Our Team

Meet the full-time, part-time, and volunteer staff whose job it is to enable the rest of NLCF to do its thing.  Each one has a heart for college students, and has been a part of NLCF for many years.  Read below to get a little more information about each one, as well as the different responsibilities and focuses they have.

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Jim Pace

Jim has been on staff with NLCF since 1996. He and his wife Tracy have been married since 1995 and they have three kids: Noah, Seth, and Emma.

In 2002, he was ordained through Great Commission Association of Churches as a Pastor/Elder. Presently, he oversees NLCF’s campus congregation, teaches about 75% of the time, coaches several of the staff and student leaders, keeps an eye on the trajectory of the church overall, and maintains connections with churches or congregations that NLCF has planted (6 to date) and one network that NLCF helped start (Ecclesia). He is involved with Ecclesia, The Collegiate Church Network, as well as the BGAV. Additionally, he travels and speaks across the country.


Jeanette Staats

Jeanette's roles & responsibilities include - general co-oversight of NLCF, discipleship, Maroon Family Engage Group 'Mom', New Life Kids!, church-wide events & service projects, Spring Break Trip leader, and a few miscellaneous administrative tasks. She has faithfully served in full-time collegiate ministry since June of 2000!

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Robbie Poff

Robbie, a southwest Virginia native, has been attending NLCF since 2001 and on the equipping team since 2011. His main roles include heading up our creative and community gathering ministries. He also co-leads the Orange Family with his wife Kristal and runs the Brollos Engage Group. His passions are discipleship, the church, music, running and fishing. He and Kristal have a wonderfully sweet daughter named Roslyn.


Kristal Poff

Kristal has been a part of the NLCF equipping team since 2008. She and Robbie have been married since 2010 and have a sweet little lady named Roslyn.

Her roles include leading and equipping through co-overseeing the Orange Family Engage Groups, teaching, discipling women in the church, and facilitating an Engage Group. She also works as a staff coach and leads NLCF’s women’s ministry - REACH. Kristal leads worship and seeks to welcome others into the community of NLCF as our Connections Team Director.

She is passionate about living life with young people through discipleship - walking through the growth and training of knowing their value in Christ and what it is to live into the calling God has on each of their lives.

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David McCann

David has taken on a variety of roles since coming on staff in November of 2014. First, he is the co-parent for the Hokie Family collection of Engage Groups. Through that he coaches and disciples the guy leaders in that family. He also teaches on Sundays, leads the Honduras spring break trip, organizes the Life After College workshop series, and manages our building, 130 Jackson, as a venue for Blacksburg. In addition to these roles, he also helps with community gatherings and finances.


Anna Gibbs

Anna started on staff in 2017 after serving as an intern during her senior year. Her heart for discipleship has led to her various roles within the church. She helps coach and disciple several young woman with the hopes of seeing hearts and lives forever changed.

Anna also helps out in various ways with our Sunday gatherings. One of those ways is by helping coordinate and equip the musicians and worship teams. She also helps oversee the Sunday morning service, ensuring the sound equipment is setup properly and the service runs smoothly.

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Alainna Goodnight

New to our staff team this year, but not new to NLCF, Alainna has a devoted passion to seeing others follow Christ more closely. She is very active in the Orange Family, including coaching and discipling the female leaders. Her gifts in evangelism help spread the Kingdom on campus.

Alainna leads the HUG (Hospitality, Ushers, and Greeters) team, making sure volunteers are scheduled and the community gatherings are executed well.


Curtis Goodnight

Also new to the staff team this year, Curtis loves challenging men to a stronger walk with God. He helps oversee the Orange Family, working to see the male leaders grow in their character and ministry skills.

Curtis also helps in our worship teams by playing drums for various gatherings and events.

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Christian Hearl

Christian has been a part of this church since he was a freshman in 2009, and joined the equipping team in 2013. His passion for seeing God do big and amazing things has put him in various places in our church.

Christian helps parent the Maroon Family of Engage Groups, alongside his wife, Meg. He also helps lead the annual spring break trip to Florida, teaches on Sundays, and serves as a Community Gatherings leader.


Meg Hearl

Meg joined our family in 2015 after graduating from Liberty University. She has the desire to see the people around her come to know the Lord, as well as to equip and encourage people towards stronger relationships with God.

She co-parents the Maroon family with her husband Christian, which involves casting vision, discipling leaders, and more! Her roles put her in many places to make an impact for the Kingdom by pouring into the spaces she spends time.

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