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

Winter 2019 D28 & Small Group Kick Off

Life Together, News

   We are super excited about the direction we believe our God is calling us to head as the church, especially when it comes to investing in a disciples making through our culture of Life Together opportunities. Beginning the first week in February, we will be aligning our D28 and Small Groups by using the Discovery Bible Study Method (or D.B.S.).  D.B.S. is …

Doing Life Together in 2019

Missional, News

“If there is so much blessing and joy even in a single encounter of brother with brother, how inexhaustible are the riches that open up for those who by God’s will are privileged to live in the daily fellowship of life with other Christians!” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Life Together) Life Together has been a concept of intentionally living in spiritual community …


BE THE CHURCH, Missional, News

This coming July we are hoping to take another group of folks up to Montreal to continue our partnership and deepen our relationships with Ben and Alyssa Fleet as they launch Voyage Church in the city.  The past two trips have provided an incredible experience for everyone who went. Our primary purpose has been to help coordinate and lead various …

Defined and Clarified

News, Sermon Series

As we launch into the new year, we will also be launching a 4-week sermon series leading up to our annual State of the Church Sunday called Defined and Clarified.  Throughout the month of January we will be addressing several aspects of our spiritual journey that many have heard, but most struggle to live by: JAN 6 — DEFINING JESUS…CLARIFYING THE …

2018 Community Eve of the Eve Worship

Community, News

Christmas Eve services are a fun past time for many local churches this time of year.  When these churches join together for a Community Christmas Eve service, it turns a fun past time into an encouraging Jesus-centered worship experience! In an effort to protect the traditional Christmas Eve services and other family engagements, we have bumped this incredible time back …

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?