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.

Posts by Dave Farris

2017 Halloween Block Party


It is almost time to rock the block in the Highland Park of Dublin! From 5 – 9pm, we will be giving out hotdogs/popcorn/drinks as well as providing a craft table for the kiddos…and of course we aren’t forgetting the candy!  You may even see some of our Northstar folks dressed up as their favorite Disney character.   Our Halloween …

Duffle Bag Drive 2017


Each year, we provide local foster children with a Bag of Joy for Christmas as a small way of showing the love of Jesus and to remind them they are not alone.  This year, in a partnership with the local DSS, we are collecting new or gently used duffle bags to be used as the bag of joy. There are …

New Partnership with the YMCA


IT’S OFFICIAL!!! As of this week, we will begin meeting each Sunday at the YMCA of Pulaski County at 10am.  Among other benefits, this permanent shift allows our Children’s Ministry to continue growing while keeping our kids safe in a secure location.  We are looking forward to continuing to invest in our already healthy relationship with the YMCA and surrounding …

Carving Out Good Times


On Sunday October 22, immediately following our morning worship gathering at the YMCA, we will be carpooling to Rural Retreat to hang out with the Bracken family at My Shepherds Farm. Once we get there, we will spend the day eating, taking hayrides, carving pumpkins, worshipping, and simply having good times! For more info, stay tuned on our Facebook page …

Covenant Renewal 2017

News, Sermon Series

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 …

How To Neighbor

News, Sermon Series

On Sunday, September 17, we will begin a new sermon series that will challenge us step out to tangibly love our neighbors. How to Neighbor is a four-week series originally preached by Craig Groeschel (Pastor of Life Church) that carries a strong push for local missions. Each week we will focus on a different aspect of how we can build relationships with …

Devoted to Prayer


Jesus exemplified a life of prayer throughout the Gospels.  Luke listed prayer as one of four elements the early church devoted themselves to in Acts.  Paul claimed a devotion to prayer as one of the marks of a Christian in his letter to the Romans.  There is a reason.  Prayer is one of the primary ways to communicate with God. …

GO Pulaski County 2017


GO Pulaski County 2017 On Saturday September 23, hundreds of folks will gather to serve on one of multiple work projects spread across Pulaski County as a way to give back and cultivate unity in our community. People are designed with an internal desire to be a part of something bigger than ourselves, and GO PC is intended to provide …

Worship at the YMCA


Due to delayed construction at Critzer, we will be meeting at the YMCA of Pulaski County for worship throughout the month of September. We will gather at 10am and, as usual, have full ministry opportunities for kids birth through 5th grade. If you have any questions, feel free to email office@northstarpulaski.org

Worship and Picnic


WORSHIP & PICNIC On Sunday July 30, our friends at Community Life Church will be joining us for Worship and Picnic at the Lake! We will be gathering at the beach area of the park at 10am (instead of 9am).  It will be an incredible time of worshiping our God as a community in a beautiful place! You are also …

2017 YMCA Back to School Bash


Once again, Northstar will be supporting our local YMCA Back to School Bash, which will be held on Saturday July 29.  From 1 – 3pm, we will be giving out popcorn & pop ices to the hundreds of families that come to receive school supplies! Setup will begin at 12pm. There are a couple of ways you can help: You …

Worship at the Lake 2017


Worship at the Lake For the entire month of July we will be shifting our Sunday worship gatherings to Claytor Lake State Park for our annual Worship at the Lake services.  Due to the summer heat we will begin at 9am each Sunday!  Dock your boat and hang out with us! Bring a lawn chair and even a tailgating tent …