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.

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New Member Spotlight: Matthew Mills

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This entry is part 25 of 32 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

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This entry is part 7 of 32 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 …

New Member Spotlight: Ben & Sarah Price

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This entry is part 34 of 32 in the series New Member Spotlight

We are excited to welcome the Prices to Northstar. Their excitement for Jesus and the church is contagious. After you learn a little more about them by reading over their spotlight be on the look out to welcome them before or after service on Sundays. Tell the church little about yourself and  your family: I was born and raised in …

New Member Spotlight: Gabrielle Wentling

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This entry is part 33 of 32 in the series New Member Spotlight

Gabrielle recently attended our February Discovering Northstar Dinner. You may recognize her since she has been a part of the worship team. How encouraging is it that she was already serving the church before she became a member? She will encourage you again when you read her answers below. Tell the church a little about yourself. I love baking and …

New Member Spotlight: Lissa Brown

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This entry is part 29 of 32 in the series New Member Spotlight

You may recognize Lissa Brown as one of the many talented vocalist on Northstar’s worship team. She has also helped lead worship for Northstar’s youth group. Recently she applied and was accepted to serve on staff as an intern. Lissa attended Discovering Northstar & Pizza in early September which was planned because so many college students expressed interest in making …

New Member Spotlight: Morgan Smith

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This entry is part 8 of 32 in the series New Member Spotlight

Let us introduce to you Morgan Smith. He is involved in the BCM at Virginia Tech, loves outdoors and is wrestling through whether he’s “called” to vocational ministry. Take a few minutes to read Morgan’s answers to the Member Spotlight questions, and be on the lookout for him this Sunday so you can welcome him to the Northstar family. Tell …

New Member Spotlight: Cole Berger

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This entry is part 28 of 32 in the series New Member Spotlight

Cole Berger is a junior studying Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech. He came to school in Blacksburg all the way from Erie, Pennsylvania. Cole’s older brother Sean attended Virginia Tech and Northstar so it was an easy choice for Cole when it came time to pick a school and the church he would attend while a student. Cole attended Discovering Northstar …

New Member Spotlight: Laura Jordan

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This entry is part 32 of 32 in the series New Member Spotlight

Not only is Laura Jordan a new member, she is a new Sunday Serve Team volunteer!  We love when new members jump into helping get ready for worship. You will enjoy getting to know a little about her through her membership spotlight. What brought you to Blacksburg? I started at Virginia Tech in the fall of 2014, and graduated in …