Rick Joyner is Founder and Executive Director of MorningStar Ministries and Heritage International Ministries and is the Senior Pastor at MorningStar Fellowship Church. Joyner is President of The Oak Initiative, an interdenominational movement that mobilizes Christians to engage in the great issues of our time. He has authored numerous books, including The Final Quest Trilogy, There Were Two Trees in the Garden, and A New America. He is also the Editor of The MorningStar Journal. 
Joyner was born in Raleigh, NC in 1949. At 19 years old, he joined the United States Navy and served for four years (1968-1971). Before entering the ministry full-time in 1987, Joyner worked as a professional aircraft pilot. As of 2013, Joyner has served in ministry for 30 years. He has authored more than 50 books, including a number of Christian bestsellers. He and his wife, Julie, have five children: Anna, Jane, Aaryn, Amber, Ben, and Sam.
MorningStar Ministries is a diverse and expanding international ministry founded by Rick and Julie Joyner in 1985. It began with the biblical mandate of Matthew 24:45-46: “Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes.”
To comply with this mandate, they seek to always serve the Master's household, not be served by it. The ministry motto is: “We will not use people to build our ministry, but we use our ministry to build people.”
One of the primary ways they are called to do this is to provide the household of faith with the highest quality spiritual food that is timely, or “meat in due season.” The goal is to help strengthen the church by helping believers become the strongest Christians possible, and therefore true light and salt in the earth. This is the focus around which every aspect of the ministry revolves.
MorningStar Publications strives to publish well-written and well-presented materials with an important and timely message. Titles are distributed around the world and are translated into more than 40 languages Almost all are distributed far more than the average Christian book, with a high percentage becoming bestsellers.
In 1991 the distribution of a high quality quarterly publication, The MorningStar Journal, was added. Edited by Rick Joyner, with Francis Frangipane and Dudley Hall serving as co-editors, The Journal is devoted to imparting a prophetic vision that is founded on sound biblical teaching, with a broad historical perspective. Articles are included from a wide diversity of historical and contemporary writers who are having, or have had, a significant impact on the church. The Journal continues to grow in popularity and is now distributed to Christian leaders in more than 100 nations and denominations.
MorningStar also distributes audio and video teachings in CD, DVD, and MP3 format. These include some of the most popular Christian teachers and preachers in our time who are having a major impact on the edification of Christians around the world.
Joyner also publishes a Daily Devotional, Word of the Week and occasionally Special Bulletins and Prophetic Bulletins. These are distributed electronically via the MorningStar website, email, and social media.
MorningStar Conferences - In 1990, MorningStar began sponsoring conferences as a way to help equip and train the future leadership of the church. By the end of that decade it was concluded that conferences had actually displaced seminaries as the main educational format for the future leaders of the church.
MorningStar Conferences immediately drew thousands from across the globe and spectrum of the body of Christ. News of them went out so that a registration policy had to be implemented to control the numbers coming to them, as some had traveled from other continents to come and could not get in because of the crowds.
It has been a basic goal for each conference to be better and more effective than the previous ones. To date it seems as if this has been accomplished. Each conference continues to be highly charged with spiritual energy, in-depth teaching and training, as well as miraculous visitations and the power of God. Some of these have been credited with sending waves of refreshing and encouragement throughout the church.
Conferences are a core ministry of MorningStar, like a nuclear critical mass that keeps the fire and energy increasing in every other part of the ministry.
In 2013, Joyner announced that the ministry would no longer call these gatherings conferences. Gatherings would continue, but they would include more training rather than teaching.
Morningstar Fellowship of Churches is the fellowship of local churches. Those involved are committed to the building of the local church as the front line of the battle between light and darkness, while helping “the bride make herself ready” for the coming King. This group is devoted to keeping the edification of the local church as a primary purpose.
The primary goal for every MFC church is to be fruitful and multiply its fruit. The goal is for every church plant to itself begin planting other churches within five years, but most of all to be growing in Christ likeness and doing the works that He did.
Morningstar Fellowship of Ministries was founded to serve three basic parts of the overall vision of MorningStar. First is the equipping, oversight, and support of ministries related to MorningStar. Second is to use the relationship MorningStar has with many different parts of the body of Christ to promote interchange, understanding, and friendship between them. The third is for the mobilizing of spiritual forces for the sake of the gospel.
