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Engage Groups

Summer 2020

This summer, we will be joining together as one “Summer Family”! We will have a collective Zoom call at 7:00p on Wednesdays, followed by various small group opportunities throughout the week. This is a great chance to stay connected to Christian community over the summer, whether in Blacksburg or beyond. Email us for more details about the Zoom call!





 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!


**Stay tuned as we approach August 2020 for a more updated list of current Engage Group and Family options!**  

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 McCannAlly McCann and Stephanie Arnold.  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, Ut Prosim, Grace+Granola, and Women’s Coffee Break.  It is led by Jennie Crumpler and Anna Gibbs.  The Gobble Family meets on Wednesdays at 6:30p in the Loft.

The Maroon Family includes God Squad, InFocus, and Pacemakers. It is led by Christian Hearl, Meg Hearl, and Emma Davis 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, Healthy Roots, and The Local Boys. It is led by Jeanette Staats, Noah Pace & Allie Mosley. They meet on Thursdays 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

This list will be updated for the 2020-2021 school year as we get closer to August!

*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 LeMasterIan Wilson

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

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

Kids at Heart:We are a group of gals who really take “living with a childlike faith” to heart! We love spending time with kiddos to spread love and create smiles, while also diving into scripture and living life together.

Time/Location: 6:30p @ The Loft on Thursdays
Contact: Sarah Bogart

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: Shea McCormic

Gobble Family

The Gobble Family meets in the Loft at 6:30p on Wednesdays.  Engage Groups meet after family time.

VenTure Up: An all-guys group called to explore God’s creation in the great outdoors- joining together as we humbly seek the Lord.

Time/Location: 6:30p @ The Loft on Wednesdays
Contact: David Sanches and Alex Keller

Grace + Granola: A gaggle of girls who strive to lead granola lives for God.  We strive to be stewards of love, grace, and God’s creation.  God, granola, Gagglestar Granactica.  .

Time/Location: 6:30p @ The Loft on Wednesdays
Contact: Sara Hallam & Taylor Farley

Women’s Coffee Break: We’re a group of girls who spend the morning waking up 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)!

Time/Location: 7:00a @ Bollo’s Coffee Shop on Wednesdays, Family Dinner: 6:30p @ The Loft on Wednesdays
Contact: Elizabeth Alabaster & Sara Matthew

OUT Prosim: A group of believers and Hokies whose mission is to bring the Kingdom to Blacksburg through community service and giving.

Time/Location: 6:30p @ The Loft on Wednesdays
Contact: Carl Murphy & Ashleigh Lowery

Maroon Family

Maroon Family Engage Groups meet at Christian & Meg’s apartment (204 Church St., #3) on Wednesdays for dinner at 6:00p, followed by discussion and Bible study at 7:30p.

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 are a co-ed group who love to get together and play games of all kinds, at all skill levels!

Time/Location: 6:00p @ The Hearl’s on Wednesdays
Contact: Greg Suliga and Grace Cutsinger

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: Ben Fischer and Emma Pace

InFocus: We are a co-ed group whose goal is to grow closer to each other and the Lord through photography! Whether you’re an avid photographer or just wanna try it out, all are welcome! No equipment necessary, you can borrow from the VT library or use your phone!

Time/Location: 6:00p @ The Hearl’s on Wednesdays
Contact: Aislinn Grant & DJ Burkholder

Orange Family

Orange family meets for dinner at 6:30p on Thursdays 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 Thursdays
Contact: Adam Vaughan & Abby Darko

The Local Boys: A group of Jesus-Lovin’ guys taking advantage of all the things Blacksburg has to offer. Just some of the things we do are shooting, bowling, hiking, poker nights, Ping Pong, pool, IM sports, and occasional trips to Rural King.

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

B-Listers: A community focused on growing closer to each other and growing closer to God while crossing things off of an ever grow-ing bucket list; from having brownie bake-offs to burning a couch.

Time/Location: 6:30p @ Owens on Thursdays
Contact: Tabitha Ngo

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

Time/Location: 6:30p @ Owens on Thursdays
Contact: Allie Kittrell

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 on Thursdays
Contact: Robbie & Kristal Poff