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 (16), Elijah (10), Ethan (8), Nora (4), Eva (2) and Everett (8 mo.). 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.

Posts by Neal Nelson

Men At Work – Jim Rancourt

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This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Faith at Work

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Faith at WorkMen At Work is a gathering for the purpose of encouragement, fellowship, and fun for Northstar men and their friends and co-workers happening Friday, March 3. To find out more click here. The Men At Work Series is a way to promote the event and get to know …

Men At Work – Darrell Cook

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This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Faith at Work

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Faith at WorkMen At Work is a gathering for the purpose of encouragement, fellowship, and fun for Northstar men and their friends and co-workers happening Friday, March 3. To find out more click here. The Men At Work Series is a way to promote the event and get to know …

Men At Work – Tim Hagedorn

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This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Faith at Work

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Faith at WorkMen At Work is a gathering for the purpose of encouragement, fellowship, and fun for Northstar men and their friends and co-workers happening Friday, March 3. To find out more click here. The Men At Work Series is a way to promote the event and get to know …

Men At Work – Trey Moore

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This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Faith at Work

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Faith at WorkMen At Work is a gathering for the purpose of encouragement, fellowship, and fun for Northstar men and their friends and co-workers happening Friday, March 3. To find out more click here. The Men At Work Series is a way to promote the event and get to know …

Men At Work – Travis Jessee

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This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Faith at Work

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Faith at WorkMen At Work is a gathering for the purpose of encouragement, fellowship, and fun for Northstar men and their friends and co-workers happening Friday, March 3. To find out more click here. The Men At Work Series is a way to promote the event and get to know each other …

Disaster Relief Story: Steve Bodtke

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Northstar’s own Steve Bodtke (2nd from the left on the back row) served recently on his first disaster relief experience in Conway, South Carolina. Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc from the Caribbean all the way to Coastal Carolina. There was a lot of death and destruction, and many Christians were able to respond with help and the message of the good …

Northstar Outdoors: 2016 Father/Son Outing

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“Best day of my life,” I heard my nine-year-old say for the tenth time as the armada of canoes and kayaks floated down the New River on our three and half mile float. I have taken my boys camping and floating dozens of times but there was something about the fact that so many other boys and their dads came on this …

2016 Small Group Promo

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Are you excited? We really are excited about the upcoming fall ministry season at Northstar. The next few weeks will bring a lot of returning friends and new faces.  Because we are BIG on small groups and discipleship you will be hearing a lot about the what, where, when, why, and how of small groups, D28, and ways to serve in …

The Struggler

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In my post entitled The Struggle, I concluded that struggling with sin was a normative part of following Jesus.  An implication of this truth was that those who follow him need to become master strugglers, a Jedi Knight of Christianity.  A master struggler is a maturing believers who, though not “made perfect” (at least not yet) has learned to to struggle well, to “walk in …