Ministries & Missions

Alta Mons

Alta Mons is a year-round camp and retreat facility conveniently located between Roanoke and Christiansburg, a place where you can encounter God in the great outdoors. From day hikes to Stiles Falls to week-long retreats or summer camp, Alta Mons has something for everyone.  Alta Mons celebrated its 60th Anniversary in 2017. Here is a VIDEO LINK.  

Alta Mons: Camp and Retreat Center
2842 Crocket Springs Road
Shawsville, Va 24162
540-268-2409      FAX 540-268-9503

Board of Missions and Church Extension

logobomThe Board of Mission and Church Extension of The Roanoke District Virginia Conference of the Methodist Church was formed in 1948 for the purpose of organization of schools, aid of weak churches, acquisition of real estate and building new churches, promotion of social works, and support of mission and institutions for the relief of those in need.  As times and church structure have changed the Board of Missions and Church Extension of the Roanoke District, Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church retains these core objectives and is the vehicle for supporting local churches and community organizations that fill those objectives.  Traditionally grant applications are received once a year in January for all programs and projects and are reviewed by the Executive committee.  Recommendations are then voted on at an Annual Meeting in March.  The Board of Missions members consist of one lay and one clergy representative from each charge.

2019 Grant Application - The grant process is closed for this year.  All applications were due January 31, 2019. 

Roanoke District Board of Missions and Church Extension
4502 Starkey Road SW, Suite 101
Roanoke, VA 24018-8538

Builder's Club

The goal of the Builder's Club is to help build, expand and renovate church facilities in the Roanoke District.  Each Builder's Club member is asked to commit to respond to calls for contributions, with two calls per year approved by the Board of Missions of the Roanoke District.  The commitment can be changed or canceled at any time.  A detailed brochure is available HERE and a video about a church who was helped by the Builders' Club, is available HERE.  

UMC Roanoke District Office - BUILDER'S CLUB
4502 Starkey Road SW - Ste 101
Roanoke, VA 24018-8538

Choosing The Faithful Path

The Roanoke UMC District invited Rev. Beth and Kelly Crissman, coaches for Plowpoint, Inc. to come and train a small group of district clergy and laity who have agreed to use their time and gifts to assist some of our local church in examining their growth, vitality and future path.  The program called, Choosing the Faith Path, and its companion, Conversations at the Crossroads, will be offered to local churches.  

Churches are welcome to participate -- we welcome your inquires at or 540-989-3335.  Descriptions of the programs are available HERE.  

Common Table

The Common Table serves to coordinate and prioritize the ministries and resources of the Roanoke District.  The table image reminds us of the community gathered around the Lord's Table.  We gather in our rich diversity around a common vision and mission.  The Roanoke District Common Table includes teams of clergy and laity that focus on Leadership Development, Ministry with Young People, Mission and Justice, and Communications.  Current leaders are listed here.  

Community College Ministries

Stephen Darr
620 N. Main Street, Suite 306
Blacksburg, VA  24060

Hermitage Roanoke 

hermnew   1009 Old Country Club Road, NW
   Roanoke, VA 24017   

Current news:

Since 1964, Hermitage Roanoke has been a Continuing Care Retirement Community and is part of Pinnacle Living, formerly known as Virginia United Methodist Homes. 

Kids Soar

(formerly Community Outreach Program - COP)

kidsKids Soar - formerly Community Outreach Program of Roanoke (COP)
Candace Hess, Executive Director
305 Mountain Avenue 
Roanoke, VA 24016
            540-342-3102     FAX 540-342-0412


Current Needs -- Volunteers & Donations

Kids Soar is a Virginia UMC Conference Advance Special #5004, (still listed as Community Outreach Program) which means it has been selected by the Conference Missional Ministries Board for special emphasis and support. Kids Soar would not be here today if it wasn't for the United Methodist Women of Trinity United Methodist Church who founded our organization in 1989.  

Thanks you to the hundreds of volunteers that gave countless hours to make a difference in children's lives, the donors who have given so generously of their money, time and talents and the board members and staff that continued to have a vision and courage to see the potential realized. Thanks also to the families we have worked with through the years and for all the prayers that have been made for the program's mission and the people we serve.  Kids Soar is looking forward to the next 30 years!

Scouting & Civic Youth-Serving Ministry



General Council of United Methodist Men Scouting
National Association of United Methodist Scouters   

PRAY - info on awards to help youth grow in faith and service
Scouting Ministry Specialist - how to become 
Project List - Eagle Scout, Gold Award and service project opportunities at Camp Alta Mons 

Roanoke District Scouting & Civic Youth-Serving Ministry Coordinator:  Barbara Duerk at:  

Virginia Conference Ministry of Scouting Coordinator:  Bill Chafin at:  

United Methodist Men

The primary purpose of United Methodist Men is to declare the centrality of Christ in the lives of men and in all their relationships. Accordingly, Virginia Conference United Methodist Men works with the District organizations, in developing programs to meet the needs and interests of men of all ages. Latest UM Men News: The Beacon

Va. Conference UM Men Website:


United Methodist Women

United Methodist Women is a supportive, inclusive Christian membership organization where women like you grow spiritually, develop as leaders and serve and work to create a world in which all women, children and youth thrive. United Methodist Women is celebrated as the women's ministry of The United Methodist Church.  
Latest UMW District Newsette: Sept 2019   May 2019   February 2019                
Latest VAUMC UMW News - The Link  May 2019

Roanoke UMW Day: Let Your Light Shine flyer- Oct 19, 2019
Living Into Our Purpose forms - Conference UMW 2019 
Roanoke District Spiritual Life Retreat April 13, 2019
Rainbow Givers 2019
Roanoke District UMW Directory 2019
UMW Day at Ferrum College, June 1, 2019
Young Women's Retreat - Sept 13-14, 2019
Mission Encounter 2019 - registration PDF - July 26-28 at Smith Mtn Lake 4-H Center

Phyllis Geoghegan, District UMW President
220 Slate Creek Dr, Christiansburg, VA 24073
(804) 896-6297 

Conference UMW Website:
Prayer Calendar:

Wesley Foundation - Virginia Tech

The Wesley Foundation is a United Methodist campus ministry at Virginia Tech.

Rev. Bret-Ashton Gresham
209 West Roanoke Street
P. O. Box 458
Blacksburg, VA 24063     (540) 552-2827



Youth Ministries/ Next Gen

Jan 12, 2020 - DISTRICT YOUTH - Roanoke Prevention Council will lead discussions on social media dangers and making good choices. Parents and youth are invited however, please contact Heather Willitt Case - - if your church is interested in attending. Space may be limited.

DISTRICT YOUTH RETREAT - set for Feb 28 & 29 & March 1, 2020 led by VT Wesley students! 

Mystery Party - Feb 16 - District Youth groups are invited to a night of intrigue and mystery. Mark the date, more information to come.

Skate Party - April 16 Join us for the end of the year event at the Skate Center of Roanoke Valley

Helping Hands - July 23-24  District Kids are invited to our mission event in July. Mark your calendars and watch for more details.

For information on current District Youth Activities contact Rev. Tim Craft, the District Youth Coordinator at the district office at 540-989-3335 or  Here is a video from a 2017 District Youth Retreat.