Dave Farris

After serving as a middle/high school youth pastor for 12 years & attending seminary in Cincinnati, Dave and his family returned back to his home state of Virginia.

He was brought on at Northstar Church in Blacksburg to serve in a variety of staff roles as the church went through several growth spurts. Eventually, the call that drove the Farris family back to Virginia in the first place became undeniably clear.

It really just got to the point where we (Mandy and I) could not avoid this step of faith any longer.

Dave, his wife Mandy, and their 3 children (Jeremiah, Thomas, & Caroline) started praying through what a new church would look like in a rural county that already had over 100 churches in existence.

Northstar Church Pulaski began meeting weekly on Sunday September 11, 2013!

Mandy, also a Pulaski native, currently works at the Carilion Clinic in Blacksburg as a registered nurse. She and Dave were married in 2002. Jeremiah (12) loves to play basketball and disc golf as well as watch any show involving Bear Grylls. Thomas (8) is a Lego Master as well as being an avid soccer player. Both boys adore their baby sister Caroline (3), who can already hold her own against her big brothers. The entire family loves to camp and spend time in the outdoors!

Dave is the Campus Pastor on the staff at Northstar. Visit our leadership page to get to know the rest of the team.

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Posts by Dave Farris

December Nights 2018


Each year during the month of December we encourage Northstar folks to rest, renew, reflect, and rejoice!  After all, there is already enough hustle and bustle this time of year.  So, how we practice this is to temporarily change how we do church. Rather than having teams of volunteers arriving early to set up the lobby, stage, auditorium, and children’s …

Bags of Joy 2018

BE THE CHURCH, Community, News

Spooky season is halfway over and November is right around the corner, which means three things: First, it means the season of Christmas music is upon us! Second, it means that Missions Sunday is coming up soon! Lastly, we get to embark on a tradition that has become a favorite here at Northstar…Bags of Joy! Bags of Joy is a ministry to reach …

DISCIPLINE: a Northstar Sermon Series

News, Sermon Series

Discipline may be a fruit of the Spirit, but for many of us it sits at the bottom of our list of strengths (similar to the fruit of patience). In November, we will kick off a three week mini series on various aspects of discipline: November 4 — Church Discipline: regardless of how we view the topic of discipline, when …

Missions Sunday 2018

News, Sermon Series

When it comes to mission, every one of us who claim to be a follower of Jesus are called to the mission of making disciples who make disciples.  This November, at our annual Missions Sunday, this will be the focus!  David Nelms, founder and president of The Timothy Initiative, will be spending the weekend with us. On Saturday, he will be leading …

This is Rob’s Story


Rob Abbott also shared his story at Northstar’s 5yr anniversary celebration.  His story is one of rebellion and doubt before the Lord drew him into surrender through the influence of friends and family! What’s your story?

Covenant Renewal 2018


Every October, all of our members are offered the opportunity to reaffirm their desire to be a part of the mission of Northstar. If you have been around Northstar for any amount of time, you know that our motto is Don’t go to church. Be the Church. Our annual membership renewal is intended to remind every one of our members that being …

2018 Halloween Block Party


It’s baaaaaack!  Our annual Halloween Block Party is happening again this year!  This year we will throw a block party in Dublin AND in Pulaski.  Two towns…two parties…one night!! On October 31, we will be taking over the block in the Highland Park and English Forest neighborhoods. Obviously we will be giving out candy, but on top of that we …

Family Potluck on the Farm


AImmediately following our morning worship on Sunday October 14, we want to invite you to follow us to My Shepherd’s Farm (207 Cobb Rd, Rural Retreat, Virginia 24368) for an afternoon of  amazing food, entertaining hay rides, meaningful conversations, and good ‘ol country worship! The plan will be to eat around 1pm, hang out and enjoy the farm life in …

Prime Block Party


For the growing number of young adults in and beyond our Northstar family, PRIME is for you! We are kicking this new ministry off with a block party at our new office on Saturday OCT 20 (233 Broad St Dublin). There will be food, games, music, and good times! If you need help with childcare let us know, because this night …

5 Years of God’s Faithfulness


On Sunday September 9 we celebrated five years of weekly worship gatherings as a new church in Pulaski County.  Here is our highlight video, in case you were not able to make it. We will be posting links to some of the photos that were taken and stories of faith that were shared.

Battle Ready

News, Sermon Series

As Paul winds down his letter to the Ephesians, he encourages them to be strong in Lord and then proceeds to explain the tools (i.e. armor) needed in order to stand firm against Satan.  Rather than speed through this passage in a week or two, we are going to take our time breaking down each piece of armor in order to properly …