Welcome to the Roanoke District!

We have compiled online resources with information concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes guidance specific to the Virginia United Methodist Conference and tools to assist local churches during this time. To visit the resources page, click here. 

Out of an abundance of caution and concern for our visitors, staff, and the greater community, all visitors are asked to properly wear masks during their time in the office.


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

Office Hours
Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

From the District Superintendent

Posted on 19 October, 2021 by Rev J. Douglas Forrester
Showing Gratitude for Your Clergy

According to the Duke University Clergy Health Initiative, in 2019 (before COVID), signs of depression in clergy increased by almost 3%. During the same year, diagnosable anxiety increased by 5%. Also, rates of obesity are higher in clergy by as much as 11% than they are in the general population, and it is not just potlucks responsible for that statistic!

This is all to say that those who lead your flock need you as much as you need them. They need your support, concern, and affirmation. Each year, October is Clergy Appreciation Month, and it is my prayer that your PPR/SPR committee will find a way to show your gratitude for those who labor to care for you and for your congregations. I am sure you have many creative ideas regarding how to do this, but just in case, I offer a few practical suggestions: