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 (on medical leave)
     Interim Bishop:  Peter (Pete) D. Weaver (started 3-7-2019)
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 18 March, 2019 by Rev. Kathleen Overby Webster

I had hoped for more from last month's General Conference. I had hoped that the call for unity would enable us to honor Jesus' call that we all be one rather than any "us" and "them."  I had hoped that conferencing together would model holiness in conversation rather than divisive rhetoric to a broken world. I had hoped that united in one mission we could overcome divides of language, culture, and theology. I had hoped that the General Conference could mirror the strength of local congregations where congregants hold many different, and sometimes opposing, views about any number of theological, political, and social issues and yet are united in following Jesus to make disciples and serve the least, offering hope and healing.  I had hoped that the United Methodist Church would emerge more connected rather than more fractured. 

I realize that my litany of "had hoped" echoes the words in Luke 24:21. On the road to Emmaus Cleopas and another disciple encounter another traveler with whom they share their hopes and disappointments and perplexities and even wonder. The traveler challenges their assumptions and conclusions and present sense of hopelessness. When the traveler breaks bread at table, they suddenly recognize him as Jesus crucified and risen.