Church of The Month – April 2019


Pastor Lamont B. Shields, Senoir Pastor of Morningside Church of God in Christ – Pittsburgh PA

Church Mission Statement: The Ultimate purpose of the Morningside Church of God in Christ is to glorify God by evangelizing the lost and nurturing the entire body of Christ; to fulfill the will of God for our personal lives through obedience to the principles of God’s Word and administration of the spiritual gifts. More specifically it is proposed that through committed leadership, we may effectively minister and bring wholeness to people of all nations, color, and life situations, that they might find a haven of rest

The Morningside Church of God in Christ was founded in 1929 by the late Elder Walter R. Shields and Evangelist Beulah Shields and family at Mollenaur, PA; now Bethel Park. After moving into the city of Pittsburgh in 1943, Elder Shields continued his ministryin a storefront on Webster Avenue in the Hill District. After the resignation of Elder O.T. Tillman, Bishop G.E. Vaughn appointed Elder Walter R. Shields to pastor the Morningside Church of God in Christ, where he combined the membership. In 1952, Elder Shields and congregation purchased the property at 5173 Dearborn Street. As the church continued to prosper, the building was redesigned by Elder Shields’ youngest son, Elder Lamont B. Shields into a beautiful edifice.

After the homegoing of Pastor Walter Shields in 1980, Bishop G. E. Vaughn appointed his grandson, Elder Vaughn E. Shropshire as pastor. As the ministry continued to grow, Elder Shropshire was led of the Lord to build the present structure leaving one wall of the original structure. After the homegoing of Pastor Vaughn Shropshire, Bishop Vaughn appointed Dr. Willa M. Johnson, the eldest child of Elder Walter Shields and the mother of Elder Vaughn Shropshire, to pastor the Morningside COGIC. Under her leadership, the church grew in grace, membership and knowledge of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In 2001, the church, under the leadership of Dr. Johnson, was blessed to pay off a $700,000.00 mortgage in seven years, as well as purchase a parking lot, a van and a church house.

In the year of 2004, Dr. Johnson was led of the Lord that her service as leadership of the Morningside Church of God in Christ was accomplished. The officers and members were thankful to God for the appointment of the youngest son of the late founder, Elder Walter R. Shields and Mother Beulah Shields to the sacred office of pastor of the Morningside Church of God in Christ. Elder Lamont B. Shields was appointed and installed by our Bishop James M. Foster, Jurisdictional Prelate of W.PA Churches of God in Christ and affirmed by the entire church body on July 11, 2004.

The mantle of his father, Elder Walter R. Shields has truly been bestowed on him naturally and spiritually. A fresh anointing has overshadowed the church and God has taken it to a higher level of worship and ministry. The pastor, like Paul, continues preaching messages on the Kingdom of God as well as those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Pastor, his wife and family, along with the ministers, officers and the entire church membership, ask for continued fellowship and prayers in the Name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and for the Glory of God.

The Pastor, his wife and family, along with the ministers, officers and the entire church membership, ask for continued fellowship and prayers in the Name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and for the Glory of God.

Pastors Bio: Pastor Lamont B. Shields, the youngest child and son of Elder Walter and Evangelist Beulah Shields’ nine children, is the fourth member of their family to lead this historic congregation. Elder Shields, a graduate of Westinghouse High School, focused his higher learning in the field of Art, attending the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon Institute and graduating with a degree in Commercial Art. After a tour of duty in the United States Army, Sun and Thrift Drug Corporation employed him as a Commercial Artist and Manager of Production for Marketing and Advertising until he retired, having completed more than 40 years of service.

Pastor Shields and his wife of 53 years, Evangelist Mary Shields, are the proud parents of two beautiful daughters: Tania Womack and Lynda Womack of whom they are tremendously proud, along with their husbands Calvin and Christopher. Pastor and Evangelist Shields also have four fantastic grandchildren: Kari, Christopher, Calina, and Alana Womack.

For over 71 years, Elder Shields has been a loyal servant of the Church of God in Christ. His first appointment came at age 10 as secretary of the Young People’s Willing Workers (YPWW), teaching Sunday School and serving as the church musician by age 15. Three years, later, he was minister of music/choir director, organist and church bus driver. He has served as Business Administrator, Chairman of the Trustees, Chairman of Deacons, Chairman of the Executive Administrative Board and Assistant Pastor of Morningside.

Pastor Shields’ service extends beyond the walls of his home church and denomination. As an anointed and accomplished musician, he also served Mt. Ararat Baptist Church Gospel Chorus, Youth and Men’s Choir, the Wesley Center AME Zion Church Choir, the Sixth Mt. Zion Baptist Church Male Chorus, the Miracle Church of God in Christ Radio Choir, the Gospel Sermonaires of Aliquippa, PA, the Robert Henderson Specials, the Gospel Messengers, the Pittsburgh Community Choir, The Marimont Recording Concert Choir and many more. Additionally, he is a board member of the State Ministers and Missionaries Alliance and served on the State Budget Committee, as well as Chairman of the Public Relations Committee and Chairman of the Investigation Committee. Three years ago, he was appointed Superintendent of the Central District of the 1st Jurisdiction of W. PA of the Church of God in Christ.

Pastor Shields has continued being a humble servant since becoming pastor of the Morningside COGIC. Pastor Shields’ passion is that the church would become a beacon in the community, by expanding its territory, demonstrating the love of Christ through our service and support for the community. In Elder Shields’ own words: “My greatest desire is to define, defend and declare the Word of God with all my heart, soul and mind. I will serve my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, until He calls me home.

5173 Dearborn Street, Pittsburgh PA 15224
Phone: 412.361.9865
Email: support@morningside.com

Schedule of Services
Sunday School                                                                                                              9:30 AM
Sunday Morning Worship                                                                                         10:30 AM
Tuesday Prayer                                                                                                      12:100 Noon
Tuesday Evening Prayer & Bible Band                                                                   7:00 PM
Wednesday Evening – Willa M. Johnson School of Bible & Ministry                5:45 PM
Thursday Evening- Willa M. Johnson School of Bible & Ministry                     5:45 PM
Friday Evening- YPWW                                                                                              6:00 PM
Brother’s Keepers -Saturday                                                                                      12-1 PM

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