Engage Groups




*Summer 2017*

During the summer, our Engage Group structure and weekly rhythm looks a little different than it does during the school year.  This summer, we’ll be joining together as one Summer Engage Group.  We’ll be meeting at 6.30p on Wednesdays at the Loft!  Check out the Facebook Group for more up to date info!






 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!




Engage Group Families

Our Engage Groups are split into three Engage Group Families – the Hokie 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, Vitamin G, 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 Maroon Family includes Faith, Friendship, & Fun, Mosaic, The Sweet Life, and Grad Students & Working. It is led by Christian Hearl and Meg Hearl.

The Orange Family includes Brollos, Central Perk, Co-Rec Intramural Sports, Stretch, Soulfood, Venture Up, and Women’s Coffee Break. It is led by Curtis & Alainna Goodnight.


Where Is the Loft?

The Loft is located off of Draper Rd. 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.




Engage Groups- Spring 2017

*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: TBD for Fall 2017
Contact: Andrew Hockhammer, Grant Spencer

Vitamin G: If you like sweets, coffee, and tea, come out to Pritchard on Thursday nights!  We are a group of girls who like to laugh together, grow together, and support each other in all of life’s endeavors.

Time/Location: TBD for Fall 2017
Contact: Sydney SiskBianca Reyes

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: TBD for Fall 2017
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: TBD for Fall 2017
Contact: Isabel Dowty, Rachelle del Rosario


Maroon Family

Maroon Family Engage Groups meets for dinner at OWENS on Thursdays @ 6:30p before Engage Groups start at 7:30p.

Faith, Friendship, & Fun: We are a group of gals living out our faith together in mission, all while having some fun.  This semester we will spend 10-15 minutes exploring an art journaling technique (lettering, collages, coloring) before transitioning in a time of Bible Study.  Once a month, we will come together to work on a longer project.  No experience necessary, just a willingness to be creative! 

Time/Location: TBD for Fall 2017
Contact:  Meg Hearl

Mosaic: We are a collection of odds & ends and what brings us together is that we’re all different.  We come from different countries, we have vastly different interests and backgrounds, and we’re in different stages of life, but we find that the fact that we don’t congregate around one thing is a strength.  Our ministry is made up of the season of life and opportunities that each of us has, letting all those pieces collectively drive us as we support one another.

Time/Location: TBD for Fall 2017
Contact: Sean Lunsford, Melanie Trammell

The Sweet Life: A hub rooted in fellowship and a willingness to engage in one another’s interests.  As a group, we will practice civility and be embracing Ut Prosim for the benefit of the Kingdom.  We as a whole love being active (sports, outdoorsy stuff, and pretty much anything else).  We’ll also be tackling the famous Hokie bucket list!

Time/Location: TBD for Fall 2017
Contact: Cody Gavan, Christian Hearl

Grad Students & Working: For graduate students or people that work in the area. We will go deeper into the Sunday teachings, build friendships over dinner, and focus on reaching out to our colleagues, co-workers, and neighbors.

Time/Location: TBD for Fall 2017
Contact: Laura McCarter




Orange Family

We meet for dinner at Owens on Wednesdays @ 5:30 PM

Brollos: Guys getting together in a casual atmosphere, sharing life, and taking Sunday teachings to more depth.

Time/Location: TBD for Fall 2017
Contact: Robbie Poff

Central Perk: We are an all girls group who love to watch Friends, eat food, and live life together!  Come watch Friends with us!

Time/Location: TBD for Fall 2017
Contact: Bekah Routzon, Amanda Wallace

Co-Rec Intramural Sports: To 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.

Time/Location: TBD for Fall 2017
Contact: Eli Hearl, Crystal Blankenship,
Tim Beyer

Stretch: We are a group of girls coming together to do yoga and stretch our bodies, minds, and faith to grow closer to the Lord!

Time/Location: TBD for Fall 2017
Contact: Savanna Baxley & Aubrey Davis

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

Time/Location: TBD for Fall 2017
Contact: Rebecca Hoppe, Megan Walton, & Margaret Davis

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 & pursuing Jesus together.

Time/Location: TBD for Fall 2017
Contact: Rachel Darling, Christian Decker

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: TBD for Fall 2017
Contact: Kristal Poff