Upcoming Events

Dealing with Grief Over the Holidays; Grief Seminar
Thursday, November 14
6:00 p.m.
Session Room

Dealing with grief from the loss of a loved one can be particularly painful over the holiday season. Join us for a Grief Seminar with facilitator Joann Menefee, Chaplain & Bereavement Coordinator at Intrepid Hospice in Roanoke, VA, to discuss grief and loss – particularly during the holidays. Whether you have recently lost someone or feel the loss of someone long ago, please feel welcomed to join us in a discussion focused on coping. The unanswered questions left after the death of someone close make it even more important for us all to share our stories.

Joann Menefee, Chaplain & Bereavement Coordinator at Intrepid Hospice, also serves as Associate Minister at Jesus is Lord Assembly of Love in Roanoke, VA. She received her Master’s degree in Theology from Word of Life Bible College in 2017. As a 12-year breast cancer survivor, she has served has an Ambassador for Susan G. Komen (Circle of Promise) Breast Cancer Foundation for over 6 years, traveling to 29 countries as a keynote speaker. She has also volunteered for American Cancer Society and formed her own cancer support group, Heart’s Desire. Joann is married to Carl Menefee; they have three daughters and two beautiful grandchildren.

Please join us and share this invitation with any who may be interested.

If you plan to attend, email church Secretary, Stacy Moore.

Advent Workshop
Sunday, November 24
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Fellowship Hall

On Sunday, Nov 24, join us in Fellowship Hall for our annual Advent Workshop. We will be creating live Advent wreaths, complete with handmade beeswax candles. Each family will go home with a completed wreath, 5 hand-rolled beeswax candles, and a booklet with weekly devotions for the season. Please RSVP by contacting the church office or emailing Stacy Moore by Monday, Nov 18.


Christmas Dinner and Pageant
Sunday, December 8
Meal at 5:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall
Pageant at 6:15 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Mark your calendar for our traditional family Christmas Dinner and Pageant to be held the evening of December 8, 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. Our children and youth music kids will tell the story of Jesus’ birth in “Oh Come, Let Us Adore Him.” Come join the festivities! Your reservations for this year’s Christmas Dinner are requested by Tuesday, December 3. Chanticleer Catering is cooking up something special for this event. The menu includes:

  • Crisp Green Salad w/Carrots, Cucumbers, Parmesan & Croutons with Tuscan Italian & Ranch Dressings
  • Chicken Breast atop Sage Stuffing with Chicken Gravy
  • Roast Pork w/Caramelized Onion & Gala Apple Chutney
  • Smashed Parmesan Yukon Gold & Red Bliss Potatoes
  • Creamy Five Cheese Macaroni & Cheese
  • Southern Skillet Green Beans w/Mushrooms & Sweet Red Peppers
  • Mini Pimento Cheddar Corn Muffins
  • Dessert: Christmas Cookies

You may reserve your place at the table by paying for your dinner now. Cost is $12 per adult (12 and up); $10 per child (5-11); free for children 4 and under; $40 maximum per family for parents and children under 12. Place a check in the offering plate and be sure to mark it for “Christmas Dinner” in the item line. You may also fill out the order form here, and turn it in at the office. Call the office or email Stacy Moore to RSVP by Tuesday, December 3.

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.