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 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:  Kathleen Overby Webster
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 
8:30 AM-4:30 PM, Monday-Friday                       

From the District Superintendent

Posted on 15 January, 2019 by Rev. Kathleen Overby Webster
Bring all Your Requests to God

Pensive Jesus (as I called the painting in my mind) grabbed my attention in worship. From where I sat that morning my view of the framed painting behind and above the pulpit and choir loft was unimpeded. I had never seen it from such an unobstructed vantage before and really I could not look away. It held my focus in the same way paintings of Jesus laughing do ... so startlingly different from much church art. Jesus, lost in thought or deep in prayer, is seemingly oblivious to the eruption of the rising sun, or perhaps it was the final fade-out of a setting one.

What moment is the artist conveying? Just before Jesus left his private and anonymous life behind and walked down to the Jordan to be baptized by John? Or perhaps it in the moments afterward, when the heavens had opened, and a dove descended, and God's voice had clearly called him "beloved."Or was it in the days of isolation and hunger and temptation? Was it after Jesus had proclaimed a fulfillment when reading from Isaiah's scroll in the synagogue and then been chased out of his home town? Or was it as Jesus prepared to call those first disciples, who could it, should it, will it be? What will they leave behind and what will they gain? Is it after a hard day or season of healing bodies and easing minds and challenging lives and restoring spirits? Is it when Jerusalem, Gethsemane, and Calvary are in view?