Pastor John Velsor

Lead Pastor

John grew up in Charlotte North Carolina and moved to Minneapolis in 2002 where he met his wife Shannon. They were married on June 10th, 2005. They have two boys, Aiden and Asher. John is a licensed minister through the Assemblies of God, he and his family started North Star in 2011 with 40 people and within a few short years have seen the church grow to several hundred.  John is very passionate about helping people find and follow Jesus Christ.  He does this through local church & around the Nation as a Speaker and Facilitator for the Church Multiplication Network that helps Church planters around the world.


Ben & Anna Ward

Worship Pastors


Pastor Luke Eaton

Youth Pastor

Ben & Anna met in 2009 and 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, and see all people have an encounter with Jesus through times of worship.

Anna currently serves as our Creative Arts Pastor, overseeing both worship & media. 




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. 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!


Jena Larkin

Executive Administrator


Bethany Harshbarger

Children Pastor

Bethany grew up in Brookings, South Dakota and moved to Minneapolis to attend North Central University where she met her husband Josh. They were married in 2012 and have one young son, Jack. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Youth Ministry, is licensed with the Assemblies of God, and is currently finishing her Master's in Strategic Leadership. Her heart for children's ministry revolves around seeing children build a foundation of faith equipping them to serve Jesus every single day of their life.

Jena joined the staff at North Star as the Executive Administrator in early 2019. A graduate of Liberty University, and with a background in youth ministry Jena has a love for the local church and its role and impact in family life!