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

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 14 January, 2021 by Rev. J. Douglas Forrester
Looking Towards Lent 2021

Sometime between 1418 and 1427, a German canon regular named Thomas a Kempis composed a devotional book called The Imitation of Christ. In this classic example of Christian writing, Thomas asks the reader a question: "Who wages a stronger battle than one who labors to overcome oneself?" As we approach the holy season of Lent I am certain that we, in one way or another, will be asking ourselves that same question as we seek to grow in grace such that we may "overcome ourselves."

In that spirit, I wish to offer you a resource for this kind of self-examination that it is my prayer that each of us can use in some way in this year's Lenten journey: our Conference's home-grown race relations videos and curriculum.