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.

Connect with Neal

Posts by Neal Nelson

Passion Week Devotional: Tuesday

Blog Leave a Comment

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Passion Week Devotionals 2019

Questions are powerful. Questions reveal the intentions of our hearts like a seasoned detective obtaining a confession of a crime without the criminal even realizing it. And Jesus was a master detective of the human heart as revealed in the events of Tuesday during Passion Week. Jesus’ time in the temple on the Tuesday of Passion Week included several dialogues …

Caught in the Act: Meghan Kuczmarski

Blog Leave a Comment

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Caught in the Act

Meghan Kuczmarski, a long-time Northstar member was recently celebrated and recognized at the opening of her office in Blacksburg. Meghan and her husband Rob are both graduates of Virginia Tech. They commented that they love seeing Hokies stay in the area. Rob has been working with Volvo in Dublin since graduating in 2016. Meghan worked with a local not-for-profit organization …

New Member Spotlight: Chris Barb

Blog Leave a Comment

This entry is part 7 of 30 in the series New Member Spotlight

Chris Barb has been attending Northstar for a long time, but recently he knew he needed to embrace local church membership. Chris serves on our Sunday Prep Team and often helps train new volunteers. Tell the church little about yourself: I am originally from Culpepper County, and I came to Blacksburg for school and became a two-time graduate of Virginia Tech.  …

Faith at Work: Bobby Grisso

Blog Leave a Comment

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

A great perk of ministry is getting to work with a lot of amazing people. One of the joys for the staff is watching God work through church members in their vocation. After all, most believers will spend the majority of their time at work and home.  Recently I stopped by Bobby Grisso’s office in Seitz Hall on the Virginia …

New Member Spotlight: Kathryn Treanor

Blog Leave a Comment

This entry is part 2 of 30 in the series New Member Spotlight

Tell the church little about yourself: My name is Kathryn Treanor I graduated May 2018 with a degree in Geography from Samford University. I’m from Virginia and my family lives in Northern Virginia. However one of my sisters is finishing her undergrad at Tech, so we are living together in Blacksburg. What brought you to Blacksburg? Grad school I’m getting …

New Member Spotlight: Paisleigh Price

Blog Leave a Comment

This entry is part 4 of 30 in the series New Member Spotlight

We’re grateful that Paisleigh Price has joined our church family. She also recently applied and was approved to serve as one of our staff interns. You’ll see her behind the scenes a lot as she serves you and our staff. Tell the church little about yourself I am a junior at VT studying history and psychology. I’m from Virginia Beach …

New Member Spotlight: Matthew Mills

Blog Leave a Comment

This entry is part 26 of 30 in the series New Member Spotlight

We want to introduce you to Matthew Mills. Matthew joined Northstar last October. Tell us about yourself (where you’re from, what you’re currently doing) My name is Matthew Mills. I am from Mechanicsville where I have lived my whole life. I grew up an only child with my two loving parents, and I am currently a fifth year at Virginia Tech …

New Member Spotlight: Christian Jones

Blog Leave a Comment

This entry is part 8 of 30 in the series New Member Spotlight

Christian was helping with youth even before he became a member. We are really grateful for college students like Christian who are ready and willing to serve. Thanks, Christian!  Learn a little about Christian below, and then make him feel welcome, especially you parents with kids in Northstar Youth. Hey, Northstar Family! My name is Christian, and I’m a sophomore …