Pastor John & Shannon Velsor

Lead Pastor

About John: John grew up in Charlotte North Carolina and moved in Minneapolis in 2002 where he met his wife Shannon. They were married on June 10th, 2005. They have two boys, Aiden and Asher. John graduated from Global University and is a licensed minister through the Assemblies of God. He is currently continuing his higher education through ICF.

Hobbies: Sports, turkey hunting & fishing


TV Show: Chicago PD

Movie: Inception

Food: Puerto Rican

Restaurant: Wildfire

Vacation Spot: Riviera

Sports Team: Chicago Bears, Carolina Tarheels

Beverage: Cherry Lemon Sundrop

Books/Author: Anything by Patrick Lencioni or NT Wright


Pastor Tyler & Sarah Adams

Associate Pastor

About Tyler: Tyler grew up in Hartland, Michigan where he was an avid golfer & overall sports fan. He moved to Minnesota in 2004 to attend North Central University where he recieved his B/A degree in youth ministry. While attending NCU, he met his wife, Sarah & they were married on June 14th, 2008. They have a son, Kingston, who is adopted from Uganda and a biological daughter named Ava. Tyler is a licensed minister through the Assemblies of God and is currently pursuing his Masters Degree in Strategic Leadership.

Hobbies: Golf, basketball, working out, walking/hiking, cornhole, ping pong, board games, anything outdoors or competitive (I am an extremely competitive person!)


TV Show: Survivor

Movie: Tommy Boy

Food: Burgers & Wings

Restaurant: Chipotle & The Cheesecake Factory

Vacation Spot: Carribean Cruise

Sports Team: Michigan Wolverines, Kentucky Wildcats

Beverage: Blue Powerade

Books: Greater, Outlive Your Life, Crazy Love, Not a Fan


Ben & Anna Ward

Creative arts directors

About Ben & Anna: Ben grew up leading worship & met Anna in 2009, shortly after they began doing worship ministry together. They married in 2011 and now have two beautiful children, Ella & Smith. Their heart is to see believers walking out the empowerment of the Holy Spirit in their lives.

Hobbies: Twins games, anything outdoors, board games, farkle


TV Show: Person of Interest

Movie: Ben: Interstellar Anna: Conspiracy Theory, 

Food: Pizza  

Restaurant: Fogo De Chao

Vacation Spot: Ireland

Beverage: La croix waters of all flavors!

Author: Rick Renner


EXECUTIVE Administrator

About Emily: Emily is from a suburb of Chicago, IL and is currently studying Psychology at North Central University.

Hobbies: I like to spend time outside, running, shopping and traveling


TV Show: The Office

Movie: The Dark Knight

Food: Deep dish pizza

Restaurant: Chic-fil-a

Vacation Spot: Naples, Florida

Sports Team: Chicago Blackhawks

Beverage: Coffee

Author: Oswald Chambers



ChildreN'S Director

About Elissa: Elissa grew up in Roseville, MN and attended North Central University. She graduated in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education with minors in Spanish and Biblical Studies. Elissa has a passion for working with children and teaching them about God and the Bible.

Hobbies: Playing volleyball, running, baking, watching Disney movies, playing board games


TV Show: When calls the heart

Movie: The Lion King

Food: Mexican

Restaurant: Punch Pizza

Vacation Spot: Costa Rica

Sports Team: Minnesota Gophers & Minnesota Twins

Beverage: Water

Book: Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers



youth pastor

About Luke: Luke grew up in Appleton Wisconsin where he met his wife Alyssa. After attending two years of college at North Central University, they got married and moved to Minneapolis. Luke is currently a senior and is graduating in December. After completing a couple internships with youth groups he views being at North Star as an amazing opportunity to lead Drive students and he can't wait to see what God does in all of the students lives!

Hobbies: Longboarding, pick up sports, games of any type


TV show: One Tree Hill or New Girl

Movie: Book of Eli

Food: Tacos

Restaurant: Taco Bell

Vacation Spot: California

Sports Team: none, if I had to choose maybe the USA volleyball teams? 

Beverage: Iced latte half shot of vanilla half shot of caramel, or red bull.

Books or Authors: Anything from Orange, Eric Samuel Timm Communicating for a change The mingling of Souls