Upcoming Events

Lenten Sermon Series
“Into the Wild: Becoming God’s People in Desert Places”

Sunday mornings at 9:00 & 11:00 a.m.

March 3 – April 14 (Palm Sunday)

During the season of Lent, the pastors will offer a sermon series based on passages from the book of Exodus called, “Into the Wild.”  The book of Exodus tells of the journey of a people.  The theology of the book is that life itself is a journey, and it is often in the wilderness that we discover our identity as people whose final home can only be with God.

Maybe you know someone who is on a journey searching for a church, for a relationship with God, for others on the same path…  Consider passing on to them the possibility of attending church during Lent to hear this series.  The series begins on March 3rd and ends on Palm Sunday, April 14th.

Dates and Details:

  • March 3:  Red Sea/Pharaoh’s Hardened Heart (Exodus 14)
  • March 10:  Manna from Heaven (Exodus 16)
  • March 17:  Amalek’s Attack (Exodus 17)
  • March 24:  Sinai/Ten Commandments (Exodus 19 & 20)
  • March 31:  Tabernacle/Golden Calf (Exodus 32 & 35)
  • April 7:  The Ark (Exodus 25 & 37)
  • April 14 – Palm Sunday:  Passover (Exodus 12)
Noon Lenten Services (Chapel):

  • March 6 (Ash Wednesday)
    • Preacher:  Dr. Carl Utley
    • Liturgist:  Rev. Rachel C. Thompson
  • March 13
    • Preacher:  Dr. William L. Lee
    • Liturgist:  Rev. Elizabeth N.H. Link
  • March 20
    • Preacher:  Dr. George Wilson
    • Liturgist:  Dr. George C. Anderson
  • March 27
    • Preacher:  Rev. Elizabeth N.H. Link
    • Liturgist:  Dr. George C. Anderson
  • April 3
    • Preacher:  Rev. Lynne Taylor Clements
    • Liturgists:  Trent Symposium Participant,
      Dr. George C. Anderson
  • April 10
    • Preacher:  Rev. Rachel Shepherd
    • Liturgist:  Rev. Rachel C. Thompson
Holy Week

  • Palm Sunday
    • April 14
    • 9:00 & 11:00 a.m. (Sanctuary)
  • Maundy Thursday (with Communion)
    • April 18
    • Noon (Chapel)
  • Good Friday
    • April 19
    • 8:00 p.m. (Sanctuary)
  • Easter Sunday
    • April 21
    • 9:00 & 11:00 a.m. (Sanctuary)
    • No Sunday School

Kairos Worship: καιρός
Wednesday Evenings in Lent, 6:00-6:30 p.m.
March 6 – April 10
Kirk Hall

Beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 6, we invite you to join us for six opportunities for Wednesday evening worship.  Kairos is an ancient Greek word for finding or making space in our lives.  It is a word that means “the right or opportune moment,” and has been used over the centuries to describe “God’s time.”

Our Ash Wednesday service will observe the ancient Christian tradition of imposition of ashes.  Ash Wednesday emphasizes two themes: our sinfulness before God and our human mortality.  On March 6, worshipers will have the opportunity to come forward and receive the imposition of ashes in the shape of a cross on the forehead or hand.  This practice serves as a sign of mortality and repentance that has a long history in Jewish and Christian worship.  Historically, these ashes signify purification and sorrow for sins.

We look forward to this time of reflection and worship this Lenten season.

Kairos Evening Worship (6:00-6:30 p.m.):

  • March 6:     Ash Wednesday – Imposition of Ashes
  • March 13
  • March 20
  • March 27
  • April 3
  • April 10

Be sure to stick around for our Kairos Evening Study from 6:40-7:30 p.m. following the worship service. This year, join Carter Brothers for a special Kairos Study on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

Kairos Evening Study
Wednesday Evenings in Lent, 6:40-7:30 p.m.
March 13 – April 10
Kirk Hall

Following Kairos Worship in Kirk Hall, join Carter Brothers for a special Kairos Study on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings

Come learn what hobbits, elves, wizards, and rings from Tolkien’s great story The Lord of the Rings have to teach us about being 21st century Christians!  Starting Wednesday night March 13, Carter Brothers will lead a five-part, multi-media series on the Christian truths embedded in the soil of Middle-earth for our Kairos evening educational offering.  We’ll discuss the role of providence, the problem of evil, the importance of fellowship, the nature of stewardship, and even the mystery of eucatastrophe.  If you don’t know eucatastrophe (one of the many words Tolkien created), here’s a hint: our journey through Lent (like Frodo’s to Mount Doom) ends in eucatastrophe!  You cannot pass…up this opportunity!

To register, contact the church office or email Stacy Moore.

Kairos Class Schedule (6:40-7:30 p.m.):

  • March 6:       No Class – Registration will still be open
  • March 13:     Class will meet
  • March 20:    Class will meet
  • March 27:    Class will meet
  • April 3:         Class will meet
  • April 10:       Class will meet

Talking with Our Children: A Conversation for Parents and Grandparents

Next class: Sunday, March 10 @ 5:00 p.m.
Topic: Depression/Loneliness
Moderator: Sarah Cocowitch, LPC

About the Series:

  • Our children and grandchildren are growing up in a very different world. One where the world of information is at their fingertips, and yet, sometimes hard conversations are most needed within families and communities. Second Presbyterian is a place of learning and of faith, and the church often provides opportunities for parents and children to grow. What better place to have some of these hard conversations and equip parents and grandparents to start these necessary and difficult conversations.
  • SAVE THE DATES – experts from our community will be coming to Second for informative and interactive conversations on hard topics. The goal is to equip us caregivers, so we can have the difficult conversations with our children and grandchildren. Avoiding these conversations is never helpful. Learning how to approach kids at various developmental and learning stages with these hard conversations is a great place to start. Dates and topics are as follows:
    • October 21, 2018 – 5-6:15 pm: Drugs/Alcohol – moderated by Melanie Morris of the Roanoke Prevention Alliance
    • November 11, 2018 – 5-6:15 pm: Racism – moderated by Brenda Hale, Roanoke NAACP Chapter President
    • February 17, 2019 – 5-6:15 pm: Loss/Death – moderated by Lindsay McKinnon, Roanoke resident and church friend
    • March 10, 2019 – 5-6:15 pm: Depression/Loneliness in children and adults – moderated by Sarah Cocowitch, LPC
  • All are welcome! Church kids will be invited to participate in choir or youth group during these conversations.

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.