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

2019 Halloween Block Parties

Community, Missional, News

We began throwing Halloween Block Parties in 2013.  Last year, we expanded to two sites.  This year, we are doubling the fun to have four locations spread across Pulaski County.  Each site is hosted by one of our amazing Northstar families. Volunteers from Northstar will do their best to ensure a safe and fun family environment to build relationships and …

Pre Worship Prayer

News, Worship

“A prayerful church is a powerful church” – Charles Spurgeon “Prayer is a strong wall and fortress of the church” – Martin Luther “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” – Apostle Paul “Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” – Jesus Prayer is undoubtedly …

Life Together (Fall 2019)

Life Together, Missional, News

Summer is winding down, which means the season of football and Fall are approaching. It also means another opportunity for you to dive into one of Life Together groups as we strive to be disciples of Jesus who make disciples of Jesus. For more detail on how Life Together functions in spaces, check out this link. We will kicking off our D28 …

Discovery Bible Study

Life Together, News

Discovery Bible Study (or DBS) is one of many tools we use to cultivate our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ.  We use it to help equip people who want to learn who Jesus is, for people who have already decided to follow Jesus, for the training of leaders, and also for personal Bible study. WHAT IT IS? We …


News, Worship

Worship at the Lake has become a favorite tradition during the month of July. This year we have decided to stretch that tradition out for another month. Due to the success and stories we have heard this past month, not to mention a lack of air conditioning in the YMCA gym, we will be worshiping at the lake through August. …

Worship at the Lake

BE THE CHURCH, Missional, News, Worship

For the past 5 years, we have had the opportunity to hold our Sunday worship gatherings at the Claytor Lake State Park, and it has been awesome for a few reasons.  It gives most of our volunteers a month off during the summer, keeps us mobilized and on mission, and it has provided us an opportunity to build relationships with …

Saturday Seminary: Can I Trust the Bible

News, Saturday Seminary

Can we trust the New Testament?  Can we trust the Bible at all?   These are critical questions when it comes to our faith in Jesus Christ, especially in a day and age where skepticism  is on the rise.  One of the primary reasons for offering these Saturday Seminaries are to equip believers with tools to help strengthen your faith and …


News, Sermon Series

On Sunday, May 26 we will begin another sermon series and journey through the letter of Galatians.  For a snapshot of what the letter contains, check Crossway’s intro –> ESV.ORG Or for a more stimulating overview of the letter, check out The Bible Project’s Youtube video about Galatians: Justification by faith alone (sola fide), not by obedience to the law is the …

Passion Week Devotion 4.16.19


Questions are powerful. Devotion by our Blacksburg Associate Pastor Neal Nelson Questions reveal the intentions of our hearts like a seasoned detective obtaining a confession of a crime without the criminal even realizing it. And Jesus was a master detective of the human heart as revealed in the events of Tuesday during Passion Week. Jesus’ time in the temple on …

Passion Week Devotionals 2019


Even though followers of Jesus can celebrate the reality everyday, the Easter season will always be a time when we can rejoice in the eternal hope we have because Jesus conquered sin and death! To add to the rejoicing, each year we post Passion Week Devos, which are daily devotions written by our Northstar staff and leaders.  Every day from …

2019 Special Needs Community Easter Egg Hunt

BE THE CHURCH, Community, News

We are inviting you to join us at our 2019 Special Needs Community Easter Egg Hunt at Thornspring Pastures on Saturday, April 20. While aligning with other community egg hunts that day, this hunt will be specifically designed with our special needs children in mind. A Facebook event (LINK HERE) has been set up for you to learn more or share …