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 Lay Leader:  Brenda Brooks
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 18 October, 2016 by Rev. Kathleen Overby Webster
Charge Conferences Discuss Discernment

"Are you sick and tired of charge conferences yet?" That questioned was posed to me as I prepared to enter a small frame church on a sunny Sunday afternoon. "Oh no," I replied,  "I don't get 'sick and tired' of charge conferences, tired, yes, sometimes, but never 'sick and tired'." And it's true, I really enjoy the opportunity to be with the leaders of each church for a time of dedicated conversation. The conferencing that happens each year offers me wonderful insights. That's true whether the conversation is with one congregation, a multi-church charge, or a small group of congregations sharing in ministry in an area together.

This year, the conversation has focused on congregations knowing and doing God's will. Our lay leaders, Brenda and Judy, and myself, have been privileged to hear wonderful methods of prayer, study, and conversation that involves the wider congregation not just a small group of identified leaders. In one charge conference conversation we learned that "discern" was an unfamiliar term. But the church was well-tuned to concern for those in their community. They shared how concern moved them to action to offer care and support.