District Office Staff

The Rev. Kathleen Overby Webster, District Superintendent


Rev. Overby Webster is a native Virginian; her home church is Fredericksburg UMC; she is a graduate of Stafford County High School, the College of William and Mary, and Duke Divinity School. She has served in a variety of settings (the Greensville Charge in Emporia, Forest Grove UMC in Ashland, McGaheysville UMC in the Harrisonburg District, as Superintendent of the Staunton District, and most recently at Asbury UMC in Harrisonburg). She has served on the Board of Ordained Ministry, the Committee on the Episcopacy, and on the Virginia Conference Council on Finance and Administration. 

Kathleen is married to Harold Webster Jr., a retired Elder in the conference. She is mother to Joel, stepmother to Cherise and Harold III, and grandma to Michael, Tyler, and Liam. She was appointed by Bishop Cho to serve as the Roanoke District Superintendent beginning in July 2013. 

You may email Rev. Overby Webster at RoanokeDS@vaumc.org

Cynthia T. Martin, Office Manager/Bookkeeper


Cindy became our office manager in September 2011 and took on the additional responsibilities of bookkeeper in January 2014.  She  graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Accounting and Finance and worked on her Masters in Business Administration at the University of Richmond.  She completed Professional Association of United Methodist Church Secretaries (PAUMCS) certification in July 2015.

She and her husband, Tom, are members of Cave Spring UMC where she has enjoyed teaching children's Sunday school for many years. She is active in UMW and serves on the Roanoke District UMW Board. She has two grown children, Justin and Megan. 

You may reach her at RoanokeDistrict@vaumc.org

Jan McCall Failes, Office/Program Assistant


Jan McCall Failes is our Office/Program Assistant.  Jan is a graduate of Red River College in Winnipeg, Canada, and adds her extensive communication experience to the district team.  She has served on the Virginia Conference Board of Communications and the Board of Global Ministries, as a Jurisdictional Delegate, and as Coordinator of the Voices of Youth Awakening the UMC to Mission.  She is passionate about mission and has led numerous UMVIM teams for youth and adults, including Africa University in Zimbabwe and worked as a Case Manager at the Rescue Mission in Roanoke.   

She is married to Rev. B. Failes, lead pastor at Thrasher Memorial UMC in Vinton. She can be reached at RoanokeOA@vaumc.org