Matt Kesler

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.

During his time at Virginia Tech, he spent two years involved with Cru, then worked with Young Life College during his final two years. He has a passion for global missions and says he is super excited to begin his time with us at Northstar!

Matt is the Youth Minister on the staff at Northstar. Visit our leadership page to get to know the rest of the team.

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Posts by Matt Kesler

“Come to my Bible Study!”

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“I have a small group tonight and you should be there!” “We prayed for you at small group last night.” These are a few lines that we can so often hear within Christian circles either at church or within a campus ministry. The heart behind these things is good, but many times, there are many preconceived notions with “small group” …

Creating Space

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I would say the majority of humans are “busy people.” Now, sometimes we make ourselves busy when we don’t need to or we make ourselves busy with things that don’t really matter. But, in some way, shape, or form, we are busy people. We live in a fast-paced culture. If you’re reading this and you live in Blacksburg, VA, then …

Passion Week Devotionals: Monday

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This entry is part 2 of 8 in the series Passion Week Devotionals 2019

In Mark 11:12-14, we see an interesting, yet significant record of the character of Jesus. It had been one day since his triumphal entry into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey amidst cheering and jubilation from the crowds. Yet, we find Jesus cursing a fig tree? A fig tree with leaves was supposed to bear fruit. The tree either …

Baltimore Mission Trip

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Over the past year, Northstar has sent a few different people to visit with Redemption City Church in Baltimore, Maryland. Adam Wilson, a former college minister at Northstar, is one of the pastors on staff. It has been encouraging to have conversations with him over the past year about a potential partnership. Last Spring, Northstar sent a small group of …

Psalm 130- Out of the Depths We Cry

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The beautiful thing about the Psalms is that you read about every type of emotion that we experience as humans. This past week, I’ve been reflecting daily upon Psalm 130. “Out of the depths I call to you, Lord! Lord, listen to my voice; let your ears be attentive to my cry for help. Lord, if you kept an account …

Obedience despite Dangers

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What is it in your life that could be a potential danger? Have you actually thought through that? What even is a danger? Is danger confined to your life being threatened or could it go deeper than that? In Matthew 2:13-18, we see Joseph faced an extreme danger. When Herod heard that there was a child that was born (Jesus) …

When Jesus Asks Us to Follow Him

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This past week, I spent time reading over the story of Philip and Nathanael in John 1:43-51. This must’ve been a passage I skimmed through in the past, because it really sank in this go around. For those of you not familiar with this story, let me set the stage. Jesus has begun his ministry by first selecting men to follow …