Upcoming Events

Second Presbyterian Church 2018 Pictorial Directory
Photography Make-up Dates and Times:

  • Thursday, Oct. 25 from 3:00-9:00 pm. Please call the church to reschedule your appointment for the 25th.
  • Oct. 26 and 27 need to be scheduled through CP Photography (336-499-5872).


If your contact information needs to be updated, please notify the church ASAP.

Every family photographed for the directory will receive a copy of the directory and an 8 x 10 portrait at no additional cost.  You will also have the opportunity to purchase additional portraits at the time of photography.


Second Presbyterian Grief and Loss Seminar
Thursday, November 8, 2018
6:00 p.m.

Whether you have recently lost someone or feel the loss of someone long ago particularly at the holidays, please feel welcomed to join us in an engaged discussion of grief and loss and coping. Ruth Cassell, who will lead the seminar, is a social worker and is the Chief Development Officer for Family Service of Roanoke Valley. She promises her skills as storyteller and compassionate counselor as she believes in hope and the power of recovery. As with so many of us, Ruth has experienced loss personally. She has also led efforts to make grief and loss services available locally, and has spoken publically about her experiences on several occasions. The unanswered questions left after the death of someone close make it even more important for us all to share our stories. Please join us and share this invitation with any who may be interested.
RSVP to stacy@spres.org.

Edmunds Lecture Series 2018
“Memory and Hope – To Do Them Well”
Sunday, November 11 & Monday, November 12
Lectures at 7:00 p.m.; Receptions to follow each evening.

This November 11 and 12 (Sunday and Monday), we welcome the Reverend Dr. Theodore J. Wardlaw, president of Austin Theological Seminary. In his two-part lecture, Ted will talk about how faith can remember the past and hope for the future. Both can be done in ways that do not serve us or the world well. But memory and hope also can be truthful, brave, and reflective of the just and graceful world under the care of a just and graceful God.

Flyer features original artwork by Jane Winders Frank (“Ancient Wisdom Gives Hope”).

About the Speaker:

  • The Reverend Dr. Theodore J. Wardlaw has served as Austin Theological Seminary’s president since 2002. He came to Austin Seminary from Atlanta, GA, where he served as pastor of Central Presbyterian Church from 1991 – 2002. There, he became nationally known for his preaching and bold ministry in a church across the street from the state capital. Wardlaw is a graduate of Presbyterian College and earned his divinity degree at Union Theological Seminary in Virginia (now Union Presbyterian Seminary). He continued his studies at Yale University Divinity School where he earned a Masters of Sacred Theology in American Church History (Magna Cum Laude). Wardlaw has served on numerous boards and written for numerous publications. He is a visionary theologian with a great love for the church.

The Edmunds Lecture series is hosted in conjunction with St. John’s Dodson Lecture Series. Second Presbyterian hosts the series on even-numbered years.

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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.