Welcome to the Roanoke District!

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

The Roanoke District connects 69 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:  J. Douglas Forrester
District Lay Leader:  Gary Morris
Associate District Lay Leaders:  Shirley Brown and Denise Pappas

Roanoke District Office


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

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

Summer Office Hours (Memorial Day to Labor Day)
Monday - Thursday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday 8:30 AM - noon



From the District Superintendent

Posted on 12 May, 2021 by Rev J. Douglas Forrester
The Blessing of Slowness

I believe my brother Michael possesses an ability to perform the Jedi Mind Trick. This has to be true, otherwise, he never could have convinced me to sign up for the 2004 Richmond Marathon. I was serving three rural congregations at the time, was the father of a two-year old, and married to a wife who was working as a full-time educator. I did not have time to train my body to endure running for 26.2 miles.