Upcoming Events

Due to winter weather preventing our worship services on Sunday, Dec. 9, we will continue with part II of our Advent Sermon Series: “A Leader,” on Sunday, Dec. 16. Subsequently, part III: “A Friend,” will be held on Dec. 23 and part IV: “A Savior,” on Dec. 30. We hope you will join us!

The season of Advent, the days leading up to Christmas, is all about waiting. Who is it that we are waiting for? Jesus says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock,” but when the door is opened, who is standing there?

For the Sundays of Advent, the preachers will offer a sermon series in which different answers are given for the question, “Who’s at the Door?” The choirs of Second Presbyterian will also help us anticipate Christ’s birth. Come and wait with us!

Remaining Sunday Worship Services: 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

  • December 23: A Friend
  • December 30: A Savior

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.

Pancake Breakfast
Sunday, January 6
10:00 a.m.

Say “Thanks!” to a Sunday School Teacher and “Welcome!” to 2018’s New Members.

On Sunday, January 6, members and visitors of all ages are invited to attend this very special pancake breakfast during the 10 a.m. Sunday school hour in Fellowship Hall.  This breakfast is sponsored in partnership by the Christian Education Committee and the Congregational Life Committee.  Let us take time to share a meal together, get to know recent members and confirmands from the 2018 year, and give thanks to those Sunday school teachers who work tirelessly all year long.  Regularly scheduled Sunday school classes will not meet on Jan 6.

There will be plenty of hot pancakes, bacon, and other breakfast goodies.  Make this Sunday an opportunity to join in fellowship and to recommit to the 2019 Sunday school year!

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.