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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

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

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

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

While the office is staffed during this time we are open to visitors by appointment only.  

From the District Superintendent

Posted on 15 March, 2021 by Rev J. Douglas Forrester
Ten Thousand Spoons

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, When I was in divinity school, the twenty-one-year-old singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette released an album titled Jagged Little Pill. It was a tremendous hit, yielding six singles, charting at number one in the United States for twelve weeks, and selling 33 million copies worldwide. If you remember those days, you have probably heard at least one song from the album. In the days before YouTube and streaming music services, Jagged Little Pill was played on practically every radio station, it seemed, all day long.

One of the best-known songs from the album is titled "Ironic" and it is known for, among other things, the lyric "It's like ten-thousand spoons when all you need is a knife." In many ways, this lyric succinctly describes how church life and pastoral ministry feel in a postmodern age.