Upcoming Events

Rally Day
Sunday, September 8
10:00 a.m.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. – Psalm 119:105

Join us for Rally Day in Fellowship Hall at 10 a.m. on Sunday, September 8! Come celebrate the beginning of a new church school year! Sunday and midweek classes for children, youth, and adults will help us discern the ways Christ calls us to follow him and to be his church in the world. Learn more about the ways you may grow in faith through education, fellowship, and discipleship during the 2019-2020 educational year.

Rally Day also marks the return to our worship service schedule at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Sunday School classes begin September 15 at 10:00 a.m.

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 need congregants to join the teams 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.

Visit Big Lick Train Tug’s website to learn more about the event, join a team or sponsor a team member. Feel free to 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!

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

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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.