Upcoming Events

Annual Church Picnic
Sunday, June 2
Braeloch, Vinton, VA
10:00 a.m.

Join us for Picnic Sunday, June 2, at beautiful Braeloch at 10:00 a.m. Look forward to great fellowship, a bouncy house and fishing for the kids, and the best fried chicken in town! Please plan to bring deviled eggs OR a dessert to share; mark any dishes you want back with your name.

Commonwealth Coach and Trolley is pleased to provide transportation for those needing a ride to and from the church. For those who wish to ride the bus, please meet at the church Sunday morning; last call is at 9:30 a.m.

Volunteers are needed for Saturday afternoon set up (this is the fun part–we promise) or Sunday afternoon clean up. Contact Lauren Ellerman to volunteer.

We hope to see you at this annual event!

Evening Vacation Bible School – for ALL AGES!
“Encountering Jesus in the Gospel of Mark”
June 9-12, 2019
RSVP to the Church Office NOW through June 3

  • Sunday, June 9 = 6-8 p.m. with dinner (see menu and pricing below)
  • Monday – Wednesday, June 10-12 = 6:30-7:45 p.m. with refreshments

The gospels were written not to be historical documents or biographies of Jesus, but to be living stories through which we encounter Jesus as our Risen Lord in the personal stories and experiences of our own lives today. As the first gospel, Mark invites us to join in a mysterious and fast-paced journey in which the written word of Mark becomes the living word for us today.

  • GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Lewis Galloway
    Dr. Lewis Galloway, a creative and dynamic preacher and teacher, is a graduate of Davidson College and Union Presbyterian Seminary (D.Min; Th.M.) who recently moved to Black Mountain after serving in Indianapolis for 14 years as the Senior Pastor of Second Presbyterian Church. Lewis has also served churches in North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina. During his time in Columbia, SC, he was active in racial reconciliation ministries, social justice issues and homeless concerns. He has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Union Presbyterian Seminary and is currently on the Board of Davidson College.

Children will enjoy learning about stories told in Mark through the visual art of storytelling and drama. We strongly encourage your children or grandchildren to join in this special and memorable opportunity! This program is free of charge thanks to a gift from the Trent Fund. Registration for the children’s program will begin this spring (childcare will also be available in our church nursery upon request).

    Meg Griffith is an actor, teacher, director, and choreographer with over 15 years of professional theatre experience. Meg has taught workshops at a variety of schools, camps, theaters, churches and conferences all over the country and locally at Roanoke College and Roanoke Children’s Theatre. Meg now enjoys her role as Middle School and High School Youth Ministry Coordinator for her church and raising her three favorite performers: Patrick, Andrew and Henry. She is excited to spend her fourth summer creating theatre at Second Presbyterian by bringing the stories and truths of Scripture alive for young artists!

Adults = $8, Children (ages 3-12) = $6, 2 and under free

  • Chicken Tenders
  • BIG Fresh Garden Salad with dressings
  • Appleslaw
  • Cavatappi Cheddar (Mac & Cheese)
  • Watermelon slices
  • Assorted cookies for dessert

Register NOW for Evening VBS! RSVP to the church office for Sunday dinner, children’s program, or childcare by Monday, June 3!

Morning Vacation Bible School
“Joseph’s Journey: From Prison to Palace”
July 22-25, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Children ages 4k-5th grade are invited to join us as we explore the Genesis story of Joseph, from prison to palace. We will learn about the ways God continued to be with Joseph and help him in times of trouble and great need. As we discover this beautiful story of peace and forgiveness, we will work together to bring those spiritual gifts to our own families and neighborhoods. In honor of Joseph’s beautiful coat, our mission project this year will provide coats for area schools.

Ways you can help: We are collecting…

  • CLEAN, gently used coats of all sizes for our mission project.
  • NEW white pillow cases for our art project.
  • And magazines with pictures of food.

Register NOW! Click the link below. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kathy Gilchrist.

Trent Getaway at Massanetta Springs
August 9-11, 2019
Register NOW through May 5

Join us August 9-11 at Massanetta Springs for the return of our annual church-wide retreat! Registration ends on May 5th.

Everyone is invited to this inter-generational 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 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 (past activities included an on-site ropes course, hiking, and the water park at Massanutten Resort). The retreat will end following Sunday morning worship, and participants can expect to be back in Roanoke by lunchtime!

GUEST SPEAKER: Rev. Matt Gaventa, Senior Pastor of University Presbyterian Church in Austin, TX
RETREAT THEME: “On the Seventh Day”

For more information, follow the links below to view the 2019 brochure or complete the online registration form.

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.