Matt Kesler

Matt comes to us from Richmond, Virginia. He has lived in the Short Pump area and currently lives with his family in Mechanicsville. He graduated from Virginia Tech this past spring with a degree in Business Management. Matt says he enjoys any kind of sports, as well as hiking, camping, campfires, boating, and spending quality time with friends.

During his time at Virginia Tech, he spent two years involved with Cru, then worked with Young Life College during his final two years. He has a passion for global missions and says he is super excited to begin his time with us at Northstar!

Matt is the Youth 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 Matt Kesler

When Jesus Asks Us to Follow Him

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This past week, I spent time reading over the story of Philip and Nathanael in John 1:43-51. This must’ve been a passage I skimmed through in the past, because it really sank in this go around. For those of you not familiar with this story, let me set the stage. Jesus has begun his ministry by first selecting men to follow …

My Take on the First Day of School

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I know people joke a lot about me being so young, but in all reality, they are right. It was 6 years ago, around this time, that I began my senior year of high school. As I see the hustle and bustle around Blacksburg with new Virginia Tech students moving in as well as Montgomery County Schools beginning, I couldn’t …

Crossroads Camp Final Update

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I can’t believe that the week is already over! As I’m sitting back in Blacksburg reflecting on what the Lord did this past week, I am so humbled that he allowed myself and our wonderful leaders to be a part of it. As we transition back into the real world, my prayer is that students wouldn’t forget the decisions that …

Crossroads Camp Day 3

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A parent texted me the other day saying that a “heat wave” was hitting the Carolinas and I responded by saying “we’re definitely feeling it.” Even with the hot temperatures and high humidity, the students are having an incredible time! Sharie King led our morning breakout session and she talked about what it looked like for us to eliminate distractions …

Crossroads Camp Day 2

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I can’t believe that this day is already over but it was another exciting and PACKED day! After a brief night of sleep, we gathered together for breakfast and a few morning worship services! From my two roommates, I got to hear a story of my wonderful sleep talking skills. We also laughed about the story of a  particular student …

Crossroads Camp Day 1

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This morning, our youth group left the ministry center at 7:30 to head down to Crossroads camp in Anderson, SC for the week! We stopped and ate some Christian chicken, of course, at Chick-fil-A and made great time in getting to our destination. Upon arrival the staff was extremely welcoming and made all of the students and our leaders feel …

Youth Leader Spotlight – Autumn Halsey

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Hi Northstar family! I am Autumn Halsey! I am from a small town known as Independence in Grayson County, Virginia. I love the mountains and the small-town feel so Blacksburg was a perfect place for me to call “Home” for undergrad. I will graduate in December from Virginia Tech with a degree in Accounting and a degree in Business Management. …

Youth Leader Spotlight – Adelyn Noble

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Hello Northstar family! I was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and spent my childhood in a small town near there until I moved to Blacksburg, VA at the start of middle school! I consider Blacksburg home and am thankful that the Lord brought me to such a special place! I just finished my freshman year at Christopher Newport University where …

Youth Intern Spotlight – Bobby Murray

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In addition to being one of our volunteer leaders, Bobby Murray will be interning with us! I knew Bobby from my time as a Young Life leader in college and I am excited that he will be helping out this summer! Bobby just graduated this past spring with a double major in Public Relations and Religion and is originally from …