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

2017 Volunteer Appreciation Car wash

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Saturday, May 6 was a record breaking day. According to Aaron Peck, May 6 saw the lowest high in Virginia weather history or something like that. It was cold. And the record for the most cars of volunteers washed by Northstar staff: something under 100 cars in two hours. Okay, maybe I am not being serious about the facts but …

Trained for Disaster Relief

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Saturday, April 8, was the opening morning of the spring turkey season in Virginia. If you know me, you know that is an important date, one that I put on my calendar and plan around. But this year I didn’t get up at 5:00 a.m. to traipse through the George Washington National Forest trying to interrupt the mating rituals of …

Passion Week Devotionals: Good Friday 2017

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This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series Passion Week 2017

GOOD FRIDAY DEVOTIONAL: Even Death On A Cross Read Philippians 2:1-11 Paul wrote to the believers in Philippi that God had highly exalted Jesus and given him a name above every name. (Phil. 2:8 ESV) How high was Jesus exalted? How amazing was his name? So high and so amazing that “every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and …

Men At Work – Jim Rancourt

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

Men 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 at the same time. The first few spotlights will feature …

Men At Work – Darrell Cook

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

Men 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 at the same time. The first few spotlights will feature …

Men At Work – Tim Hagedorn

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

Men 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 at the same time. The first few spotlights will feature …

Men At Work – Trey Moore

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

Men 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 at the same time. The first few spotlights will feature …

Men At Work – Travis Jessee

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

Men 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 at the same time. The first few spotlights will feature members of …

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 …