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

Celebrating 5 Years of God’s Faithfulness


Northstar began meeting weekly on Sunday September 8, 2013 as a new church in Pulaski County. On September 9, 2018 we will be celebrating God’s faithfulness over the past 5 years!  It has been an incredible journey and whether you are new to Northstar, were here when we started and have moved on, or have not even attended yet, we …

Mayflower School Prayer Event


The Mayflower Christian Academy will facilitate a time of prayer for our schools on Saturday, July 14, at Memorial Baptist Church, 995 Peppers Ferry Rd in Pulaski. The community is invited to attend this open-house style prayer meeting from 9a-noon.  Coffee and snacks will be provided.  Feel free to leave early or come late.  We will join in a time of …

Gospel Fluency


Fluency in anything whether it is a language, a hobby, a sport, etc cannot happen without immersing yourself into whatever it is you want to become fluent in.  When it comes to our faith, if we ever hope to become fluent in the gospel of Jesus Christ, we have to immerse ourselves in it. This Summer for our BIG Small …

Family Camping 2018


July is going to be a fun month as it is with Kid’s Camp, Montreal Mission Trip, and Worship at the Lake!  If that is not enough for you, then reserve your spot online and come camping with us for the last weekend in July. Campsite are $20 for each night, and will accommodate up to 6 people per site.  …

Family Berry Pickin’


Join us for a trip to pick fresh blueberries at 3 Birds Berry Farm on Saturday, June 23! Meet directly at the farm at 9:30am, they will set aside a “picking” area for our group just tell them you’re with “Northstar Church,” the farm provides you with a bucket to put your blueberries in while picking, and wear comfortable clothing/shoes. …

Foster Care Supply Drive


There is no doubt we, as believers in Jesus Christ, are called to help care for the widows and orphans (James 1:27; Psalm 82:3).  Even if you are not called to become a foster parent, there are several ways for you to support those who are. One easy way to offer support, other than consistent prayer for the foster system, …

2018 Summer Big Small Group


Each summer our small groups take a break from the norm and converge for BIG Small Group.  Along with worship, prayer, and a  BSG provides the opportunity for our folks to share their faith journey, a time to teach, and a time to have spiritual discussions in breakout groups. This summer we will dive deep into the purpose and habit …

Worship at the Lake


For the entire month of July we will, once again, be shifting our Sunday worship gatherings to Claytor Lake State Park for Worship at the Lake.  Due to the summer heat we will begin at 9am each Sunday morning!  Whether you drive in, walk in, or tie your boat up to a dock, you are invited to come hang out …

3 on 3 Basketball Tournament 2018


On Saturday May 5, we will be holding our first annual 3 on 3 #MayMadness Basketball Tournament to support our mission trip to Montreal later this summer. Last year, we had the opportunity to help the Refugee Center of Montreal with their first 3 on 3 basketball tournament.  In fact, the organization was so new at the time, it was …

Men at Work


Men At Work is a one time Northstar Men’s get together for the purpose of hanging out, food, conversation, and fun. RSVP When: Friday, March 3 6-8pm & Sat. March 4 8-12pm [child-care provided for the Friday so wives can relax:)] Where: Northstar Ministry Center (200 Country Club SW, Suite D1 Bburg) Cost: $10 to help cover the cost of food.

Prayer: some biblical answers to real questions

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We recently wrapped up our message series on prayer, in an attempt to address a deep and complex topic from three perspectives: Adopted to pray (Matthew 6) Abiding in prayer (John 15) Devoted to a life of prayer (Romans 12) In week 1, we looked at the Lord’s prayer and the incredible gift we have of being able to address …

State of the Church 2017


THIS Sunday, January 29, will be a great day for the Northstar family. We’ll celebrate our annual State of the Church Sunday as we look back in celebration and thankfulness for what our Lord has done in us and through us in 2016. We’ll also look ahead with humility and expectation.  We will not only be encouraged to continue telling …