The Gathering is a movement inspiring college students to live for what matters most. We exist so that students in Northern Virginia can know God, find freedom and make a difference in their world. We do this through dynamic worship and powerful messages, real and relevant relationships and a community committed to empowering students to reach for God’s great purpose for their lives. 

Each Monday during the Fall and Spring Semesters, college students have the opportunity to encounter God in the Johnson Center Bistro on the Fairfax Campus of George Mason University and engage in community that produces real freedom through small groups. We know you’ll leave The Gathering refreshed and equipped to take on the rest of your week.


At The Gathering, small groups have one, simple purpose: to bring people together. Our small groups are designed to give everyone at The Gathering a place to belong, to be cared for, and to be encouraged and strengthened in their journey with Jesus. Sharing life through community is part of God’s design for us, but meaningful relationships aren’t always easy to find. That’s why small groups exist—to make these life-changing relationships relevant and accessible to you.


You may have accepted Christ at The Gathering, or somewhere else altogether, maybe even years ago, but you haven’t been baptized. Regardless, if you’ve made a decision to follow Christ, we offer baptism as your next step.

Baptism is the outward expression of an inward decision. If you have accepted Christ, we would love to baptize you and share this special decision with you to go public with your faith! To let us know of your interest to be baptized, complete the form below. We will notify you as soon as we schedule our next baptisms.



Tony Lutyk // Pastor

Tony pastors The Gathering, a move of God in the heart of George Mason University. He has a passion to build a church on campus where students can know God, find freedom and make a difference on campus and worldwide. Tony is a GMU alum and an avid hockey fan. He is passionate about building the local church and communicating the message of Jesus to a generation that is searching for a cause greater than themselves.


Josh Baird // Pastor

Josh Baird is the Associate Pastor of The Life Church in Manassas. He is passionate about God and the Church and he has a real heart to see people find life, freedom and purpose in Jesus Christ. Josh is a gifted communicator and songwriter who is passionate about the Cause of Christ, and consumed with seeing people come into relationship with Jesus. Together with his wife Brittany, they have four beautiful children.


Jessica Shasteen // President

Jessica is a senior here at Mason, pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology through the College of Education and Human Development. Jessica is a gifted leader who believes that every student was designed by God with a great purpose. Through prayer, small group leadership and mentoring her fellow student leaders, Jessica has passion to see student’s know God, find freedom and make a difference right now at GMU.



The Gathering offers a free shuttle that runs from 7:30-7:50PM from the Fairfax Community Church parking lot, and will return you to your car, starting 5 minutes after the service is over. You can also Park in the Mason Pond Parking Deck and walk to the Johnson Center.

Shuttle Address: 11451 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA 22030

Johnson Center address: 4400 University Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030

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