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.
The Reverend Benjamin S. Brannan
The Rev. Ben Brannan joined the staff of Second Presbyterian as the Associate Pastor for Youth & Young Adults in March 2021 following a two-year pastoral residency at Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ben has a long tenure in youth development, spending six years as Assistant Camp Director at YMCA Camp Cherokee, coaching high school and club soccer for nine years, even spending three years as a part-time substitute teacher. Following a career change, he felt God’s call to pursue theological education and earned a Master of Divinity degree from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. While in school, Ben served as Youth Minister and Pastoral Intern at Second Presbyterian in Richmond. He brings joy, creativity, and deep faith to all he does.
Ben is married to Valerie Brannan, and they share love for their German Shepherd mix pup Sevy.
In October of 2020, we welcomed Christal Pearson to the staff of Second Presbyterian Church as Engagement Coordinator. In this part-time position, she helps members and visitors discover their interests and find ways to explore their faith through meaningful involvement in the church. The aim of this role is to further our church’s efforts to create a congregational family that works together in support of each other and in the mission of the church: “Finding direction by following Jesus.”
Christal has been a member of Second Presbyterian Church since 2008, and she currently teaches Confirmation, serves on Session, and chairs the Preschool Committee. She is a Hollins University graduate and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English. A former teacher with Roanoke County Schools, Christal is passionate about literacy and education, and continues to work with students as an English tutor. She loves Second Presbyterian and is excited to help people feel welcome and at home here. Christal lives in Roanoke with her husband Darin, daughter Lila, and their dog Sam.
Mark B. Wigginton
Effective Saturday, January 28, 2017, we officially welcomed Mark Wigginton to his new position at Second Presbyterian. He had been working alongside retiring Phillip Boggs to become acquainted with the church, and we are delighted to welcome him to the Second Pres family! He is a Virginia Tech alumnus and has a background in banking and insurance. The March issue of Second Sheet (2017) featured an article about Mark so you can get to know him better.
Stacy Moore received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Hollins College. She has worked at Second Presbyterian in various capacities since 1998. Other work experience includes Mill Mountain Theatre, Roanoke County Public Schools, and Salem Red Sox Baseball.
Stacy’s favorite hobby is spending time with (and spoiling) her niece.
On November 30, 2020, we welcomed Meredith Koliba to her new role of Pastors’ Assistant. Meredith attended Second Presbyterian as a child with her family. While in high school she worked in the church nursery and found a love of working with children. She then attended Radford University to study Early Childhood Education/Special Education and graduated with her degree in 2009. Since graduating, she has spent most of her career working for Starbucks Coffee Company in management. She loves working with people and has a kind and gentle personality.
Meredith enjoys spending time with her husband David doing outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, kayaking and taking pictures of her surroundings. She is excited to join the staff at Second Presbyterian and to use the skills she has acquired through management and attention to detail to assist the pastors and the church.
Andrea Boone joined our staff as Media and Communications Specialist in June of 2018. She served as the Busy Bee Lead Level instructor at Second Presbyterian Church Preschool for five years prior. Andrea graduated Summa Cum Laude from Radford University with a Bachelor of Science in Dance Education and a minor in Business Administration.
Andrea is a Roanoke native and enjoys spending time at home with her husband, Lane, and whippet, Mona Lisa.
Cindy Sowers joined the staff of Second Presbyterian Church in January 2017 as the part-time financial secretary. She comes to us with over 25 years of accounting service and has worked in the banking, education, public accounting, and entertainment fields. She is a native Roanoker but later moved to Vinton and has been there the rest of the time. She is married, and has two childen and three granddaughters, ages 10, 9, and 7. She recently semi-retired and is enjoying more time with the family, biking, reading, gardening, and traveling.
Dr. Jeffrey R. Sandborg
Dr. Jeffrey R. Sandborg holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting and Literature from the University of Illinois. He also received his Master’s of Music from the University of Illinois. He now serves as Professor of Music and Choir Director at Roanoke College, Director of the Roanoke Valley Choral Society, and Director of Canticum Novum Chamber Singers.
Jeff is married to Marianne Sandborg, our organist and soloist, and he has been with Second Presbyterian since 1987.
Marianne M. Sandborg
Marianne M. Sandborg is Resident Artist at Roanoke College, where she teaches voice, and is also organist and soloist here at Second Presbyterian. A lyric soprano, she has performed with Opera Roanoke, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Roanoke Valley Choral Society and Orchestra, Blacksburg Master Chorale, and Salem Choral Society. Marianne and her husband, Jeffrey, were the 1998 winners of the Perry F. Kendig Award for Excellence in the Arts.
