Meet Our Leaders

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JEFF NOBLE

Lead Pastor

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.


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JULIE JEWELL

Children's Minister

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. 


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KATIE BOULTER

Children's Ministry Assistant

Katie grew up in Warren, Michigan. She then moved to Orlando, Florida. While working for the mouse at the most magical place on earth, Walt Disney World, she studied Early Childhood Education. She worked as a Lead Teacher at the YMCA Child Development Center at Walt Disney World Resort and then became a professional nanny for 9 years. In 2012 Katie and her husband, Jonathan, had their first child and decided to move closer to family which led them to Blacksburg, Virginia. They have been attending Northstar Church since 2013. Katie enjoys being outdoors, reading, working out, saving money, and spending her time with her family. She has three children, Kayla, Cale, and Benjamin.

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ERIN PETERSEN

College Minister 

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.


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MATT SIMPSON

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.


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TANNER BLANKENSHIP

Worship Minister

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.


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JESSICA YALUNG

Volunteer Coordinator & Financial Secretary

Jessica was born and raised in State College, Pennsylvania. Her family moved to Blacksburg for her senior year of high school. She graduated from Virginia Tech in 2008 with a degree in Human Development. The summer after graduation Jessica married Justin and moved to join him in North Carolina and in 2010 she earned her Master of Arts in Teaching from NC State. After the birth of their first child they moved back to Blacksburg in 2012 to be closer to her family, Hokie football, and the small town they love. Jessica and Justin have two boys, Ezra and Micah, and a daughter, Abigail. They love spending time outside, Sunday drives, and visiting little old towns in the mountains.

Jessica has served on staff as Children's Ministry Assistant and coordinator of the Reserve venue in downtown Blacksburg before her current role.

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LISSA BROWN

Administrative Assistant 

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.

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ERIKA GRESH


Intern 

Erika is 22 years old and was born and raised in Blacksburg. She is a youth leader for the middle and high school girls and has been addicted to caffeine for three years. If you ask her about school, she will laugh and tell you not to ask that question. In her spare time, Erika enjoys napping, playing in the water, and spending time with her dog, Tripp, who happens to be the goodest boy.

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JORDAN SMITH

Intern 

Jordan was born and raised in Leesburg, Virginia, and she graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Information Technology with a minor in Spanish. She is currently getting her Master of Science in Business Analytics from Carnegie Mellon. She has a passion for theology and speaking to others about Jesus. In her free time, Jordan loves spending time with her husband Jackson and their dog, her friends, and doing anything on the water. On Sunday mornings, you can find her on stage with the Worship Team!


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JACKSON SMITH

Intern 

Jackson is a senior at Virginia Tech from Ashburn, Virginia. He is studying National Security & Foreign Affairs and is enrolled in the Navy ROTC program at VT. Jackson loves fishing and always has rods in his car ready to go. His lovely wife Jordan can be seen above and they have the happiest Saint Bernard mix Bruno.


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LEADERSHIP BOARD

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, Tyler Farnsworth, Steve Lavinder, Trey Moore, Jeff Noble, Jim Rancourt, Nolan Schmidt, and John Shockley.


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