We have a lot of ministry teams at Northstar and they are all about using the talents God has given you. Listed below are some of the ministry teams that Northstar has. We would love for you to become more involved. If you are interested, please email the team leader listed under each team.
Northstar’s Care Team exists to come alongside members and attenders who find themselves going through difficult or stressful times. If someone is in the hospital, we want to visit with them. If someone is sick, we want to provide for their needs. If someone has had a baby or welcomed a foster child into their home, we want to bring them meals. Team email
Children’s Ministry Team
The Northstar Children’s Ministry offers full children’s ministry classes at the Sunday 9am service from Nursery to Elementary school aged children. We also offer childcare for 0-5 year olds at the 11am service.
Team Leader: Julie Jewell
College Ministry Team
Connect exists to help transform college age students in the New River Valley area with the message of Jesus Christ. We offer a community of students learning to follow Christ, and seeking to service their campus, their city, and the world for Jesus. We have a range of students from different schools in the area, like Virginia Tech, Radford, NRCC and VCOM.
Team Leader: Erin Petersen
Community Outreach Team
This group helps direct Northstar to impact its local community through service partnerships, projects and community events. Some of the initiatives it maintains are the Baby Bottle Drive for the PRC, Bags of Joy for foster agencies, and school supply drives. In addition, it works closely with other ministries and agencies to serve our region.
Team Leader: Neal Nelson
Creative Content Team
This team seeks to assist the church in communicating news, stories, faith and inspiration in a ways that are informative and compelling. We want to encourage the body and to intrigue the community/world with the glory of God expressed through our lives. Click here for a detailed description of the team.
Team Leader: Aaron Peck
D28 is a discipleship ministry at Northstar that is built upon Colossians 1:28 and Matthew 28. These groups of 2-4 people are intentional about their study of God’s Word and seek to learn more about how to be a disciple of Christ. The goal is to make disciples making disciples and have that become a way of life.
Contact: Meghan Kuczmarski
Disaster Relief Team
Northstar’s Disaster Relief Team is actually a partnership with the Southern Baptist state and national organization, FEMA, and other relief organizations to provide training and a platform for our members to respond during disasters. Once you have been through the disaster relief training, you will be able to join other believers from Virginia and other states in serving others during crisis. Disaster relief is a great way to share the love of Christ in word and action.
Contact: Neal Nelson
The Graduates and Professionals ministry, or GAP, is an active group of graduate students and young professionals in the NRV. GAP provides opportunities for social interaction through game nights, hikes, potlucks, and more! However, the overall mission of GAP is welcoming people into a community that will direct them toward Christ to experience his work in their lives, whether it be through casual conversation or more intentional means such as small groups or personal discipleship.
Contact: Matt Simpson
This team serves as the primary spiritual anchor of Northstar that assists the pastor and church staff in guiding and shepherding the church. Team members consist of John Shockley, Chris Carr, Trey Moore, Callaway Cass, Neal Nelson, Dave Farris, and Bobby Grisso.
This group assists Northstar in educating and inspiring our members to keep the task of reaching the nations at our forefront. Team members should have an interest in global missions and be willing to help lead Northstar in its partnerships overseas, mission trip opportunities, and determine financial support for mission requests. Team email
Safety Response Team
The Safety Response Team helps keep Northstar members and regular attenders focused on worship by asking a few volunteers each Sunday to focus on responding to any emergency that might come up during church services.
Contact: Matt Seckers
Small Groups at Northstar are informal gatherings that meet in the homes of members at various times during the week. Enjoy a relaxed time of Bible study, prayer and talk about life and how to serve one another and our community. Small Groups are Northstar’s primary way for people to connect with friends, build lasting relationships and grow in their relationship with Christ.
Contact: Randy Penson
Our Stephen Ministry, provides high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care and support to people experiencing grief, divorce, cancer, job loss, loneliness, disability, relocation, and other life difficulties. For more information contact Aaron Peck.
Sunday Serve Team
The Sunday Serve Team serves on Sundays to help make guests and members feel welcome and to prepare hearts for our worship gatherings. It trains, directs and organizes volunteers to plug into ministry and service through greeting guests, maintaining the “cafe”, and setting-up and tearing-down.
For more information or to sign up to help, contact Megan Evans.
The work of coordinating the activities in the auditorium on Sunday mornings goes to the Producer/Director. Those activities include the set-up of sound, video and lighting equipment, as well as the direction of activities on stage. It also includes the Audio/Visual team which handles the work of providing sound for the band, vocalists, and pastor on Sunday morning. The team also provides video for the auditorium using ProPresenter.
Team Leader: Matt Simpson
Worship & Creative Arts
The Northstar Worship Team is made up of both vocalists and a band. Northstar’s musical style is contemporary/modern worship. They are always looking for musicians and singers to help lead the people of Northstar to worship the Lord.
Team Leader: Matt Simpson
Youth Ministry Team
Our youth ministry has been led by dedicated volunteers who have a passion to see spiritual transformation occur and continue throughout the lives of our middle and high school students. They meet at 5:00 p.m. at the Northstar Ministry Center on Sunday evenings.
Team Leader: Matt Kesler