John and Shannon Velsor spent five years as youth pastors in Chicago, Illinois. They saw God do great things in their ministry, growing it from 30 students to several hundred weekly. They also saw numerous young people raised up into full time ministry. Early in 2010, God placed a dream in their hearts to plant a church in Minnesota, Shannon’s home state. They relocated, started talking to friends and family about their future church, and before they knew it, their dream became a reality. On Sunday, February 13th, 2011, North Star launched it's first service in a movie theater.
John and Shannon know their years in Chicago combined with their current stage of life have been God’s perfect way of preparing them to plant North Star. They have a heart to be multi-generational, multi-cultural, and multi-fun. They are amazed at what God is doing in North Star Community Church and look forward to watching God work in miraculous ways in the future.