MorningStar Partners help equip the body of Christ through MorningStar schools, conferences, television shows, and publications. Anyone can become a MorningStar Partner for a regular contribution of any amount with continued contributions to the ministry on a regular basis, whether it is once a month or once a year.
MorningStar Partners receive a monthly newsletter filled with updates on the ministry and reports on how investments in the kingdom are being spent. In these updates, Joyner gives personal and prophetic insights, reports, and stories about members of MorningStar’s leadership team and the reasons behind what decisions are made.
Heritage International Ministries Conference Center is an international conference facility with on-site conference rooms for overnight guests, full service banquet rooms, on-site café and bookstore, and multiple conference venues for weddings, conventions, summer camps, family reunions, Christian retreats and Christian conferences, or a place to get away and relax.
Heritage Communities is a close-knit residential opportunity for active adult Christians and is a major extension of MorningStar’s overall mission to honor fathers and mothers. The goal is to mobilize a body of believers who desire to be engaged in the most enjoyable, fruitful, and productive years of their lives, resulting in the advancement of the kingdom. It is a place of discovering gifts and callings, and for becoming equipped and deployed. The hope is for the Christian active adult community to be among the best and most unique Christian communities anywhere in the world.
The Nehemiah Project is MorningStar's multi-year capital campaign to restore the facilities at Heritage International Ministries as a pivotal, strategic location to equip future generations. The desire is to create a dynamic missions base where Christians can come for restoration, refreshment, training, and be sent out into the world with fire and boldness to accomplish their end-time ministry.
The Oak Initiative is a grassroots movement to unite, mobilize, equip, and activate Christians to be salt and light by engaging in the great issues of our time from a sound biblical worldview. Started by more than 300 Christian leaders from across the spectrum of the body of Christ, Joyner is the group’s president.
The Kingdom Business Association equips Christians in the marketplace as a relationship-based networking and mentoring association. The Association is a platform to connect individual entrepreneurs, kingdom business people, and marketplace leaders within an associative network that allows for accountability, idea exchange, networking, and mutual prayer support.
MorningStar University is a School of Ministry with three major colleges under one umbrella, including the School of Theology and Doctrine, the School of Holy Spirit, and the School of Leadership and Missions. Under these, there are additional focuses such as a School of Worship and the Arts, and Special Forces Missions.
Eagle Missions is the result of Christ’s Mandate for Missions (CMM) and MorningStar Ministries joining forces in 2009. CMM has more than 500 missionary leaders serving around the globe. Many of these leaders have more than 100 churches and two have more than 2,000 churches each in their networks.
Mission Base - Located in Moravian Falls, North Carolina, the Mission Base is designed to be several things: a state-of-the-art communication center for planning, directing, and supporting missionaries and teams in the field, a deployer of disaster response teams; a local church serving the families of MorningStar’s missionary force; and a resting and equipping place for missionaries on furlough. Construction for this facility was completed in 2013.
Zao Water provides wells, springs, and hygiene training to transform communities by providing safe water, education, and hope for people in developing nations. Zao is the spring, wells, and hygiene-training arm for MorningStar Ministries and is now part of MorningStar Missions.
Honor and Awards
Prophetic Perspectives – Joyner hosts a daily M-F show called Prophetic Perspectives where he shares strategic prophetic insights for current events. Airing since 2009, Joyner has hosted guests like: Gen. (Ret.) W.G. (Jerry) Boykin, Bob Jones, Don Potter, Kamal Saleem, and many others.
