Where We Are

Blacksburg Christian Church
240 Watson Avenue
Blacksburg, VA, 24060


When We Meet


9:45am - Coffee & Conversation

10:00am - Sunday School Classes for Adults, Children, Middle & High School Youth Group

11:00am - Worship Service (Nursery is provided for children ages infant - kindergarten)

5:00pm - Middle & High School Youth Group (6th-12th grades) alternating Sundays; and Elementary Youth Group (Kindergarten - 5th Grade) alternating Sundays - check the monthly newsletter and calendar for dates.

We believe...

  • We believe in one essential tenet—Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior.
  • We believe in no creeds other than the Word of God.
  • We believe in open communion which celebrates the Lord’s Supper for all believers each Sunday.
  • We believe in Baptism by immersion.
  • We believe that our church should be run by its congregation with strong support from its lay leaders.

Blacksburg Christian Church is a member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada.

Baptism symbolizes the death and burial of the old self of the repentant believer, and the joyous birth of a brand new being in Christ. 
The meaning of baptism is grounded in God’s grace toward us and His redemption of us through Jesus Christ.  With other Christians, we affirm that baptism is at once a divine gift and a human response.  Baptism is a public act giving us the opportunity to proclaim God’s grace.

Those who founded the Disciples movement taught baptism by immersion as the accepted form. However, if you are new to our denomination, we do accept your previous baptism. 

At Blacksburg Christian Church, we celebrate baptism annually at the New River.  Those who wish to be baptized enter into the waters of the New River together.  The whole church family gathers on the river bank to witness this sacred and holy moment and to reaffirm their own covenants of baptism.


The Lord’s Supper or Communion is celebrated in weekly worship. It is open to all who are followers of Jesus Christ. The practice of Holy Communion has become the central element of worship within the Disciples tradition and our denominational symbol is the chalice.

Disciples’ observance of the Lord’s Supper echoes the Passover feast, when Jesus shared bread and wine with his disciples on the eve of his crucifixion. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, the living Christ is met and received in the sharing of the bread and the cup, representative of the body and blood of Jesus. The presence of the living Lord is affirmed and he is proclaimed to be the dominant power in our lives.


Our Staff


Gary McCoy
Senior Pastor

Birthday: November 12
Email: blacksburgchristianpastor@gmail.com
Spouse: Jane
Kids: Amy (Eric) Ruppert & Tracy (Gini) McCoy
Grandkids: Stephen, Sarah Jane, Morgan, Wesley & Ellie
    B.S. Health/Physical Education & History, Alderson-Broaddus College, Philippi, WV
    M.A. Education, Virginia Tech
When did you enter the ministry?
Although being a pastor is a second career for me, I’ve always considered myself to be in the ministry.  I felt that being an educator in the Montgomery County Public School system for over 35 years was a ministry.  I retired from the school system in 2004 and became a licensed Disciples of Christ minister in the Region of Virginia in 2005.

How long have you been at this church?
In August 2018, I will have served twelve years as pastor of this church.

Have you read any good books lately?
Three books I’m currently reading are:
Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor
Grounded – Finding God in the World by Diana Butler Bass
Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall & Denver Moore

Is there a place that has changed your life?       
Working with young people at Craig Springs Retreat Center as a counselor over the years has definitely changed my life.

Do you have a life philosophy?
When things come at you, do your part right.


Sarah St. Jean

Birthday: December 12
Email: blacksburgchristian@gmail.com
Spouse: Chris
Kids: Samantha (Marcus) McClellan & Jesse St. Jean (Jesse Lykins)
Grandkids: Leah & Micah 

    B.A. in Economics and Computer Science, Goucher College, Towson, MD
7 Places I have lived:
Baltimore, MD
Nuremberg, Germany
Enterprise, AL
Alexandria, VA
Williamsburg, VA
Lansing, KS
Limerick, PA
5 Things I like to do:
Spend time with my family
Snuggle my grand babies
Go to the movies
Work-out at the gym
Plan parties!

Favorite Scripture:
Hebrews 12:1-3


John (J.B.) Beane
YOUTH Minister

Birthday: February 15
Email: blacksburgchristianyouth@gmail.com
Spouse: Danette                                                                            Kids: Morgan, Riley, and Bowman                                                  Education: B.A. Environmental Policy, Roanoke College

What music is usually playing in your car?                                      Toby Mac, Lauren Daigle, Francesca Battistelli

What's the best concert you've ever attended?                              Dave Matthew's Band

Have you played any sports?                                                          basketball and baseball

Do you have a life philosophy?                                                        "I believe you can do anything if you approach it with the right attitude."  "That's why I'm a firefighter and a taxidermist!"

What's one of the strangest things you've ever done?                      "I've sat on a toilet in public at Craig Springs Camp!"


Our Elders

As you walk through our doors, you will find many opportunities to continue your walk of faith through leadership and service opportunities.  Volunteers teach, lead vacation Bible school, coordinate our outreach efforts to the community, and serve as deacons and elders.  Our elders provide spiritual direction for our church family and act in the role of shepherd, nurturing their assigned families during life’s transitions, ups and downs.