Erin Petersen

Erin grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania then attended Messiah College where she played lacrosse and earned her degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Marriage and Family Counseling. Since then she has been working in the health and fitness field in various positions. She and her husband, Andrew, were living in Baltimore and had just had their first child when they wanted to move away from the city and relocate to Blacksburg. Erin has a heart for college students and is committed to investing in their future. She believes its an imperative time to deepen their faith and relationship with Jesus so they can truly rest in whose hands their future's lie.

Erin enjoys working out, reading, eating Chipotle and Skinny Caramel Macchiato's at Starbucks. Her favorite movie is Braveheart and favorite book is What's So Amazing About Grace? by Philip Yancey. She and Andrew have three children: Harper, Finley and Scout.

Erin is the College Ministry Director on the staff at Northstar. Visit our leadership page to get to know the rest of the team.

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When someone mentions “Nashville” one may think of country music and cowboy boots and may even give a little Yeehaw because, come on, who does NOT like country music? Well, I do NOT like country music or anything that goes along with it, but Nashville, on the other hand does bring about a smile to my face. Some of the …

Connect Olympic Partay

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U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! On Sunday evening, Connect gathered to cheer on the good ol’ USA in the Olympics. I am not sure if everyone was more excited about the Olympics or Sharon Shockley’s little taste of heaven–brownies. First up was the diving. Comments were made as far as, “Wow, look at that tiny splash,” or, “How do they do that …