Upcoming Events

“Habits of the Heart”
When: Sundays July 15 – August 5
8:45 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Each week, we will focus upon a spiritual rhythm that guides us toward lives that reflect the reconciliation, compassion, and justice of God. In conjunction with each sermon, a survey will be conducted to address areas of church life that reflect the four spiritual rhythms. The series will extend over four Sundays:

  • July 15:       Worship
  • July 22:       Love
  • July 29:       Serve
  • August 5:   Learn

“Walking in the Way”
When: July 23 – 26
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Children ages 4k*-5th grade are invited to join us as we discover how the ordinary becomes extraordinary with God. We will explore scripture and meet people from the Bible who used what they had to produce something amazing, and how we, too, are a part of this ongoing story of faith. Come with your heart, mind, and imagination to participate in the creative life of God!
*Note: 4-Year-Old Preschool Class is full*

When: August 10 – 12
Join us at Massanetta Springs August 10-12 for our annual church retreat! It is a fantastic experience for all ages.

Registration is due by May 6.

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 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.