Neal Nelson

Neal grew up in Little Rock but was from the other side of the city from "preppy" private school Jeff. Neal graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a degree in accounting. He knew even before graduating that God was calling him into ministry leadership and began taking classes at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary satellite campus in Little Rock to prepare.

Neal entered vocational ministry as campus minister at a community college in south Arkansas while finishing his master's degree in seminary. After seminary, he served fifteen years at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, AR as a campus minister before coming to Northstar. Neal also co-pastored at Fellowship Church for ten of the fifteen years. During that time he completed a doctorate in ministry at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Neal and his wife Teresa have six children; Emma, Elijah, Ethan, Nora, Eva and Everett. Teresa works from home teaching the kids everything from math to how to defend themselves from one another.

Neal is the Associate Pastor on the staff at Northstar. Visit our leadership page to get to know the rest of the team.

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New Member Spotlight: Lissa Brown

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This entry is part 21 of 22 in the series New Member Spotlight

You may recognize Lissa Brown as one of the many talented vocalist on Northstar’s worship team. She has also helped lead worship for Northstar’s youth group. Recently she applied and was accepted to serve on staff as an intern. Lissa attended Discovering Northstar & Pizza in early September which was planned because so many college students expressed interest in making …

New Member Spotlight: Morgan Smith

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This entry is part 1 of 22 in the series New Member Spotlight

Let us introduce to you Morgan Smith. He is involved in the BCM at Virginia Tech, loves outdoors and is wrestling through whether he’s “called” to vocational ministry. Take a few minutes to read Morgan’s answers to the Member Spotlight questions, and be on the lookout for him this Sunday so you can welcome him to the Northstar family. Tell …

New Member Spotlight: Cole Berger

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This entry is part 20 of 22 in the series New Member Spotlight

Cole Berger is a junior studying Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech. He came to school in Blacksburg all the way from Erie, Pennsylvania. Cole’s older brother Sean attended Virginia Tech and Northstar so it was an easy choice for Cole when it came time to pick a school and the church he would attend while a student. Cole attended Discovering Northstar …

New Member Spotlight: Laura Jordan

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This entry is part 22 of 22 in the series New Member Spotlight

Not only is Laura Jordan a new member, she is a new Sunday Serve Team volunteer!  We love when new members jump into helping get ready for worship. You will enjoy getting to know a little about her through her membership spotlight. What brought you to Blacksburg? I started at Virginia Tech in the fall of 2014, and graduated in …

New Member Spotlight: Jackson Smith

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This entry is part 18 of 22 in the series New Member Spotlight

Welcome Jackson Smith as a new member! Jackson is involved in one of Northstar’s D28 groups (our discipleship ministry). Tell us a little about yourself (and your family if applicable). I am from Ashburn, Virginia. I am a sophomore at Tech, and I am in Navy ROTC. I’m the baby of my family, but I still stand almost a head …

New Member Spotlight: Rachel Wilson

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This entry is part 17 of 22 in the series New Member Spotlight

Rachel is from Abingdon, Virginia and graduated from James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Virginia) in Spring 2013. She moved to the Blacksburg area in August 2016 and currently works at a local IT company, 1901 Group, Inc. What or who brought you to Northstar? I happened to run into a high school friend when I first moved to the area and she …

New Member Spotlight: Rob Swearingin

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This entry is part 16 of 22 in the series New Member Spotlight

“What happened to the green house?” was a question John Shockley asked me before a leadership meeting.  My response was to ask him what he meant. He then told me that he had driven past it on the way to the meeting, and someone had mowed, weed-eated, and generally cleaned up the property which had been looking unkept and uncared …