District Lay Leaders


Gary Morris is the Lay Leader for the Roanoke District.  He is an active member of Greene Memorial United Methodist Church in Roanoke City where he serves as Annual Conference delegate. In addition to those responsibilities he serves on Finance, Missions, and Facilities Maintenance committees.  He also represents Greene Memorial as their District Board of Missions and Church Extension appointee.  Gary has served as Co-Chair of Operations for the Annual Conference planning committee in 2015 and 2016.  He is in the process of taking his classes to become a Lay Servant Minister. Contact Gary at gary.morris9251@gmail.com or by phone at 540-793-0865(cell).

Shirley Brown is an Associate Lay Leader for the Roanoke District. She retired from the Federal Government after 31 years and relocated to Christiansburg, VA to be near her daughter and her family.  Shirley has a BA and works occasionally as a substitute teacher. She is a member of Asbury UMC in Christiansburg, is a Lay Servant, sings in the choir, attends the Senior Bible Study Group and has served as a Trustee. Shirley is on the UMW leadership team at St. Paul UMC in Christiansburg and serves on the Roanoke District UMW team as Membership, Nurture & Outreach.  She is a member of the Emmaus community, involved in Kairos Outside ministries and enjoys gardening and traveling.  You can reach Shirley at bro5shirl@aol.com or by phone at 540-449-6705.

Denise Pappas is an Associate Lay Leader for the Roanoke District.  Denise is an active member of St. Mark's UMC in Daleville where she serves on the Welcome committee, Visitation committee, and as a Greeter.  She is a Certified Lay Servant/Leader in the UMC.  She has led a variety of committees, started and led a variety of women's Bible studies (including Women & Their Image at the Roanoke Rescue Mission), worked with the youth on mission trips and has served on an International Mission to Costa Rica through the Rice and Beans Ministry.  You can reach Denise at pappasdenisel@aol.com or by phone at 540-797-5890.