College Sunday Series: Science

Come join us in this special elective opportunity as two of Northstar's "science folks" - Tyler Farnsworth and Josh Drake - lead a four-week series on "Faith and Science." You'll learn how the Bible can be trusted to speak to all the complexities of evidentiary reasoning and also be encouraged and grow in confidence in your faith.


We have a responsibility as God’s people to use the Scriptures to assess the culture that we live in, rather than to passively let the culture shape our perspective. How should Christians approach each other and/or a culture heavily influenced by science? Are science and the Bible always at odds? Is it possible to hold fast to Biblical truth while engaging with the cutting-edge science of our day? How do we minister to such a culture as this?

Beginning October 24, join Northstar’s College Ministry for a 4-week series designed to equip students with a greater awareness of the subtlety of these challenges surrounding Faith and Science. Throughout the series, a Biblical framework will be presented that will enable students to better serve the Church and engage in more productive dialogue with the world.

What can you expect each week?

Our goal with this series is to dialogue and explore how we as Christians are called to engage with a science-based culture without compromising our Biblical worldview. We will seek to build a Biblical framework that will enable us to better interact with our culture in a way that amplifies the gospel and points people to the hope of Jesus Christ. The series will include teaching and built-in discussion time about the weekly topic.


  • Tyler holds a PhD in Polymer and Materials Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His UNC thesis focused on the light-matter interactions of two-dimensional nanomaterials. He is currently a Research Scientist in the NRV focusing on applied R&D projects for military use. Tyler and his wife Katie have been members of Northstar since 2018 and welcomed daughter Riley in 2020.
  • Josh is an Assistant Professor of Molecular and Cellular Science in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise at Virginia Tech where he directs a research program focused on understanding how aging leads to the development of disease. He holds a PhD in Human Bioenergetics from Colorado State University and completed a fellowship in Molecular Physiology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Josh, his wife Carri, and their two sons, Liam and Eli, joined Northstar shortly after moving to Blacksburg in 2020.

The Deets & RSVP

Each Sunday, we'll meet in the Jumpstart room down the Children's Ministry hallway after the 9:00 service is over. It's important to RSVP so we have enough space AND so we have enough food ;). Please don't enter the children's ministry area until after 9:30 - to give parents in the first service time to check their kids out.
  • RSVP here ⬅︎
  • What: A Sunday morning elective series sponsored by the College Ministry on engaging a science-based culture through a Biblical lens
    When: Sundays, 10:45 a.m., October 24, 31; November 7, 14
    Where: Northstar Jumpstart Room
    Who: College students of any major
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  • Breakfast food will be served weekly (let us know if you'd like to be on the Hospitality Team!)
  • We need help with set up and clean up. Let us know here if you're willing!
  • Don't enter the children's ministry area before 9:30 (there will be folks in the cafe to let you know the "all clear" signal).
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