Upcoming Events

Immigration: A Perspective of Law and Faith
Thursday, August 16
7:00 p.m.

On Thursday, August 16, at 7:00 pm, a presentation will be offered that will feature both information and conversation with the objective of forming a cogent Christian response to the current immigration debate in the US. Christine Lockhart Poarch will lead the discussion with the goal of wrestling collectively through the complexities of immigration. Christine founded Poarch Law in Salem, Virginia in 2003 with a practice that focuses exclusively on immigration and adoption law. A frequent speaker on immigration law topics at national, state and local conferences, Christine also launched the Poarch Law Education Project with the goals of providing basic education about immigration to combat immigration fraud and, later, to inform community perceptions about immigration. We hope a diversity of perspectives will be represented among those who attend. Childcare will be provided.

Friday, August 17
6:00 p.m.

A memorial recital featuring the Mary Bickford Grand Piano will be presented in Kirk Hall. This concert features repertoire from a variety of Broadway shows, as well as folk songs and arias from La Bohème. The concert is free; a freewill offering will be taken.

Performers: Marianne Sandborg and Pattie Clevenger, sopranos; Deanne Vance, piano.

Rally Day: Journey into Faith
September 9, 2018

9:00 a.m.                    Worship
10:00-10:10 a.m.        Children & Youth Dismissed to Classrooms
10:10-10:20 a.m.        Welcome and Overview of Adult Education
10:20-10:45 a.m.       Adult Sunday School Open House (throughout the building)
11:00 a.m.                    Worship

Rally Day is going to look quite different this year!  The Christian education committee is excited about the shape this special day will take, and we encourage everyone to attend.

Children and youth will meet their new teachers, and visit their Sunday school classes during the Sunday school hour.  The difference in this special Rally Day will be particularly noticeable to the adults.  Gathering at 10 a.m. in Fellowship Hall, the adults will take part in a brief presentation, and an engaging open house that will follow.  Our Christian education theme this year is “Journey into Faith.”  Along that theme, adults will be invited to “travel” around to adult Sunday school rooms to hear and see firsthand what educational opportunities are available to them this fall.  Coffee and refreshments will be spread among the classrooms, and in each space they visit, they will hear from teachers, see what the class will be learning, and have the opportunity to ask questions and visit with old and new friends.  Thanks to the River and Rail Restaurant, there will also be a special drawing, giving one adult participant the chance to continue their educational conversations over a free meal at the fantastic restaurant! We hope you will join us for this exciting morning.

*Keep your eye out for our 2018-2019 CE Booklet with details about opportunities for education for all ages!

9th Annual Trent Youth Rally
“Standing Alone, Staying Together”
Sunday, October 7
5:00 p.m.
$5 Pizza Dinner

Speaker: Andy Cooke
Musician: John Fawcett

RSVP for your church to rachel@spres.org by October 1, 2018.

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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 religion, Christian education, and history. Following graduation, she served First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach, FL, and subsequently recognized the call to ordained ministry. In 2009, Elizabeth earned a Master of Divinity degree from Union-PSCE. Afterwards, she served as a Lake Fellow in Parish Ministry, at Second Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, IN.

Elizabeth’s parents and younger brother still reside in her hometown of Greer, SC. Elizabeth (nee Howell) married Chris Link in May 2013, and they are expecting a daughter in April 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.