Engage Groups





**Over the summer, we will be meeting on Wednesday nights as one family, and having a large group discussion time and a small group discussion time after dinner. We will be focusing on family time and the discussion times (aka breakouts), rather than the normal Engage Groups we have during the fall and spring semesters. Normal Engage Group times will restart once the Fall semester starts back up.**


 General Information/FAQ’s

What are Engage Groups?

  • ENGAGE each other by pursuing authentic community: the scriptures make it clear that we were never intended to live our life of faith alone. We need one another to truly experience God’s full plan for our lives (Hebrews 10:24-25).
  • ENGAGE with culture by connecting with and serving those around us: we were also never intended to live out our faith apart from the cultures we are in. Jesus came to show us how to live in the world, but not be of the world (1 Cor 9:20-23).
  • ENGAGE our faith by seeking intimacy with God: to Jesus, faith is as normal a part of our lives as the air we breathe and the food we eat. Together we can more fully engage our faith and see it become more real in our lives (John 6:60-69).

**Jump to the listing of all the engage groups!

Where Is the Loft?

The Loft is located off of Draper Rd. The official address is 215 Draper Rd, Suite B.  There are double doors between Sycamore Deli and Souvlaki’s. Go in the doors and take the stairs up and go around the staircase to the door at the end of the hall.  Check out this video with directions!




Engage Group Families

Our Engage Groups are split into four Engage Group Families – the Hokie Family, Gobble Family, Maroon Family, and the Orange Family.  The purpose of Engage Group Families is to serve as another level of connection with people in NLCF.  The size of a family is designed to provide more opportunities to meet people outside of each individual engage group, but not as big as the entire church.  The Engage Groups within each family work together to encourage one another and participate in various activities and service opportunities.

The Hokie Family includes Sports Guys, TV Thursday, and Kids at Heart.  It is led by David McCann and Ally VanCampen.  The Hokie Family will gather to eat dinner together (bring your food with you!) at 6:30 PM on Thursdays at the Loft.

The Gobble Family includes VenTure Up, Vitamin G, Go Bros, and How Great Thou ART.  It is led by Jim Pace and Anna Gibbs.  The Gobble Family meets on Thursdays at 6:30p in Foxridge.

The Maroon Family includes God Squad, Play Tech Girls, Gaming Gobblers, and Grad Students & Working. It is led by Christian Hearl and Meg Hearl.

The Orange Family includes Core Sports, Soul Food, and Women’s Coffee Break. It is led by Curtis & Alainna Goodnight.




Engage Groups- 2017-2018

*Most Engage Groups will have discussions about the Sunday teaching series

Hokie Family

Hokie Family Engage Groups grab food, and then meet to eat dinner together on Thursdays at 6.30p at the Loft, and then split into individual Engage Groups afterwards

Sports Guys: A group of guys dedicated to their spiritual growth and the building of community through intramural sports.

Time/Location: 6:30p @ The Loft on Thursdays
Contact: Andrew Hockhammer, Matt Atkins, & Alex VanNoy


TV Thursday: For people who want to grow, be challenged, and strengthen their relationship with God while sitting back and watching TV shows and movies! We’ll be hanging out and building community, this semester, while watching the show Full House!

Time/Location: 6:30p @ The Loft on Thursdays
Contact: Danielle Williams, Nicole Brown


Kids at HeartWe are a group of gals that recharge ourselves by spending time with little ones to share God’s love and create lots of smiles while diving into scripture and living life together!

Time/Location: 6:30p @ The Loft on Thursdays
Contact: Isabel Dowty, Rachelle del Rosario


Gobble Family

The Gobble Family meets in Foxridge at 6:30p on Thursdays and then splits into individual Engage Groups afterwards.

Vitamin G: This is a group of girls who enjoy desserts in a mug, coffee, and tea while studying the Bible and growing closer in community.  Contact Maddie & Emily to learn more about this sweet group!

