Engage Groups

Summer Adjustments

For our Summer Engage Group & Family rhythms, check out our Summer with NLCF page!

Engage Groups are missional small-groups that seek to Engage our faith in Jesus, Engage community together, and Engage with the culture around us. Engage Groups are clustered into Families which have various rhythms in common.

NLCF Families

Families are groupings of Engage Groups. 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 Orange Family includes Core Sports, B-Listers, and Grounded in Grace. It is led by Jeanette Staats, Jennie Crumpler, and Johnny Crumpler.  They meet on Thursdays at 6:30p.


The Maroon Family includes Pace Makers, At The Table, & Unwind. It is led by Christian Hearl & Meg Hearl and they meet on Wednesdays at 6:00p.


The Hokie Family includes Sports Guys, BreakOUT, Soul Food, & Women’s Coffee Break!  It is led by David McCannAlly McCann. The Hokie Family meets at 6:30p on Thursdays!

Grad & Working

The Grad/Working Family includes any students in graduate school, or those working in the New River Valley who desire to be around others in a similar place in life!  It is led by Emma Davis, and they meet on Thursdays.


The Generations Family includes the Monday Engage Group, Thursday Engage Group, and Saturday Engage Group, all focusing around the Generations congregation, including children, families, seniors, and more. Contact Steve Englund and Wendy Chinn for more info.

Engage Groups 2021-2022

Click on the tabs below to see all our different Engage Groups as organized in various families! Once you’ve found some you’re interested in, fill out the Connect Form to request more info.

Orange Family Engage Groups meet on Thursday nights!

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!


Grounded in Grace

A group of gals that strive to live our best lives mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  You can catch us trying out yoga, planting a garden, cheffing up some healthy meals, or spending time outside in community with one another.  All in all, we are a group focused on being rooted in Christ and learning how that cultivates the day to day aspects of our lives.


 A community focused on growing closer to each other and growing closer to God while crossing things off of an ever growing bucket list; from hammocking at the duck pond to group skydiving.

*M= Men’s group, W= Women’s group, CO= Co-ed group

Maroon Family Engage Groups meet on Wednesday nights!

Pace Makers

Running towards Jesus and farmers market bagels together!


At The Table

A group of guys and girls excited to grow closer to each other and the Lord over dinner each week, if you’re interested in cooking or just hanging out and eating, please get in touch!



Releasing stress and finding community through casual sports, tubing, hiking, and other relaxing activities!

*M= Men’s group, W= Women’s group, CO= Co-ed group

Hokie Family Engage Groups meet on Thursday nights!

Sports Guys

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



This group is focused around spending time in and caring for people around the BreakZone in Squires Student Center. We like to play pool, ping-pong, bowling, and more!

Coffee Break

We’re a group of girls who spend time together diving into Scripture and strengthening our relationships with the Lord and each other.  We just love to do life together, typically over a cup of coffee (or tea)!

Soul Food

Sweet girls, muchin’ on sweet treats, talking about the sweet Lord.


*M= Men’s group, W= Women’s group, CO= Co-ed group

Grad & Working meets on Thursday nights!


True to it’s name, the Grad & Working group is just that: A group of graduate students and young working folks. Finding ourselves in similar stages of life, we enjoy spurring each other on as we navigate life after undergrad. Together we pursue God, do life, and seek to BE for those in our various spaces. Kids welcome! 


*M= Men’s group, W= Women’s group, CO= Co-ed group

Generations Engage Groups meet on throughout the week!

Monday Engage Group

Typically, when this group meets in person, the dinner table is the starting place. However, during this season, a virtual dinner table has replaced the traditional one. Conversations continue to go deep and relationships are built and strengthened.  We can be ministered to and minister to each other.  Contact Steve Englund if you would like the log-in info to join this virtual group.


Thursday Engage Group

A group consisting of a mixture of young and older marrieds, singles, grad students, and working professionals who share their lives, study the Word, and pray together. Contact Carl Staats for the log-in info for this group.


Saturday Engage Group

This small group is a bible study oriented group for women that meets on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month from 8:30-10:00am.  Contact Kristen Saia if you would like the log-in info for her group.

*M= Men’s group, W= Women’s group, CO= Co-ed group

Want more information about one or more Engage Groups or Families? Fill out our connect form to find out more!


What are Engage Groups?

Engage groups are missional small-groups that seek to:

  • 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).