*UPDATE 3/28 @ 10:30 a.m.  

Worship on Sunday, March 29 will be offered at 11:00 a.m. via YouTube Live. We will be using our newly installed equipment that will provide better audio and visual quality. You will be able to access this service through YouTube, our website and our Facebook page. If, for some reason, our new technology has a glitch, we quickly will jump to Facebook Live.

Click HERE to read the latest announcement from Dr. George C. Anderson, Senior Pastor. Decisions will continue to be made as we move forward in keeping with widespread practice and while we await clarity.

Remote meetings will be held via Zoom.

Second Presbyterian announces the MISSION BUILD CAMPAIGN!

Upcoming Events

Pray Then in This Way
Lenten Sermon Series
Sundays via YouTube Live at 11:00 a.m.
February 23 – April 12

They are ancient words. The average Christian prays them every week in worship, and perhaps you pray them on your own. “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.…” The words roll out with rhythm, like they have been written on our hearts from the beginning of time. They are spoken in every language, sung to many tunes. Yet how often do we pause to consider what those familiar lines hold? What meaning did Jesus impart with each word, each phrase? This Lent at Second Presbyterian Church, we are going to take our time with this prayer. We will break it down, week by week, savoring only each petition one week at a time. It may feel strange to voice this prayer in broken segments, but in so doing, we will more fully embrace the prayer we already love. Join us eight Sundays, beginning February 23, as we look at these familiar and full words anew.


  • February 23: Introduction
  • March 1: Our Father, Who Art in Heaven
  • March 8: Hallowed Be Thy Name
  • March 15: Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done, on Earth as It Is in Heaven
  • March 22: Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread
  • March 29: Forgive Us Our Debts as We Forgive Our Debtors
  • April 5 (Palm Sunday): Lead Us Not Into Temptation but Deliver Us From Evil
  • April 12 (Easter): The Church’s “Amen”

Morning Vacation Bible School “God Calls”
Children ages 4k-5th Grade
July 20-23, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

If [God] calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’ –1 Samuel 3:9

Children ages 4k-5th grade are invited to join us as we learn about the ways God called ordinary people to do extraordinary things. Together, we will explore the calls of Noah, the young Samuel, the Woman at the Well, and the Apostle Paul. We will learn the ways God still speaks to us today and calls us as disciples in Roanoke, VA, and beyond!

Registration will begin online for church members on Wednesday, April 1, and will be open to the public on April 8. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Elizabeth Link.

Trent Getaway Church Retreat
August 21-23, 2020
Eagle Eyrie
Lynchburg, VA

The TRENT GETAWAY Church Retreat at Eagle Eyrie in Lynchburg, VA is set for August 21-23, 2020! Everyone is invited to this intergenerational weekend where there will be programs for all ages. Plan to be part of a fun-filled and meaningful church event!

Participants will gather on Friday afternoon (registration is from 4:00-6:00 p.m.) for a weekend program of study, worship, and recreation! Saturday afternoon will allow you to enjoy elective recreational activities of your choosing. Special children activities are planned, and there will be childcare available for those too young to participate in the lessons and programs. Middle and Sr. High Youth will take part in fun team building exercises. The retreat will end following Sunday morning worship, and participants can expect to be back in Roanoke by lunchtime!

Guest Speaker: Dr. Ernie Thompson, Westminster Presbyterian Church of Greensboro, NC
Retreat Theme: “Stand at the Crossroads”

We all face “crossroads moments” – times when we face a decision which we know will have an impact on our lives and our future. That’s true for us as individuals, as families, as churches, as communities, as nations, and as a world. Jeremiah 6:16 offers deep wisdom for those crossroad moments. But even more than that, in Jeremiah’s words we find a pattern of life that can be transforming. In our time together we’ll look at four steps Jeremiah recommends:

  1. Stand and Look – stopping and paying attention, the power of noticing.
  2. Ask – spiritual discernment, seeking where God is leading us.
  3. Walk – noticing and asking is not enough – that leads us into action.
  4. Find rest for your souls – how we find we find rest in the rhythm of stopping and asking and acting.

As we look at each step, we’ll also look at a variety of spiritual practices that can help us to look and ask and walk, and in this rhythm, find rest for our souls. We’ll take time to experiment with some of these practices, and also to discuss our experiences of these and other ways of connecting with God and seeking God’s direction.

REGISTRATION is due to the Kirk Hall desk by Sunday, May 3. A non-refundable $100 deposit is due at the time of registration. Rooms will be assigned on a firstcome, first-served basis. Payment balance due by July 20.

Click the button below to view the brochure with registration information; hard copies can be found in the brochure racks at the front office and tower. You may also register online by visiting this link: www.spres.org/trent-getaway-registration-2020/

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

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.