Welcome to the Roanoke District!

Welcome to the website for the Roanoke District of The Virginia Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.

The Roanoke District connects 70 United Methodist Churches in Bedford, Botetourt, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Montgomery and Roanoke Counties and the cities of Roanoke and Salem with the Virginia Annual Conference, the United Methodist Church and the World in ministry to others on behalf of Christ.  

The clergy and laity of the Roanoke District are supervised by a Conference appointed District Superintendent. The Virginia Conference is composed of 16 districts serving over 1,200 local United Methodist congregations across most of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Virginia Conference Bishop:  Sharma D. Lewis
District Superintendent:  Kathleen Overby Webster
District Co-Lay Leaders:  Brenda Brooks and Gary Morris
Associate District Lay Leader:  Judy Job 

Roanoke District Office

4502 Starkey Road SW   Suite 101
Roanoke, VA 24018-8538

Phone: 540-989-3335
Fax: 540-989-0672

Office Hours 
8:30 AM-4:30 PM, Monday-Friday                             

From the District Superintendent

Posted on 15 February, 2018 by Rev. Kathleen Overby Webster
Seeing the Signs

It's not that we didn't notice the sign, it's more that we didn't fully understand what it conveyed. We left the cabin in West Virginia and made our way out of the property along a rutted, former logging road, then at the entrance gate we had a choice. We could turn right and take the narrow paved road down the mountain, cross the river, that still bore signs of the flooding the was caused by the previous year's hurricane, and turn onto the main US two lane highway that would carry us back to Virginia. Or we could turn left and take the "back way" that went around and down the other side of the mountain, cross a "dry-weather bridge", and connect into the US highway 25 miles further east. Though we were still newcomers to this community, we had taken both roads before. On that February day we turned left.

It was sunny, and cold. But there was no snow on the ground and it had been several weeks, perhaps a month, since it had snowed in that area. So as we drove past the next farm we did not realize the importance of the "Road Not Maintained in Winter" sign mounted in the gravel edge where the road narrowed. We were quite a ways down the mountain before we hit the first patch of ice. In short order the whole road was completely ice and snow and cell service non-existent. It was a scary ride, even with 4-wheel drive engaged, slowly inching forward, slipping to one side then another.