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: Jackson Smith

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This entry is part 26 of 32 in the series New Member Spotlight

Welcome Jackson Smith as a new member! Jackson is involved in one of Northstar’s D28 groups (our discipleship ministry). Tell us a little about yourself (and your family if applicable). I am from Ashburn, Virginia. I am a sophomore at Tech, and I am in Navy ROTC. I’m the baby of my family, but I still stand almost a head …

New Member Spotlight: Rachel Wilson

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This entry is part 24 of 32 in the series New Member Spotlight

Rachel is from Abingdon, Virginia and graduated from James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Virginia) in Spring 2013. She moved to the Blacksburg area in August 2016 and currently works at a local IT company, 1901 Group, Inc. What or who brought you to Northstar? I happened to run into a high school friend when I first moved to the area and she …

New Member Spotlight: Rob Swearingin

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This entry is part 23 of 32 in the series New Member Spotlight

“What happened to the green house?” was a question John Shockley asked me before a leadership meeting.  My response was to ask him what he meant. He then told me that he had driven past it on the way to the meeting, and someone had mowed, weed-eated, and generally cleaned up the property which had been looking unkept and uncared …

New Member Spotlight: Taylor Duncan

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This entry is part 9 of 32 in the series New Member Spotlight

Tell us a little about yourself: I grew up in Pulaski County and both my parents worked for VT for as long as I can remember, so I was pretty familiar with VT, which was a big draw. The vet school is also a big draw as that’s my ideal career. What or who brought you to Northstar? In undergrad, …

New Member Spotlight: Dylan & Carol Lischau

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This entry is part 17 of 32 in the series New Member Spotlight

We are excited to welcome Dylan and Carol Lischau into our Northstar family! If you haven’t had a chance to meet them yet, look for them on Sunday morning! They began visiting in June 2018 and joined after they moved to Blacksburg from Texas in September 2018. Tell the church a little about yourself. Dylan is a student at ATP …

New Member Spotlight: Jacob & Stephanie Cordray

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This entry is part 16 of 32 in the series New Member Spotlight

We are excited to welcome Jacob and Stephanie Cordray (with Rowan and Josie) into our Northstar family! If you haven’t had a chance to meet them yet, look for them on Sunday morning! They began visiting in August 2017 and joined in August 2018. What are your vocations? Stephanie teaches 3rd grade for Montgomery County Public Schools and Jacob co-owns …

New Member Spotlight: Taylor & Maddie Young

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This entry is part 15 of 32 in the series New Member Spotlight

We are excited to welcome Taylor and Maddie Young (with Halee) into our Northstar family! If you haven’t had a chance to meet them yet, look for them on Sunday morning! They began visiting in July 2017 and joined in September 2018. Tell us a little about yourselves: Taylor is a second year veterinary student at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary …

2018 Be N Go Sunday

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There have been so many great stories from our first Be N Go event in 2018.  We need to be grateful for God’s favor as we sought to do something out of the box as a church. The gratefulness (and surprise) of the neighbors that were invited to a meal, a neighborhood event, or taken donuts and other gifts by …