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2018 has been a great year, and 2019 is looking to be full of excitement! We celebrated this past year and vision for 2019 at our 16th Annual Meeting on October 27. If you weren’t able to make it, here are some highlights:

We welcomed six new churches to our Network this year:

  • Abundant Power Church in Sterling, VA
  • Church of the Beloved in Vienna, VA
  • The District Church in Washington, DC
  • Grace Capital City in Washington, DC
  • Iglesia Bautista Emanuel in Manassas, VA
  • Iglesia Capital in Annandale, VA

We welcomed 11 new senior pastors to our churches this year:

  • Lon Anthony, Oak Dale Baptist Church
  • Brian Burdett, Lake Ridge Baptist Church
  • James Choi, All Nations Dream Church
  • Daniel Eichelberger, Providence Baptist Church
  • Dan Hough, Little River Baptist Church
  • Sung Chul Hwang, Columbia Korean @ Falls Church
  • Soo Yong Lee, One Body Church
  • Jason Mitchell, First Baptist Church of Springfield
  • Dan Morgan, Middleburg Baptist Church
  • Jason Oh, Pilgrim Community Church
  • Robert Wallace, McLean Baptist Church

Dee Whitten shared about some of the exciting things that occurred in 2018, such as continuing our Art of Neighboring initiative, holding conferences on leadership, discipleship, children’s weekday education, and conferences just for women and youth. NorthStar supported 11 church plants, provided training for international pastors, and participated in the ordination of several pastors. We also took groups to International Justice Mission to learn about their cause, and took around 200 people on a spiritual heritage tour of the U.S. Capitol.

Dee shared NorthStar’s vision for 2019: developing a mission center to provide housing for mission teams coming to our area, as well as a way for mission teams to partner with the churches of NorthStar. Watch for more information about the mission center opening at Manassas Baptist Church coming soon!

Katie Harding celebrated NorthStar Women’s Network’s 15th anniversary as a Network and the huge impact we see of this great network of women in our area. Katie was presented with an award for NorthStar Women’s Network’s 15 years of connecting and equipping women for life change with Jesus.

Chris Mendez from Knollwood Community Church shared about some highlights from a coaching cohort with Thom Rainer that NorthStar has been hosting for several of our pastors and insights he’s received.

Jerry Heilbronner from First Baptist Church of Alexandria showed pictures and video of NorthStar’s disaster response to Dominica. Last year, the Dorothy Allport Mission Offering raised over $65,000 to help rebuild Dominica after a hurricane ravaged the country.

Bart Purdy of Virginia Hills Baptist Church shared about the assistance he has received from Alan Stanford as part of NorthStar Church Solutions to revitalize their church.

NorthStar staff member, Randy Haynes, shared about our current initiative on race and diversity and how we need to be discussing this important issue and addressing it head-on. He invited everyone to participate in the discussion at a symposium on December 6.

Chris Moerman, pastor of Grace Capital City shared via video about their new church plant and how their church is growing quickly in Washington, DC, and the importance of their partnership with NorthStar.

NorthStar recognized Lily Dobson and Dee Whitten’s five-year work anniversaries, and Katie Harding’s 15 years. Eloise Barton, NorthStar’s faithful volunteer for 11 years, was recognized for her many years of service to our Network ahead of her retirement at the end of this year. The United Baptist Church was recognized for their partnership with NorthStar over the past 30 years, in housing NorthStar’s office, as the administrative offices will be moving from their church to Manassas soon. Katie Hawkins was recognized for her service as Moderator this past year, and our new Moderator, Mike Bradley, was presented. Dee Whitten also recognized Marshal Ausberry for his position as President of the National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention. Marshal is the Senior Pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Fairfax Station.

NorthStar had a great Annual Meeting and our staff and Board are excited about the year to come and look forward to energizing churches to carry out their God-given mission in 2019!

Posted by Mary Beth Inman with