Upcoming Events

Talking with our Children: A Conversation for Parents and Grandparents

Next class: Sunday, February 17 @ 5:00 p.m.
Topic: Loss/Death
Moderator: Lindsay McKinnon, Roanoke resident and church friend

About the Series:

  • Our children and grandchildren are growing up in a very different world. One where the world of information is at their fingertips, and yet, sometimes hard conversations are most needed within families and communities. Second Presbyterian is a place of learning and of faith, and the church often provides opportunities for parents and children to grow. What better place to have some of these hard conversations and equip parents and grandparents to start these necessary and difficult conversations.
  • SAVE THE DATES – experts from our community will be coming to Second for informative and interactive conversations on hard topics. The goal is to equip us caregivers, so we can have the difficult conversations with our children and grandchildren. Avoiding these conversations is never helpful. Learning how to approach kids at various developmental and learning stages with these hard conversations is a great place to start. Dates and topics are as follows:
    • October 21, 2018 – 5-6:15 pm: Drugs/Alcohol – moderated by Melanie Morris of the Roanoke Prevention Alliance
    • November 11, 2018 – 5-6:15 pm: Racism – moderated by Brenda Hale, Roanoke NAACP Chapter President
    • February 17, 2019 – 5-6:15 pm: Loss/Death – moderated by Lindsay McKinnon, Roanoke resident and church friend
    • March 10, 2019 – 5-6:15 pm: Depression/Loneliness in kids and adults – moderated by Sarah Cocowitch, LPC
  • All are welcome! Church kids will be invited to participate in choir or youth group during these conversations.

Sunday mornings at 9:00 & 11:00 A.M.
March 3 – April 14 (Palm Sunday)

During the season of Lent, our pastors will be offering an exciting new sermon series… but that’s all we’ll say for now! Join us on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/spresroanoke/) to find clues that will help you guess what the new series will be. The final sermon series’ graphic, title, and description will be presented in the February Second Sheet.

Stay tuned for more info!

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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

Associate Pastor for Christian Education


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 Rachel C. Thompson

The Reverend Rachel C. Thompson

Associate Pastor for Youth and Young Adults


The Rev. Rachel C. Thompson is a 2015 graduate of Duke Divinity School, where she enjoyed the benefits of studying under world class biblical scholars, fell in love with the Reformed tradition, and discerned a call to ministry. Prior to her time at Duke, Rachel did her undergraduate work at Furman University, where she majored in Classics and Sociology. After graduating from seminary, Rachel spent a year working as a chaplain in the Heart Center at Duke University Hospital. She joined the staff at Second Presbyterian in June of 2016. Her parents and younger brother still live and work in her hometown of Arlington, VA.