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

Tri-Cities Will Graham Celebration


Since 1950, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has held Crusades all across the globe for one purpose: to proclaim God’s love to people who need Jesus Christ. Today, Will Graham Celebrations continue this life-changing mission. A Celebration is not just an evangelistic event; it is a process of prayer, training, outreach, and followup that takes place over a 12-month period—and …

2018 Easter Celebration


Although the reality of Easter Sunday is an every day reality, each year we look forward to how we can corporately celebrate such a eternally life altering event! On Sunday April 1 (and no this is not an April Fools joke) we will gather at 10am as we typically do at the YMCA of Pulaski County for worship and to …

Community Easter Egg Hunts


We love the Easter season and we love our community, so it just makes sense for us to partner with our community when it comes to Easter Egg Hunts!  We will be partnering with two organizations this year for their egg hunts: Thornspring Pastures — 5090 Thornspring Road Pulaski, VA 24301 In the past, Thornspring Pastures has become known for …

Community Good Friday Worship

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Good Friday is only good because of the reality we celebrate on Sunday.  If Jesus did not walk out of the tomb, conquering death, we would not have a reason to gather on Friday….but He did! And so we gather on Good Friday: We gather to reflectively worship the greatest act of love ever committed We gather to remember the …

Winter 18 YMCA Youth Night


On Saturday February 24, teenagers from across the county are invited to the YMCA for a night of food and fun!  The event will last from 6-9pm and start out with food!  For the rest of the night students can choose between: basketball volleyball bingo swimming music door prizes Be sure to invite all your friends from 12-17 and bring …

Winter Weather Communication


Whether it is the snow system predicted for this weekend, or a future one which could potentially impact our Sunday Worship Gatherings, we want to provide multiple ways to communicate. We will be updating our status primarily via our social media pages on Facebook, Instagram (NstarPulaski), and Twitter (NstarPulaski).  We will also attempt to communicate local television stations via WDBJ-7 …

Sharing Our Story: Eric and Teresa Hall


Eric and Teresa Hall were bold and vulnerable enough to share their faith journey with our church family this past Sunday during our annual State of the Church.  Please do yourself a favor and spend the next 20 minutes listening to how two broken people in a broken marriage have been restored by the love, grace, and mercy of God! …

2017 Highlight Video


This past Sunday, we celebrated some of the undeniable ways God moved through Northstar in 2017!  It has been such a humbling and incredible journey!  Check it out: If you have any questions about how to connect with Northstar be sure to connect with us on Social Media or email office@northstarpulaski.org.

Ephesians: A Northstar Sermon Series


A guy named Paul wrote Ephesians as a letter to give believers an encompassing view of God’s plan.  This mystery of God’s plan is to bring unity to all things in Christ.  His purpose is to redeem the whole of creation and what Jesus has done lies at the heart of that plan. In Christ, you and I get to …

2018 State of the Church


Sunday, January 28 is our annual State of the Church. These special services are wonderful opportunities to invite friends, neighbors, and co-workers to be informed and inspired. You’ll hear who we are as a people, and you’ll be reminded of how great our God is. On this Sunday, we will: Look Back It’s amazing to learn about what God has …

Better Together: A Northstar Marriage Event


Peanut butter and jelly, eggs and bacon, popcorn and Coke – all of these are BETTER TOGETHER! What else is better together? Solomon, one of the wisest men in the world says in Ecclesiastes: “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the …

2017 Family Advent Devotionals


‘Tis the season for many things, but it is imperative we do not get so caught up in the festive busyness we forget to focus on the true reason we celebrate Christmas. We have compiled several great options below for family advent devotions and activities to help keep our hearts and minds focused on Jesus this holiday season.   Feel free …