Upcoming Events

“Movies with Meaning”
Film Series for Home Viewing and Zoom Discussion Groups
Sundays, March 21-May 9 from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

This spring, we invite you to consider taking part in an at-home film series we are calling “Movies with Meaning.” A group of films featuring Black stories have been selected for home viewing and group Zoom discussion. You may view the films from your TV or computer’s online streaming service on your own schedule. Join your Second Presbyterian friends for all seven films, or choose one or two of particular interest to you. Please see notes about film ratings/content before viewing. Scheduled dates for Zoom discussions on each film are listed below. Zoom meeting information will be provided in our weekly churchwide emails the Thursday prior to each Sunday’s discussion. Contact the church with questions.

Harriet: (Rated PG-13) 2019 biographical film about Harriet Tubman filmed entirely in Virginia—in Richmond, Powhatan, Cumberland, Petersburg, and Mathews.
•  Available on HBO Now, or Amazon and Hulu with HBO subscription. Can be purchased on GooglePlay and Amazon Prime.
•  Zoom Discussion: March 21, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Just Mercy: (Rated PG-13) 2019 American biographical legal drama film. Tells the true story of Walter McMillian, who, with the help of young defense attorney Bryan Stevenson, appeals his murder conviction. The film is based on the memoir of the same name, written by Stevenson.
•  Available on HBO Now, for rent or purchase on Fandango, Google Play, or for purchase on iTunes, Amazon Prime, Vudu, and Microsoft.
•  Zoom Discussion: March 28, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Black Panther: (Rated PG-13) 2018 superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name.
•  Available for streaming on Disney Plus, Amazon Prime, Sling, and for rent or purchase on iTunes.
•  Zoom Discussion: April 11, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Loving: (Rated PG-13) Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia, endured a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court’s historic 1967 decision in Loving v. Virginia, which invalidated state laws prohibiting interracial marriage.
•  Available on Amazon Prime, HBO GO and HBO Now, and may be rented or purchased on iTunes.
•  Zoom Discussion: April 18, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Fruitvale Station: (Rated R) Shares the story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.
•  Available on Amazon Prime, or for rent or purchase through iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, and Vudu.
•  Zoom Discussion: April 25, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom: (Rated R) Based on a true story as told in August Wilson’s 1982 play of the same name. In 1927, Ma Rainey is a highly regarded blues singer who has recently been contracted by white producers.
• Available on Netflix.
•  Zoom Discussion: May 2, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

If Beale Street Could Talk: (Rated R) Tells the story of a young woman who sets out to prove her childhood friend and love interest innocent of a crime he didn’t commit.
•  Available on Amazon Prime, or for rent or purchase through iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, and Vudu.
•  Zoom Discussion: May 9, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Adult Evening VBS
June 20-23, 2021
“Follow the Leader: How the Prophet, Priest, and King Can Equip Us to Serve God in All Parts of Life”
Guest Speaker: The Rev. Andrew C. Whaley

We hope you will save the date for this summer’s annual Evening VBS!

Walk into Barnes and Noble or check the lists on Amazon and you can find innumerable books on effective leadership. There is wisdom from successful business people, psychologists, athletic coaches and players, movie stars, and talk show hosts. As Christian people, formed by the texts of Israel and the Church, is there guidance for our lives in the stories of the Bible that can help us figure out how to lead in our spheres of influence today? Join us this summer as our good friend and neighbor, the Rev. Andrew C. Whaley of Raleigh Court Presbyterian Church, invites us to “Follow the Leader.” Looking at the three-fold leadership guide from ancient Israel of Prophet, Priest, and King, we will see effective and ineffective leadership through a variety of stories in the books of 1 and 2 Kings.

These are human stories with human problems. God’s influence is behind-the-scenes, in human relationship and conscience. In these stories we can see ourselves and see how God might be working in our lives now. Since the sixteenth century, the Reformed Church has named Christ as the fulfillment of all three of Israel’s offices of Prophet, Priest, and King. As those who are “baptized into Christ,” therefore, how can our lives adapt and embody these various leadership stances as we evaluate and respond to the challenges before us?

Note: The event will be held in our church Sanctuary, with live stream for those who prefer to participate from home. We are not currently planning on a nursery or children’s program for this event.

