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 it's an imperative time to deepen their faith and relationship with Jesus so they can truly rest in whose hands their futures 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 Minister on the staff at Northstar. Visit our leadership page to get to know the rest of the team.

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Posts by Erin Petersen

Joy over circumstance

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If you know me at all you know that I am an emotional person and I think that is putting it lightly. When I asked Andrew, after 12 years of marriage, what surprised him most about me after we had gotten married his response was that I CRY so much. Yes, I am a woman and emotions are a thing, …

No Room

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So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby …

Five sentences

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Summer. Sweet, Sweet Summer. Kids look at summer like sleeping in, pool days and NO SCHOOL. What happens when the first four day’s of summer consisted of rain…RAIN, RAIN, RAIN! It is now the first Monday of summer vacation and after 4 days of a lot of TV and no schedule, mama bear is about to put her good intentions …

One Thursday…

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It all started one Thursday evening… My husband just left for four days, and I got all three kids in bed. Finally I get into my bed. I pull out my book and get three pages in when the dreaded call came… “Hi, this is Brenda with Montgomery County Schools, and you can turn off your alarm clocks because school …

Why I love serving at Northstar: Erin Petersen

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This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series Why I Love Serving at Northstar

Rose-Colored glasses It was a Thursday afternoon, and I was in Jeff’s office with Neal and Jeff. It was to discuss coming on board to the Northstar staff team. There I sat, with no ministry experience, discussing coming on as interim College Minister. I was very confident of who Jesus was in my life but very unsure of what vocational …

New Member Spotlight: Ashley Burris

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This entry is part 16 of 37 in the series New Member Spotlight

Hi, my name is Ashley Burris and I am a junior studying Human Nutrition, Food, and Exercise at Virginia Tech. I was born and raised in Virginia Beach, VA by two loving parents, Dean and Lisa Burris, along with my sister Allison. As an infant, my parents baptized me in the Methodist church, professing that they would raise me to …

A Thrill of Hope

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‘Tis the season to be jolly. Fa la la la la la la la la. There are lights and laughter, there are songs, there are gifts, and there is SANTA. There are many things to look forward to around Christmas and HOPEfully they exceed all expectations. And then there is the countless hours spent this year praying, believing, trusting and …


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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 …