Don and Katrina Hines: VALOR at Virginia Tech

Don & Katrina Hines are serving with Valor at VA Tech, a CRU ministry to cadets. VT is home to nearly 1,200 cadets (future military officers). They are seeking to raise up a generation of men and women within our Armed Services who are passionate about living the Gospel out within our military both at home and abroad. Through personal evangelism, group and individual discipleship, and spiritual leadership training they are helping turn lost cadets into lifelong laborers of Jesus who will not only serve our country well, but serve our God well in the midst of their duty.

VERITAS

Veritas is a biannual, cooperative venture between The River and other local businesses exploring interesting aspects of culture. Veritas is a opportunity to explore often-unexpected places where the Church and Culture intersect through good conversation and thought-provoking speakers.

Past Veritas topics and speakers have included: Music (Speaker: Ken Myers, former arts and humanities editor for NPR, founder and host of Mars Hill Audio); Wine (Speaker: Randall Horst, wine aficionado and manager of Vintage Cellar); Entrepreneurship (Speaker: David Poteet, founder and president of the interactive media company NewCity). Here's a sample:

PREGNANCY RESOURCE CENTER OF THE NEW RIVER VALLEY

We support the Pregnancy Resource Center of the New River Valley and we have several people in our congregation who volunteer their time and talents at the PRC. 

WYCLIFFE BIBLE TRANSLATORS: BOB AND YEZMIN ULFERS

Since 1990, Bob and Yezmin have been working with Wycliffe Bible translators in Cameroon to translate the Bible into the Karang language.

TOLEDO CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

For several years we have been partnering with Toledo Christian Academy, a school near Punta Gorda, Belize. TCA provides a strong Christian education for students in the surrounding areas, many of whom come from impoverished and broken families. In the past we have partnered with TCA to build or repair buildings, to lead a VBS program, and to minister to local families and children. 

Erika Holub: Navigators at PenN State

Erika was a member at The River for several years and worked part-time with Navigators at Virginia Tech before heading to Penn State for full-time ministry evangelizing and discipling students there.

BLACKSBURG INTERFAITH FOOD PANTRY

The Interfaith Food Pantry is an entirely volunteer led organization that provides much-needed support to families in Blacksburg and McCoy. The River joins with several local churches to send donations and volunteers to support the IFP, which serves over 550 families per month.