Upcoming Events

Advent Workshop
Sunday, November 18
3:30 p.m.

On Sunday, November 18, join Elizabeth Link in Fellowship Hall for a special Advent Family Workshop. This event is a wonderful tradition to help you and your family prepare your hearts and homes for the coming season. So that we can prepare supplies, please RSVP to Stacy Moore by noon on November 12. Come learn more about this special season, and share in some crafting fun with families of many shapes and sizes.

In the November Second Sheet, an Advent Spiral craft was advertised but, given the details required of the project, we are “tabling” that particular craft until 2019. In its place this year, we will be creating Advent Angels. Each family group will have the opportunity to make four wooden angels, representing the  four Sundays in Advent (hope, peace, joy, and love). We will be sanding, staining, painting, and gluing to complete this beautiful, crafty set. Join us next Sunday from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

Christmas Dinner and Pageant
Sunday, December 9
Dinner at 5:00 p.m.
Pageant at 6:15 p.m.

Mark your calendar for our traditional family Christmas Dinner and Pageant to be held the evening of December 9, with dinner beginning at 5:00 p.m. After dinner, we recess to the Sanctuary for the traditional Christmas Pageant with music by the children. This year, our children and youth music kids will tell the story of the birth of “Jesus, the Light of the World!” Come join the festivities! Your reservations for this year’s Christmas Dinner are requested by December 4. Chanticleer Catering is cooking up something special for this event. The menu includes:

  • Crisp Green Salad w/Carrots, Cucumbers, Parmesan & Croutons Tuscan Italian and Asiago Ranch Dressings
  • Chicken Breast atop Sage Stuffing with Chicken Gravy
  • Roast Pork w/Caramelized Onions & Gala Apple Chutney
  • Smashed Parmesan Yukon Gold & Red Bliss Potatoes
  • Creamy Five Cheese Macaroni & Cheese
  • Southern Skillet Green Beans
  • Mini Pimento Cheddar Corn Muffins
  • Dessert Tiers: Chocolate Torte Squares, Butterscotch Nests, Berry Krispies

For more information on making your reservations, please see the November Second Sheet. Call or email Stacy Moore to RSVP by Tuesday, December 4: stacy@spres.org, 343-3659.

You are invited to join us for worship during Advent! The season of Advent, the days leading up to Christmas, is all about waiting. We are waiting for justice; we are waiting for peace. At Second Presbyterian Church, we wait together. We wait by singing hymns and songs of deliverance; by praying that God’s kingdom will come on this earth; by doing our best to love and serve our neighbors; by lighting candles, a new one each week to mark the brightness of hope that God brings into the world. Come and wait with us!


Sunday Worship Services in Advent: 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

  • December 2
  • December 9
  • December 16
  • December 23

Special Christmas Eve Services: Monday, December 24

  • 12:00 noon in the Chapel, worship with communion
  • 5:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary, family service with a baptism
  • 10:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary, lessons and carols with communion

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

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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.