Years of Living Dangerously – This multi-part television series tells the biggest story of this time: climate change and its impact on people right now in the U.S. and all over the world. This eight-episode series is produced by James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and others. With its cast consisting of many Hollywood actors like Matt Damon, Harrison Ford, Jessica Alba, and Ian Somerhalder, it also features Rick Joyner and his daughter, Anna. (April 2014) 
There Were Two Trees in the Garden (Jan 1, 1986)
The Harvest Trilogy (1989)
The Passover (Dec 1989)
The World Aflame: The Welsh Revival Lessons for Our Times (Sep 1993)
Leadership, Management and the Five Essentials for Success (Jan 1994)
Mobilizing the Army of God (Jan 1996)
Overcoming the Religious Spirit (Combating Spiritual Strongholds Series) (Jun 1996)
Overcoming Witchcraft (Combating Spiritual Strongholds) (Jun 1996)
Three Witnesses (Hall of Faith) (Jan 30, 1997)
The Fire That Could Not Die: The Story of the Azusa Street Revival (Hall of Faith Series) (Jan 30, 1997)
Surpassing Greatness of His Power (Mar 1997)
Courage that Changed the World (Hall of Faith Series) (June 1, 1997)
"Prophetic Vision for the 21st Century: A Spiritual Map to Help You Navigate Into the Future (Oct 25, 1999)
Shadows of Things to Come: A Prophetic Look at God's Unfolding Plan (Apr 10, 2001)
Breaking the Power of Evil: Winning the Battle for the Soul of Man (Oct 1, 2002)
Overcoming Evil in the Last Days (Jan 23, 2003)
Overcoming Confusion (Combating Spiritual Strongholds Series) (Aug 1, 2003)
Overcoming Fear (Combating Spiritual Strongholds Series) (Aug 1, 2003)
Overcoming Racism (Combating Spiritual Strongholds) (Aug 1, 2003)
Overcoming the Accuser (Combating Spiritual Strongholds Series) (Aug 1, 2003)
Courage That Changed the World (Hall of Faith Series) (Aug 2003)
50 Days for a Firm Foundation (50 Day Devotional) (Aug 1, 2003)
A Message to the Glorious Church, Vol. 1: A Verse by Verse Study of Ephesians, Chapters 1-4 (Sep 2003)
A Message to the Glorious Church: A Verse by Verse Study of Ephesians Chapters 5-6 (Volume 2) (Dec 2003)
Delivered from Evil: Preparing for the Age to Come (Aug 2004)
Overcoming the Spirit of Jezebel Audiobook (Sep 1, 2005) by Rick Joyner, Steve Thompson and Francis Frangipane
The Final Quest (Jan 31, 2006)
The Torch and the Sword (Jan 31, 2006)
The Call (Jan 31, 2006)
There Were Two Trees in the Garden (Jan 31, 2006)
The Prophetic Ministry (Jan 31, 2006)
The Journey Begins (Jan 31, 2006)
The Power to Change the World: The Welsh and Azusa Street Revivals (Mar 5, 2006)
The Overcoming Life (Apr 15, 2006)
Epic Battles of the Last Days (May 30, 2006)
The Apostolic Ministry (Jun 1, 2006)
Commissioning (Jan 1, 2007) by Harvest Sound feat. Rick Joyner and Bob Jones
The Harvest (Aug 1, 2007)
When God Walked the Earth (Aug 1, 2007)
Breaking the Power of Evil Expanded Edition with Study Guide (Mar 1, 2008)
Leadership: Power of a Creative Life (Apr 1, 2008)
Visions of the Harvest (Aug 1, 2008)
Taking the Land; Part One (Dec 24, 2008)
Church History; The First Century (Aug 21, 2009)
Unshakable Faith: A 50-Day Journey (Nov 1, 2009)
An Enduring Vision (Apr 1, 2010)
A Prophetic History, Part 1 (Apr 1, 2010)
Overcoming the Spirit of Poverty (Combatting Spiritual Strongholds) (Aug 29, 2010)
Wisdom From Rick Joyner (Sep 1, 2010)
I See A New America (Apr 6, 2011)
Visions of the Harvest, 25th Anniversary Edition (Mar 1, 2012)
The Gospel of Matthew (Jan 1, 2013)
The World On Fire (Jan 2, 2013)
The Book of Acts, The MorningStar Vision Bible (2013)
Paul’s Letter to the Romans, The MorningStar Vision Bible (2013)
Paul’s Letters to the Corinthians, The MorningStar Vision Bible (2013)
The Path (Fire on the Mountain Series) (2013)
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- "About MorningStar Conferences". Retrieved 19 November 2013.
- "About The MorningStar Fellowship of Churches". Retrieved 19 November 2013.
- "About The MorningStar Fellowship of Ministries". Retrieved 19 November 2013.
- "MorningStar Partners". Retrieved 19 November 2013.
- "Welcome to Heritage Christian Conference Center". Retrieved 19 November 2013.
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- "Vision". Retrieved 20 November 2013.
- "Purpose". Retrieved 20 November 2013.
- "About the Kingdom Business Association". 20 November 2013.
- "MorningStar Univeristy". Retrieved 20 November 2013.
- "About Us". Retrieved 20 November 2013.
- "MorningStar and CMM". Retrieved 20 November 2013.
- "MorningStar Missions Vision Statement". Retrieved 20 November 2013.
- "Who We Are". Retrieved 20 November 2013.
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