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 68 United Methodist Churches (56 charges) 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

Summer Office Hours (Memorial Day to Labor Day)
Monday - Thursday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday 8:30 AM - noon

From the District Superintendent

Posted on 19 July, 2021 by Rev. J. Douglas Forrester
Patience, Grace and Cooperation

Greetings from the Staunton District Office, where I began my role as the District Superintendent of this additional district on July 1. I was recently asked by a District Lay Leader from another part of the Conference how laity and lay leadership could help make this new arrangement work. My thoughts are below.

 This new arrangement will rise and fall on patience, grace, and cooperation between clergy, laity, lay leadership and district superintendents. I have been in the Staunton office since Sunday and I am already noticing how my meeting scheduling has changed. What used to be "Can you meet at the end of the week?" or "Can you meet early next week?" has become "Can you meet two weeks from tomorrow?" This is simply because of my physical location at any given time. Of course, Zoom meetings help meetings happen sooner, but for those who wish for meetings in person, the process will naturally take longer than before.