Andrew Whaley serves as the Pastor and Head of Staff at Raleigh Court Presbyterian Church in Roanoke where he has served since August of 2015. Prior to that call he served four years as the Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Jefferson City, Tennessee. Andrew is a native of Knoxville and a graduate of Rhodes College (Phi Beta Kappa) with a double major in Theatre Performance and Religious Studies. He was an Honors Scholar at Columbia Theological Seminary where he graduated as a recipient of the Wilds Book Prize for the top student in his class in 2011 and also received awards in New Testament studies and Worship. Andrew has been a contributor to the Feasting on the Gospels and Connections commentary series both by Westminster John Knox Press, served on the staff of the Montreat Worship and Music Conference, and is being featured this summer on the nationally syndicated radio program Day1 as a guest preacher. He is an alumnus of the Trent Symposium for Newly Ordained Ministers (2012) sponsored by Second Presbyterian Church of Roanoke and Union Presbyterian Seminary, and is a member of the Zick Preaching Scholars led by the Rev. Dr. Tom Tewel formerly of the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City. In Roanoke, Andrew serves as the Vice Chairman of the Roanoke Area Ministries and as a board member of the Presbyterian Community Center and has participated in the Roanoke Valley Leadership Class hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. Andrew is married to Rebecca, a financial planner specialist with Ameriprise Financial, and they have three children, Simon (9), Joanna (6), and Ruth (2). He enjoys time on the golf course, running on the greenway, dinners on the back porch with friends, reading good books, and cheering for the Atlanta Braves and Tennessee Volunteers.

Christian education theme for 2020-21

This year, most of us are worshiping and living our Christian discipleship beyond the walls of our church. It is a strange new reality to worship, fellowship, and learn through screens, telephone conversations, and the written page. It is a strange feeling for us, but not new for the church to exist “untethered” to its meeting place or separated physically from one another. God is faithful and we can be faithful in the living of these days. So, with this year’s Christian education program, we are embracing our current reality and the life-giving promise of the Holy Spirit as the church moves beyond walls. As important and meaningful as our church building is for us, the church was never our building. The church is the Body of Christ worshiping, growing, and serving wherever we are planted.

With the help of many faithful volunteers, we are excited to announce the creative ways you will be invited to pursue Christian education this fall. Some of our adult Sunday school classes are continuing through a Zoom format, short-term pre-recorded classes will be available each season, and children and youth will be exploring Sunday school; Children, Worship, and Wonder; music, and youth group in new and innovative ways. We are living into our call to be creative, imaginative, and nimble in our service to the Lord. Be sure to browse our 2020-21 Christian Education Booklet below for all the details!

Second Presbyterian is a vital congregation for people of all ages and circumstances seeking to know, love, and follow Christ.

Second Presbyterian Welcomes You

Are you looking for ways to foster and nurture your family in an ever-changing world? Are you thinking about finding a church home? At Second Presbyterian Church, our friendly staff and congregation strives to care for your family both spiritually and emotionally. This website is designed to ease the transition into the life of our church. Whether you decide to visit or join, we welcome you!

Meet our Pastors

Dr. George C. Anderson

Dr. George C. Anderson

Senior Pastor

Dr. George C. Anderson is the seventh Senior Pastor in the history of Second Presbyterian Church (Roanoke, VA). He began preaching at Second on February 22, 1998. Previously, he had been the Senior Minister at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Jackson, MS, and an Associate Minister at First Presbyterian Church in Kingsport, TN. He is a graduate of St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, NC, and Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA. Dr. Anderson is involved in every aspect of church life with an emphasis on preaching, teaching, visiting, and staff oversight.

George and his wife, Millie, have three daughters: Paige, Rachel, and Virginia. Virginia became a new mother to daughter Emory on November 1, 2017.

The Reverend Elizabeth N.H. Link

The Reverend Elizabeth N.H. Link

Executive Pastor

The Rev. Elizabeth N.H. Link joined the staff of Second Presbyterian in August 2011. She attended Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, where she majored in history and religion: Christian education. Following graduation, she served First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach, FL, as Director of Christian education, and subsequently recognized the call to ordained ministry. In 2009, Elizabeth earned a Master of Divinity degree from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA. Afterwards, she served as a Lake Fellow in Parish Ministry, at Second Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, IN.

Elizabeth is married to Chris Link, and the two welcomed their first child, Eleanor, in the spring of 2018.

The Reverend Benjamin S. Brannan

The Reverend Benjamin S. Brannan

Associate Pastor for Youth and Young Adults

The Rev. Ben Brannan joined the staff of Second Presbyterian as the Associate Pastor for Youth & Young Adults in March 2021 following a two-year pastoral residency at Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ben has a long tenure in youth development, spending six years as Assistant Camp Director at YMCA Camp Cherokee, coaching high school and club soccer for nine years, even spending three years as a part-time substitute teacher. Following a career change, he felt God’s call to pursue theological education and earned a Master of Divinity degree from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. While in school, Ben served as Youth Minister and Pastoral Intern at Second Presbyterian in Richmond. He brings joy, creativity, and deep faith to all he does.

Ben is married to Valerie Brannan, and they share love for their German Shepherd mix pup Sevy.