At Encounter Church, we believe community and connection are important.  That is why we have Lifegroups. There are many Lifegroups where you and your family can grow, laugh and serve together. Get connected today!
*See our Events page for any special activities.



Encounter’s Ark

 Encounter’s Ark is committed to the safe and loving environment for children ages 0 to 35 months.  Believing that children of all ages can learn, qualified volunteers ensure that the physical and spiritual needs of toddlers and infants are met, as they engage in fun and
age-appropriate activities that align with the Word of God.
Encounter’s Ark meets on Sunday mornings at 11 A.M. and Wednesday nights at 7 P.M.

Encounter’s Pre-K

Encounter’s Pre-K class is for children ages 3 through 5. They meet on Sundays at 11 A.M. and Wednesday nights at 7 P.M.  Children learn Biblical lessons that are relevant and
 developmentally appropriate while learning social skills by interacting with other children of the same age group.   
To get connected, or for more information, contact
Pastor Joshua at

Encounter Kids

 The Children’s Ministry at Encounter Church exists to provide a loving, nurturing, and safe environment in which to teach our children the importance of a personal relationship with our Savior, Jesus Christ. 
Encounter Kids is for grades
K-5th and meets on Sunday mornings at 11 A.M. 
To get connected on Sunday mornings, or for more information, contact
Courtney Schneider at
Also, Encounter Kids meets on Wednesday nights at 7 P.M..
To get connected on Wednesday nights, or for more information, contact Pastor Joshua at




Relentless Love Students

Relentless Love Student Ministries is for students grades 6th through 12th. Our vision is to love youth where they are, encourage youth in developing their relationship with God, provide them with opportunities for nurture and growth and challenge them to respond to God’s call to serve in their communities and the world.  
To get connected or for more information contact Pastor Joshua at or 540-786-3335.
Relentless Love Students meet on Wednesday at the Shannon Family Life Center from 6 to 8 P.M..


Impact College and Career

Impact College and Career is for singles between 18-27 and exists to meet social, intellectual, and spiritual needs by providing an opportunity for meeting like-minded people in an environment that is fun and encouraging all while drawing closer and leading others to Christ.
Impact meets Wednesday at 7 P.M.
To get connected or for more information contact Aaron and Jaimee Kahler at


Men With A Cause

Men with a cause is a growing men’s ministry of Encounter, Our first cause is to bring glory to God our father, then to bring Jesus Christ to a lost and hurting world.  We are a growing men’s  ministry seeking to help grow strong and Godly men, fathers and husbands. Also to help widows, churches, and any other mission fields God leads us to.
To get connected or for more information contact the group leader Stewart Decatur at or 540-645-0911
Men With A Cause currently meet the 2nd Sunday of the month at 6 P.M. 

women of purpose

Women of Purpose

The vision of Women of Purpose is to stir up, set on fire; to illuminate God’s power within our lives-  not the power that the world craves, but a divine empowerment that transforms each and every life; to becoming a flaming army of more than conquering, women of God.
To get connected or for more information contact Nicole Frost at or 540-446-6827
 Women of Purpose currently meet the 2nd Sunday of the month at 6 P.M.


Married Couples Ministry



  Our mission is to empower, encourage, and educate married couples on what God’s purpose is for Marriage.  In today’s society the importance of Marriage has become increasingly insignificant.  Through the study of God’s word and social interaction, we will embed power into the hearts of every married couple involved in order to equip them for any situation so that they may propel themselves into what God has promised for their marriage. See the events calendar for any upcoming events. 


Young at Heart Ministry

This Group is 50 years of age & above!
The Young at Heart Ministry does special fellowships through out the year, see the events calendars for dates.
For more information contact the group leaders Gary and Vanessa Burcham at 540-371-0886.
widows might

Widows’ Might

 We are a group of ladies totally sold out to God. While we do not offer grief counseling,we do minister to each other in prayer and friendship. Jesus is our husband now and we cling very closely to Him. Jeremiah 29:11 tells us He knows the plans He has for us and we can hardly wait for Him to show us what it is and what we can do to complete that plan…we love to serve. Widows of all ages and denominations have always been welcome.
Widows’ Might meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at the Shannon Family Life Center at 10 A.M..  
To get connected or for more information contact the group lead Rosalie Molloy at 540 842 2108 or

Alpha/Omega Women’s Bible Study

Alpha and Omega meet every 1st Tuesday of the month at 10 A.M.