Engage Groups




*Summer 2019*

Over the summer, we invite anyone in town to our Summer Family.  Since there are not as many here in the summer as there are during the school year, we gather together into one Family each week on Wednesday nights.  This summer we will have a special rhythm to our mid-week gatherings!  Every other week we will gather “together” in the Loft for a discussion on being faithfully present in our community.  On the other weeks, we will be “out & about” on campus, eating together and inviting others to join us.

Check out the calendar and Facebook for more details about what we will be doing each week!  Want to hear more?  Just let us know!

Are you checking out NLCF as a church for this coming school year?  Feel free to scroll down and get a feel for how we live out small-group community in our “Engage Groups”!


 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 organized into 5 Engage Group Families – the Hokie, Gobble, Maroon, Orange, and Grad/Working.  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, BreakOUT, Soul Food, and Kids at Heart.  It is led by David McCann and Ally McCann.  The Hokie Family gathers to eat dinner together (bring your food with you!) at 6:30p on Thursdays at the Loft.

The Gobble Family includes VenTure Up, Pinterested in Christ, Ut Prosim, Grace+Granola, and Women’s Coffee Break.  It is led by Anna Gibbs, Johnny Crumpler, and Jennie Crumpler.  The Gobble Family meets on Wednesdays at 6:30p.

The Maroon Family includes God Squad, Play Tech Girls, Gaming Gobblers, and Pacemakers. It is led by Christian Hearl and Meg Hearl, and they meet on Wednesdays at 6:00p at the Hearl’s (204 Church St. SE #3)

The Orange Family includes Core Sports, B-Listers, and Healthy Roots. It is led by Curtis & Alainna Goodnight, and they meet on Wednesdays for dinner in Owens at 6:30p.

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 Robbie & Kristal Poff, and they meet on Thursdays at 6:00pm at the Poff’s house (PoffHaus).

Engage Groups- 2019-2020 (TENTATIVE)

*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: Trevor LeMaster, Ian Wilson, & Alex VanNoy

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

Time/Location: 6:30p @ The Loft on Thursdays
Contact: Deena Sbitany, Lilly Redman, & Marley Spencer

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: Sarah Bogart & Danielle Ratliffe

BreakOUTThis 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!

Time/Location: 6:30p @ The Loft on Thursdays
Contact: Alex VanNoy & Shea McCormic

Gobble Family

The Gobble Family meets in Hokie Grill at 6:30p on Wednesdays.

VenTure Up: A fellowship called to explore God’s creation – joining together as we humbly seek the Lord..

Time/Location: 6:30p @ Hokie Grill on Wednesdays
Contact: Stevie, David, and Charlie

Grace + Granola: A gaggle of girls who strive to lead granola lives for God.  We’ll be focusing on stewardship and working towards environmental conscousness.  God, granola, Gagglestar Granactica.  .

Time/Location: 6:30p @ Hokie Grill on Wednesdays
Contact: Mady

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 @ Bollo’s Coffee Shop, Family Dinner: 6:30p @ Hokie Grill on Wednesdays
Contact: Anna & Sara

Ut Prosim: Service-Oriented

Time/Location: ________ Family Dinner: 6:30p @ Hokie Grill on Wednesdays
Contact: Carl Murphy & Ashleigh Lowery

Pinterested in Christ: We’re a group of girls intentionally living life together who enjoy Pinteresting while growing our love for Christ and others.

Time/Location:_________ Family Dinner: 6:30p @ Hokie Grill on Wednesdays
Contact: Ashley Deans

Maroon Family

Maroon Family Engage Groups meet at Christian & Meg’s apartment (204 Church St., #3) on Wednesdays at 6:00p.

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: 6:00p @ The Hearl’s on Wednesdays
Contact:  Coral, and Emma R.

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: 6:00p @ The Hearl’s on Wednesdays

Pace Makers: A group of friends getting out in God’s creation and fellowshipping through the ups and downs of running..

Time/Location: 6:00p @ The Hearl’s on Wednesdays
Contact: Stephanie, Ben, and Jack

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 @ Owens on Wednesdays

Go Bros: Guys action-oriented group

Time/Location: 6:30p @ Owens on Wednesdays
Contact: Cole

B-Listers: Growing closer to the Lord and each other while crossing fun things off an ever growing bucket list.

Time/Location: 6:30p @ Owens on Wednesdays
Contact: _____ & Nichole

Healthy Roots: A group of girls that want to live healthy lives together; spiritually, mentally, and physically. We will focus on being rooted in the strength of Christ and how that strength nourishes and sustains every aspect of our lives.

Time/Location: 6:30p @ Owens on Wednesdays
Contact: Kyran & Allie

Grad & Working Family

Grad Students & Working: 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. EG is hosted at the PoffHaus – Thursdays at 6pm. Kids welcome! Email the Poffs for address and other details..

Time/Location: 6:00p at the PoffHaus
Contact: Robbie & Kristal Poff