Member Spotlight: Meet Bobby & Teresa Grisso

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We’d like to introduce you to a couple that is a part of Northstar, Bobby and Teresa Grisso.  Though their extended family covers four or five states, they feel God has called them to invest in Northstar, so let’s get this introduction started!  And remember to say, “Hi!” in person the next time you see either of them.


What do you do for work?

Teresa is an earth science teacher at Blacksburg High School.  Bobby is a faculty member in the Biological Systems Engineering Department at Virginia Tech and currently serves in an administrative position as associate director for Virginia Cooperative Extension.


If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

Hawaii – never been there and it looks like a heavenly spot.

What is something very few people know about you?

When we were students at Virginia Tech, we attended a church that met in Harding Elementary School.  From that relationship, we were married by a Christian professor.

What is your family like?

Our children, Steven and Lauren, are working on their own. We share house with our Golden Retriever, Maggie.

How would you describe yourself in three words?

Learning, practical, and fun.

How would you describe Northstar in three words?

Fun, engaging, and committed.

How are you invested at Northstar?

We serve as part of the set-up team, leadership board, small group, and advisor for Northstar Connect.  Outside of Northstar, I serve on the board for Christian Scholars Network (, encouraging faculty, staff, and students to integrate their Christian faith into the academic endeavors and social concerns of a university community.

What Bible verse do you draw the most inspiration from?

John 11:35 – “Jesus wept.”

Other than Jesus, who is your favorite biblical character and why?

David – “God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’”

What is something that God has been teaching you recently?

To be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and His guidance, learning the difference between feeling commended and convicted, being moved by conviction, and being empowered to walk it out.