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 15 April, 2021 by J. Douglas Forrester
Why My Children are Over Six Years Apart

A message from Roanoke District Superintendent Rev. J. Douglas Forrester

My daughter Ellen was born in the spring of 2002, and my daughter Claire was born in the fall of 2008. Their age difference has (generally) been a source of great blessings. For example, when they were younger, Ellen could babysit Claire. When Claire was a virtual student, Ellen could supervise her. This is all in addition to the fact that I won't have two kids in college at the same time and will only have two teenagers in the house for about six months.