary through high school.

At the age of 18, in 1972, Jack came to know the Lord in the home study of a friend (which he later took over and began leading). In 1980 Jack was given the opportunity to join a church staff as an assistant pastor. Five years later, in 1985, Morningstar Christian Church in Whittier, California was born out of a home fellowship that began in 1984 with just two couples.

Pastor Jack’s gift of teaching is clearly seen in the easy and yet relative way he communicates the Word of God. His desire is that those who hear his message might turn to the God who loves them and His only Son, Jesus Christ, who He sent to save them from their sins.

Jack and his wife Debbie have two sons, Jacob and David and five grandchildren. When not serving his fellowship he likes to golf and bike. Pastor Jack says that Leviticus 10:1-2 has helped him to remain focused and given him wisdom in the ministry. Pastor Jack’s encouragement to new believers is, “Become convinced that God’s Word is just that, and act accordingly!”