At its May meeting, the session of Second Presbyterian church approved a plan to allow both on-site and online worship beginning on June 14. We ask for both understanding and cooperation as we work our way through what will certainly be a long season of transition. RSVPs are requested for those planning to attend on-site worship. Visit our WORSHIP TIMES page to learn more.
The church, like businesses and social activities, will have to be innovative and adaptive to changing circumstances. However, no matter what we become, the church’s calling is to be what is has always been: the church of Jesus Christ. The great ends of the church as illustrated in Acts 2 and 4 must be pursued even if by different means.
- We will continue to worship together even while physically apart through live streaming and by preserving the services on various platforms (church website, Second on the Mount podcasts, YouTube channel, Facebook).
- For information on and safety protocols regarding the reopening of on-site worship, please visit our WORSHIP TIMES page. For the time being, the sanctuary capacity has been set at 70 attendees and RSVPs for on-site worship are requested.
Show compassion and care for children of God:
- We will continue to stay connected to each other. Great efforts are being made to stay in contact with all members, and particularly with those who are most vulnerable and isolated. For questions, prayer requests, and more, contact the church.
Seek truth through education:
- Weekly Sunday School lessons were offered on YouTube through the end of our program year. New episodes continue to be produced for the Child of God with The Rev. Elizabeth Link podcast. Small group Bible studies will begin meeting through Zoom on May 31.
Provide a witness of God’s kingdom to the world:
- We will be proactive in responding to the needs of Roanoke and beyond. We recognize that right now a priority will be to respond to crisis needs that arise because of fallout from the pandemic. The Service and Outreach Committee is regularly communicating with key ministries and strategically will channel funds where most needed.
- Local Relief Fund: Although we are not able to “pass the plate,” we hope to continue our plate offering benevolences through congregational donations to our Local Relief Fund. To donate, designate a check or online gift to “Local Relief.”
Church Resource Links:
- Conversation Series:
- “A Conversation with Dr. Kipper Nottingham”
- “A Conversation with The Rev. Eric Long”
- “A Conversation on Children’s & Adolescent Mental Health with Sarah Bishop”
- “A Conversation on Racism in America and the Aftermath of George Floyd’s Death”
Churchwide Staycation Bible School – July 2020!
For the month of July, Second will take part in a multi-generational program, focusing on the stories of Jesus at the table and centering around our table life at home. Each week will include a special digital class for adults from the Rev. Jenny McDevitt, as well as children’s programs like energizers, crafts, music, and Bible storytelling for children. The Youth Council has prepared devotion booklets that follow along with each week’s story (copies have been mailed to all youth, rising 6th grade through graduated 12th grade).
Each Sunday in July at 12 noon, digital lessons will drop for children and adults on our church YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/secondpresbyterianchurchroanoke, and can be enjoyed anytime in the week that follows. Each week, the church will be included in a spiritual practice for mealtime, as well as a special recipe to try. While we may be physically separate, our experiences will be shared as we learn and grow this month.
The Week’s Schedule:
- July 5 – Luke 9:10-17 (Jesus Feeds the 5,000)
- July 12 – John 2:1-11 (The Wedding at Cana)
- July 19 – Matthew 22:1-14 (The Parable of the Wedding Banquet)
- July 26 – Luke 24:26-43 (The Walk to Emmaus, Jesus Appears to His Disciples)
Each Sunday, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., parents will be invited to drive by the portico entrance to pick up their children’s SBS kit for the week. Volunteers will be safely equipped to share these colorful kits, which will include all the craft supplies your family will need for the week of SBS ahead.
With the gifts of creativity and flexibility required for this season of church life, we are thrilled at the opportunity this church-wide project provides. Summer 2020 may not look the way we anticipated, but God is on the move, and we trust that great things are in store!
A Second Presbyterian planning team has curated a list of resources for our church family in the form of a 21-Day Racial Justice Challenge. Each day you can watch a short video or read an article or excerpt designed to address how racism continues to play out in our society and in our own thoughts and practices. In addition to these resources, we have compiled some spiritual practices so you can invite God into the conversation. You will also have an opportunity to join a Zoom small group to further reflect, discuss, and consider action steps with church members. Find the details at:
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 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 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.
Jen Brothers, M.Div
Jen Brothers graduated from Union Presbyterian seminary in 2020 with a Master’s of Divinity, fulfilling a 25-year dream. Among other roles, Jen has previously worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor (M.A. Ed., VA Tech), Assistant Director and Professor of the Batten Leadership Institute (Hollins University), a primary school Spanish teacher, and a youth minister and Christian education director. Jen grew up in South America and first moved to Roanoke upon graduating from James Madison University with undergraduate degrees in Communications and Spanish. In Roanoke she met and married Carter Brothers (formerly of Nashville, TN). Together they have raised three daughters. Jen is also a co-founder of House of Bread, an ecumenical non-profit providing job skills training, mentoring, and friendship to women who have been incarcerated through baking and selling bread. Jen joined the staff of Second Presbyterian in June of 2020.