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: Young Jin Cho
District Superintendent: Kathleen Overby Webster
District Lay Leader: Brenda Brooks
Associate District Lay Leader: Judy Job
Roanoke District Office
4502 Starkey Road SW Suite 101
Roanoke, VA 24018-8538
Hours: 8:30 AM-4:30 PM, Monday-Friday
From the District Superintendent
Posted on 10 May, 2016 by Kathleen Overby Webster
Bearing Witness in Tension
We stood in the sanctuary of the small frame church, which dates from the 19th century. The Lay Leader was sharing the history of the building with the incoming pastor and me. "There used to be a balcony there." And "I can remember after we installed the steeple it started to look like the roof was sinking in the middle...evidently the balcony had provided support for the whole structure." Structurally the integrity of the whole building was threatened by the lack of the tension that balcony provided.
Learning that the balcony was "where the slaves sat" revealed other tensions in our complex and complicated church and national history. Tensions that are evident in raw encounters across many communities today.