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 October, 2019 by Rev. Kathleen Overby Webster
Leadership in Liminal Times

Everywhere I go it seems the conversation revolves around the same themes: challenging finances, changing demographics, aging properties, and emerging visions. So it's no surprise that Susan Beaumont had me at the title of her new book How to Lead When You Don't Know Where You're Going: Leading in a Liminal Season.

Honestly it resonates, as these excerpts from the beginning of the first chapter show, as a season of many questions and few easy answers:The problem is that the new thing is not yet apparent ... They are stuck in liminal space, stuck at a threshold between an ending and a new beginning ... Liminality fuels ambiguity and disorientation ... A liminal organization needs to unlearn old behaviors, challenge the status quo, experiment, take risks, and learn ... Organizational life is full of liminal experiences - seasons where something has ended, but a new thing has not yet begun. Seasons where watching and waiting can be difficult, overplanning can be futile, and it simply isn't helpful to pretend that we understand what happens next.