Jeff became Northstar's second pastor in 2009 after the retirement of founding pastor Bob Jackson. He and his family are from southeast Arkansas where he served as a campus minister at the University of Arkansas at Monticello for eight years before planting Journey Church there and serving as its founding pastor for six years.
Jeff loves coffee and is still trying to decide if he's a "runner." He's a former fantasy football champion, the author of Super Center Savior, an Apple fan boy and a teller of bad puns.
Julie grew up in Augusta, Georgia. She received a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Georgia State University in 2004 and a Master’s degree as a Reading Specialist from Radford University in 2010. She previously worked as a classroom teacher and reading specialist in the area.
Children's Ministry Assistant
Matt comes to us from Richmond, Virginia. He has lived in the Short Pump area and currently lives with his family in Mechanicsville. He graduated from Virginia Tech this past spring with a degree in Business Management. Matt says he enjoys any kind of sports, as well as hiking, camping, campfires, boating, and spending quality time with friends.
Erin grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania then attended Messiah College where she played lacrosse and earned her degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Marriage and Family Counseling. Since then she has been working in the health and fitness field in various positions.
Graduates & Professionals Minister
Matt was raised on a small farm outside of Gettysburg, PA. He was homeschooled K-12, but don't hold that against him. Upon graduating high school, Matt went to work in the outdoor recreation industry, which ignited a passion for the outdoors that he still carries today.
Tanner has lived in the New River Valley most of his life. He is a musician, businessperson, and a wannabe world traveler. He earned his master’s degree in Philosophical Apologetics at Biola University in 2011.
Accounting & Management
Paisleigh is from Virginia Beach, but also lived in Colombia, SC for several years. She transferred to Virginia Tech from Baylor, and is studying History with a minor in Psychology. She is involved in Cru, where she developed her passion for leading worship and sharing Jesus' love. She is a member of VT's chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta and continues her lifelong love of dance with The Ballet Project. She loves yoga, puzzles, and is trying to pick up calligraphy!
Nick is from Danville, VA, and is majoring in Philsophy, Politics, and Economics and minoring in Leadership and Social Change. He has been involved with BCM since his freshman year of college where God has grown his heart for evangelism and loving people. In his free time, Nick likes reading, running, being outside, and just hanging out with other people.
Lissa is originally from Midlothian, VA, and completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Literature and Language at Virginia Tech. Currently, she is a Masters student with Liberty University Online, where she is getting a Master’s degree in Secondary Education. At Virginia Tech she was involved with YoungLife, where she developed a passion for middle school students, and teaching them about how loved they are by Jesus. In her free time, Lissa loves to workout at Tech MMA & Fitness Academy where she teaches a kids’ American Ninja Warrior class, go climbing at Crimper’s Climbing Gym, and do anything outside. In the summers, though you can find Lissa at Lake Gaston where she loves to spend time with her family.
Chris is a junior at Virginia Tech from Charlotte, NC studying Mechanical Engineering. He serves as a Young Life Capernaum leader, working to build relationships and share the gospel with teens and young adults with special needs in the New River Valley. In his free time, Chris enjoys playing piano and guitar, rooting for Charlotte sports, playing Spikeball and Settlers of Catan.
Our Leadership Board are a group of men that serve the church as spiritual shepherds. Their primary role is to undergird and support the church staff through enouragement, guidance and counsel. Current elders are: Kirkland Broadwell, Shane Carver, Darrell Cook, Trey Moore, Jeff Noble and Jim Rancourt.