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Big Lick Train Tug – Racin’ & Roddin’ Street Fest
Saturday, September 21
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Presbyterian Community Center’s big annual fundraiser–the Big Lick Train Tug–will be held at the Virginia Museum of Transportation on September 21. Back for a third year, it’s a different and exciting event–even bigger and better this year! Teams will compete to see who can pull the iconic N&W 1776 red-white-and-blue engine the farthest the fastest. Our church will again have two teams entered, and athletic prowess is not a requirement!

We still have openings for congregants to join the teams (“George’s Gym Class Dropouts” and “Neither Fast Nor Furious”) and, if you can’t join, to be a financial sponsor for those who do. Get up close and personal on September 21 with the 1776, an inspiring patriotic symbol in this 75th anniversary year of D-Day, and provide funds to support PCC–our church’s longtime mission partner in the Roanoke Valley’s needy Southeast area.

Donate to support our teams online at https://www.mightycause.com/team/2pc, or by check through the offering plate or via mail (with “Train Tug” in the memo line).

Visit Big Lick Train Tug’s website to learn more about the event, join a team or sponsor a team member. Contact Wayne Lewis or Bev Fitzpatrick for more details.

Ask George Anderson and Rachel Thompson, who have led our teams in prior years, how much fun it was. It’s a free, fun, family-friendly event. Come join your 2PC friends on September 21!

17th Annual GALS Gathering – “The Greatest of These is Love”
Friday-Saturday, November 1 & 2
Alta Mons, Shawsville, VA

Each fall, women are invited for a weekend of refreshment and nurturing of faith and fellowship. Join the 17th annual GALS Retreat at Camp Alta Mons! This year’s theme is “The Greatest of These is Love,” and our guest speaker will be Ginny Taylor-Troutman from Chapel Hill, NC. Ginny is a PC(USA) minister, former director of campus ministries at Virginia Tech, and currently a stay-at-home mother and wife. She’s a wonderful preacher and teacher and we look forward to having her with us. Save the date and plan to be with us!

Click the button below to download a copy of this year’s brochure, or pick up a hard copy from the church. Registration and payment is due by October 18, 2019.

Men’s Retreat
Friday-Saturday, November 8 & 9
Eagle Eyrie, Lynchburg, VA

Join Senior Pastor George Anderson for a Men’s Retreat at Eagle Eyrie on November 8 and 9, 2019. This will be an opportunity to reflect with others about how to keep one’s Christian balance at home, work, church and among friends.

The theme will center on the life of David, a deeply flawed man who, nevertheless, is remembered for being a great man of faith. Both his vices and his virtues shine bright. He was a terrific younger brother who fought for his family. He sought a surrogate father’s favor which was denied him. He was himself at times a lousy father (spoiled his kids) and unfaithful husband. He abused his power, but also used his power for the sake of others. In the end, however, he discovered a true sense of humility and acceptance. We can learn a great deal from his mistakes and his virtues.

Space is available for 30 men. Details about cost, schedule and activities are forthcoming. If you are interested in being a part of this retreat and the activities that are available (golf, fishing, hiking…), please contact Stacy Moore. More information to come – stay tuned!

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.