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 May, 2018 by Rev. Kathleen Overby Webster
Posture of Prayer

wall100I was immediately struck by two photos I recently saw. One was of Bishop Sharma Lewis praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem during her recent Holy Land Pilgrimage. Another was taken in Chicago as she led the Council of Bishops in prayer at the close of a working session. In both pictures, it was her posture of prayer that struck me.

At the Western Wall (above photo), her hands and forehead were pressed against the ancient stones as she fully leaned into the holy space. bishoppray100In the ballroom turned meeting room in Chicago (photo left), she was leaning forward on her knees, elbows planted on the chair seat in front of her. In her hands she clutched the microphone, but even through the static camera lens I could see the way her whole being was involved in the prayer. It was an extraordinary picture even as the camera panned out to include other bishops in the photo frame, some knelt with heads bowed, while some remained seated with arms uplifted.