She was a semifinalist in the New York Oratorio Competition and the Yrjö Kilpinen International Voice Competition and was first prize winner in the Philadelphia Cathedral/Diana Barnhart American Art Song Competition. Marianne is included in the 2005-6 International Who’s Who of Professionals® and 2004-5 Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers®, and is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and the Roanoke Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Originally from TX, Kristen holds a Master of Music in Musical Theatre Performance from New York University Steinhardt and a Bachelor of Music Education in Choral/Classical Voice with Minors in Piano and Religion from Baylor University. Children’s and Youth Music Director since 2016, she has directed the Youth Choir since 2012 and now also directs the 3rd-5th Grade Choir and Youth Instrumental Ensemble. Teaching includes SPC Preschool, Roanoke Children’s Theatre, Roanoke City Public Schools Middle School Choir, and Ferrum College and NYU Adjunct Faculty for Voice and Musical Theatre. Performing includes Carrington Kay, Roanoke Children’s Theatre, Mill Mountain Theatre, Opera Roanoke, and Busch Gardens Williamsburg.
Kristen is married to Robert, and they have a son, RC, and daughter, Paisley.
Patricia Clevenger earned a Master of Arts in Vocal Performance from Radford University and a Bachelor of Music Education from James Madison University. She has taught General Music at the elementary and middle school levels, and was a middle and high school choral director. She was an adjunct voice teacher at Hollins University for six years. Pattie is currently an adjunct voice teacher at Roanoke College and teaches private voice and piano lessons. She is a member of the Chancel Choir at Second Presbyterian and has worked with the children’s choirs for over five years.
Pattie resides with her husband Todd and their children Lilli and Patrick.
Alison Conte is the Preschool/Kindergarten Choir Director. She taught preschool music at First Presbyterian and Noah’s Landing in Roanoke. Alison is a member of the Christian Education Committee and a flower arranger for Sunday services. She attends the Montreat Worship and Music Conference each summer with a group of adults, senior high, and middle high youth from Second. Alison is a member of the professional organizations PAM and Choristers Guild.
Alison is married to Nic Conte and they have two children, Laura and Nicholas.
Nichole earned a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Virginia Tech and a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Radford University. She has also earned her Level I Orff-Schulwerk certification from Appalachian State. Nichole moved to Roanoke in 2006 to start her dream job of teaching elementary music. She worked with the children’s groups subbing for several years and is currently is a ringer for the Handbell Choir. She also is a current member of NAfME and AOSA.
Nichole and her husband, Brandon, have three children, Andrew, Evan, and Elizabeth.
Dr. Nancy M. Morris
Dr. Nancy M. Morris retired as pastor of Seneca Presbyterian Church in May of 2018, and she and her husband, Phil, moved back to Roanoke from South Carolina later that year. She enthusiastically joined the staff of Second as Parish Associate for Visitation in January of 2019. Dr. Morris supplements the expanded ministry of visitation at Second, devoting time each week to being with those who are a part of the Second Presbyterian family yet who cannot be with us regularly when we gather for worship.
Meet Ashley Underwood, our newest church custodian at Second Presbyterian Church, who started on staff in 2016. She came to us with a number of years’ experience working for her mother’s cleaning business. Ashley has been a wonderful addition to our team here at Second.
Michael Nester came on board at Second Presbyterian in May 2012, and has since married. He enjoys spending time with family, going to church, and working here at SPC! He brings with him over 20 years of experience in this line of work. Another occupation that keeps him busy is refereeing adult softball games for Roanoke County, which he has done for more than a decade!
Glen Powers, II
Welcome to Glen Powers, II, who has taken on the work of church sexton held by his father before him. We are fortunate to have him available to take on the mantle of his father who is so missed by the congregation after he died in January of 2017.
John Tarta moved to Roanoke in 1977 with his wife Joy and two daughters, Heather and Holly. He now has two wonderful grandsons also. John worked at Tultex (Roanoke Fashions) as Maintenance Diriector until it closed due to The Great Flood of 1985. After that, he worked at On Target as Store Manager for five years. Later, he worked for the YMCA as the Building and Grounds Director, up until 2007 when he semi-retired. His wife retired in 2009 and now they spend a whole lot of time fishing together.
Dr. Sally I’Anson
Dr. Sally B. I’Anson joined the staff of Second Presbyterian in March of 2020. She has been a high school French teacher in Pittsfield, ME, the principal of a K4-12 private school and the principal and founder of a K3-8 environmental education public charter school, both in McClellanville, SC. In addition, Sally served as a Virginia school district administrator in Portsmouth and Hampton City Public Schools. She is a graduate of William and Mary, the University of Maine and Columbia University.
Sally, her husband Lawrence and their son Ryan moved to Roanoke in 2013 for her job at Interactive Achievement. They have been church members since 2014.
Ken Lyons, Asst. Clerk