Time/Location: 6:30p @ Anna’s Apartment on Thursdays
Contact: Maddie Thompson, Emily Holz


VenTure Up: Calling all Hokies who really love the outdoors, adventuring, and trying new things!  We are Venture UP, a co-ed Bible study to go where no Engage Group has gone before ft. adventures in the great outdoors, checking boxes off the Hokie bucket list, and pursuing Jesus together.

Time/Location: 6:30p @ Anna’s Apartment on Thursdays
Contact: Emmet Eckman, Julia Tani, Ryan Butterfield, Lex Lombardo


How Great Thou ART: Are you a girl who likes art? Enjoy a good pun? Do you identify as extra? Do you like painting, writing, theatre, music, dance, film, design, photography, sidewalk chalk, sculpture, floral arrangements, Bob Ross? Or do you just like ~appreciating~ it? If any (or all) of the above apply to you, join us, ladies, at 6:30 on Tuesday at the Loft for *some* of the above.

Time/Location: 6:30p- Engage Group @ The Loft on Tuesdays, Gobble Family Time, 6:30p @ Anna’s Apartment on Thursdays
Contact: Corrin Lundquist, Andrea Hagen, Mady Farley


Go Bros: We are a group of guys that hang out, watch sports, play sports, play card games, and create fellowship!

Time/Location: 6:30p @ Anna’s Apartment on Thursdays
Contact: John Bibel, Casey Hines


Maroon Family

Maroon Family Engage Groups meet at Christian & Meg’s apartment (204 Church St., #3) on Wednesdays at 6:30p.

Play Tech Girls: We are a joy-filled group of ladies who love Jesus, sports, and being in community with one another! Come join us in being spiritually and physically active! 

Time/Location: 6:30p @ Christian & Meg’s Apartment (204 Church St., #3) on Wednesdays
Contact:  Emma Davis, Emilie Schweikert, Stephanie Arnold


Gaming Gobblers: We are a group of Hokies who love to play board games and want to use games to invite friends and strangers to know Christ! We meet for Bible study every Thursday evening at 8p in the HRC and for games every Friday night at 7p in Randolph Hall room 211.

Time/Location: Engage Group- 8:00p @ The HRC on Thursdays, Games- 7:00p @ Randolph 211 on Fridays, Family Time- 6:30p @ Christian & Meg’s Apartment (204 Church St., #3) on Wednesdays
Contact: Josh Wenger, Michael Johnson


God Squad: Do you have legendary video game skills or maybe you just like to play? Perhaps you’re looking for a place to connect with others and strengthen your relationship with God? Welcome to the God Squad! We’ll be meeting weekly for Bible study as well as playing video games of all kinds at least once a week.

Time/Location: 6:30p @ Christian & Meg’s Apartment (204 Church St., #3) on Wednesdays
Contact: Cody Gavan, Brendan Jeffries


Grad Students & Working: We are a mix of grad students and townies who share life and seek the Lord together. We enjoy eating and studying the Scriptures together each week as well as hanging out on the weekends.

Time/Location: 6:30p @ Christian & Meg’s Apartment (204 Church St., #3) on Wednesdays
Contact: Jennie Dozier, Laura McCarter




Orange Family

Orange family meets for dinner at 6:30p on Wednesdays in Owens.

Core Sports: We pursue friendship, fellowship, sportsmanship, and maybe a few championships while learning, serving, and glorifying God to the best of our abilities. No matter the talent or skill we pursue God’s will. Guys and girls welcome!

Time/Location: 6:30p on Thursdays @ Owens for dinner with Engage Group to follow
Contact: Noah Pace, Brian Goodwin, Marin Fujimoto, Eric Rothenberger


Soul Food: Girls munching on sweet snacks and talking about the sweet Lord!

Time/Location: Wednesdays @ 6:30p for Family Dinner in Owens, then Engage Group to follow
Contact: Megan Walton, Margaret Davis


Women’s Coffee Break: Ladies getting together in a casual atmosphere, sharing life, and taking Sunday teachings to more depth over coffee.  It’s the best part of waking up!

Time/Location: 7:00a on Tuesdays at Bollo’s Coffee Shop
Contact: Anna HarjungKristal Poff