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Pastors John & Shannon Velsor
Lead& Executive Pastors
Pastor John and Shannon married in 2005 and are the parents of two incredible sons, Aiden and Asher who they lovingly call “Danger” and “Smasher”. John is a native of North Carolina and Shannon’s hometown is White Bear Lake, MN. They began to feel the call to plant a church in 2009, and through a series of open doors and answered prayers, they launched North Star in February of 2011 in the AMC Movie Theater of Coon Rapids. After seven location changes, they found their official home for North Star when they purchased the property off Crooked Lake and Northdale Boulevard in 2017. They’ve enjoyed watching God do the miraculous in both big, and small ways, as He’s built and incredible church community around them. They can’t wait for the future of what is in store for this faith community, and they truly believe that the BEST is YET to come!
Caitlin is attending North Central University studying Elementary Education and will graduate in the Spring of 2022. She grew up in a Pastor’s home and has been actively involved in ministry all of her life. She’s been a part of North Central University’s Worship Live Team and has enjoyed traveling and leading worship all over the Midwest. She has a heart for the local church and serving her community in any way she can. Caitlin enjoys camping, hiking, playing music, and volunteering with the children and youth in the community
Pastor Luke Eaton
Pastor Luke graduated from North Central in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Youth Ministry. Luke and his wife Alyssa recently welcomed their first child, baby Jace, who has been lovingly nicknamed the “youth group mascot.” The Eaton’s love serving the next generation and are passionate about seeing them not just succeed, but lead! They love partnering with parents to help students grow into their full potential in their faith.
Pastor Zac graduated with a degree in Children’s Ministry Degree from North Central University in December of 2020. He has a passion for teaching kids about the love of Jesus in ways that are both fun and that will also build a foundation of faith for years to come. Zac is from Roseville, MN and is excited about this new role at North Star. He is big fan of anything Marvel and an even bigger fan of Jesus!
Myleah was an active part of the Dream Team for five years before she joined the staff at North Star in 2021. She was born and raised in Anoka County and loves being a part of serving this community. She met and married her high school sweetheart, Jason, and they share the joy of raising their 3 children- Jacob, Maya, & Joshua. She has a heart for hospitality and loves creating spaces and places where people can feel welcome and appreciated at North Star!
Emily Nelson is our Pre-Kindergarten Director. She teaches first grade at Kaleidoscope Charter School and before that she spent years teaching kindergarten and pre-kindergarten. She has a passion for kids of all ages and loves seeing the little ones dance and praise God! When she isn’t working with kids at school or church, she is chasing around her 3 boys. She is so glad they found North Star because she loves the dedicated community and the powerful messages!
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