The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.
I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
— Jesus (John 10:10)

the Backdrop

April 16, 2017 marks the 10 year anniversary of the mass shooting that occurred on the campus of Virginia Tech. On that day a thief reared it's violent hands, stole innocence, pronounced death, and left tragedy in it's wake. The community of Virginia Tech was marked as a place of death and massacre while the eyes of the entire world watched and felt the resounding impact.

This year April 16th falls on Easter Sunday, the same day on which we celebrate the resurrection of our savior, Jesus Christ. Jesus swallowed up death in victory and His blood speaks a better word over the campus of Virginia Tech.

Over the past several months, over 70 local church and campus ministry leaders have come together to forge deeper relationships and dialogued about long-term plans to work together to bless the valley in which we live. The heartbeat of the April 16th gathering came out of their prayers and conversations. The Lord clearly spoke of redemption, healing our land, unity, life from death, and hope from tragedy. We are extremely expectant to see the Lord fulfill His own words as we posture our hearts in humility and gather together to worship our risen King this Easter Sunday.

April 16 Gathering Details


We will gather as one family in Christ to celebrate life from death and hope from tragedy. This will be a time to worship and pray together, and encourage one another in the Lord, followed by an opportunity to love and support our local community as the body of Christ. We are expectant for the Lord to do the impossible!


Commonwealth Ballroom, Squires Student Center, Virginia Tech

- Blacksburg Parking Map

- Virginia Tech Parking Map


5-7 PM (Doors open at 4:45 PM)

Candlelight Vigil to follow



Downloadable Promotional Material


Supporting Churches And Ministries

The following churches have either invested their time, energy, expertise, prayers, and/or money into the April 16 Gathering. This gathering would not be possible without their love and support, and it wouldn't be nearly as meaningful outside of their relationships.

If you are a leader in a local church, ministry, or service organization and would like to learn how you can support the April 16 Gathering, contact us today.


Volunteers Needed

Are you interested in volunteering for this event? We could really use your help! We need several volunteers to make this event a success. Learn more on our Volunteer page.