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Adult Evening VBS
June 20-23, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.
“Follow the Leader: How the Prophet, Priest, and King Can Equip Us to Serve God in All Parts of Life”
Guest Speaker: The Rev. Andrew C. Whaley
RSVP to Attend On-site

We hope you will save the date for this summer’s annual Evening VBS!

Walk into Barnes and Noble or check the lists on Amazon and you can find innumerable books on effective leadership. There is wisdom from successful business people, psychologists, athletic coaches and players, movie stars, and talk show hosts. As Christian people, formed by the texts of Israel and the Church, is there guidance for our lives in the stories of the Bible that can help us figure out how to lead in our spheres of influence today? Join us this summer as our good friend and neighbor, the Rev. Andrew C. Whaley of Raleigh Court Presbyterian Church, invites us to “Follow the Leader.” Looking at the three-fold leadership guide from ancient Israel of Prophet, Priest, and King, we will see effective and ineffective leadership through a variety of stories in the books of 1 and 2 Kings.

These are human stories with human problems. God’s influence is behind-the-scenes, in human relationship and conscience. In these stories we can see ourselves and see how God might be working in our lives now. Since the sixteenth century, the Reformed Church has named Christ as the fulfillment of all three of Israel’s offices of Prophet, Priest, and King. As those who are “baptized into Christ,” therefore, how can our lives adapt and embody these various leadership stances as we evaluate and respond to the challenges before us?

Note: The event will be held in our church Sanctuary, with live stream for those who prefer to participate from home. We are not currently planning on a nursery or children’s program for this event. Please RSVP for on-site attendance using the button above. Capacity is limited to 200.

Andrew Whaley serves as the Pastor and Head of Staff at Raleigh Court Presbyterian Church in Roanoke where he has served since August of 2015. Prior to that call he served four years as the Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Jefferson City, Tennessee. Andrew is a native of Knoxville and a graduate of Rhodes College (Phi Beta Kappa) with a double major in Theatre Performance and Religious Studies. He was an Honors Scholar at Columbia Theological Seminary where he graduated as a recipient of the Wilds Book Prize for the top student in his class in 2011 and also received awards in New Testament studies and Worship. Andrew has been a contributor to the Feasting on the Gospels and Connections commentary series both by Westminster John Knox Press, served on the staff of the Montreat Worship and Music Conference, and is being featured this summer on the nationally syndicated radio program Day1 as a guest preacher. He is an alumnus of the Trent Symposium for Newly Ordained Ministers (2012) sponsored by Second Presbyterian Church of Roanoke and Union Presbyterian Seminary, and is a member of the Zick Preaching Scholars led by the Rev. Dr. Tom Tewel formerly of the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City. In Roanoke, Andrew serves as the Vice Chairman of the Roanoke Area Ministries and as a board member of the Presbyterian Community Center and has participated in the Roanoke Valley Leadership Class hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. Andrew is married to Rebecca, a financial planner specialist with Ameriprise Financial, and they have three children, Simon (9), Joanna (6), and Ruth (2). He enjoys time on the golf course, running on the greenway, dinners on the back porch with friends, reading good books, and cheering for the Atlanta Braves and Tennessee Volunteers.

Morning VBS at Braeloch Pavilion in Vinton
July 26-28, 2021 (July 29: Rain Makeup Day)
“ReNew: The Green VBS”
9:00-11:30 a.m.

Celebrate God’s creation this summer at beautiful Braeloch Pavilion in Vinton, VA. Thanks to the generosity of Nancy and Al Hammond, Second is able to host our first open-air Morning VBS! Each day, kids will explore Jesus’ Parable of the Sower as they learn to care for God’s creation.

4-year-olds through rising fifth graders are invited to participate, and vaccinated volunteers are needed. Registration for church members (this includes church children and grandchildren) will begin on Monday, May 3. Due to current COVID precautions, there will be a cap on each class size, so please register early! Registration for the general public will be open on May 17.

To register a participant or volunteer, click the button above! Contact Christal Pearson or Elizabeth Link with questions.

*Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with information regarding what to bring and a link to a Google Permission Form to submit. We look forward to growing and learning with your child this summer at VBS!

“Back to the Well”
Women’s Summer Bible Study
Thursdays, June 10 – July 22, 2021
9:00 a.m.

Elizabeth Link and Amanda Copeland will be co-leading a women’s Bible study on Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. this summer. Beginning June 10, the group will explore Frances Taylor Gench’s Bible study, Back to the Well: Women’s Encounters with Jesus in the Gospels. Class participants are invited to purchase a copy of the book ahead of time. The class will meet to discuss the book on these upcoming dates:

  • June 10 – Introduction
  • June 17 – Chapter 1: The Canaanite Woman
  • June 24 – Chapter 2: The Hemorrhaging Woman and Jairus’s Daughter
  • July 1 – Chapter 3: Mary and Martha
  • July 8 – Chapter 4: A Bent Woman, Daughter of Abraham
  • July 15 – Chapter 5: The Samaritan Woman
  • July 22 – Chapter 6: A Woman Accused of Adultery

If you are interested in joining the group, contact Meredith Koliba or Amanda Copeland.

Take the 2PC Summer Bingo Challenge!

Join your church family in a fun and engaging community-wide game of BINGO! Fill your summer with all kinds of creative and inspiring activities as we serve God and our neighbors while nourishing the soul.

Up for the full challenge? Completely blackout your bingo card by the end of the summer for special recognition on Rally Day, September 12!

Be sure to share photos/videos on social media as you work to complete the challenge using the hashtag #2pcsummerbingo2021. May this summer be full of soul-enriching activities—and maybe even new experiences—for us all! Ready… set… BIN-GO!

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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

Executive Pastor

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 Benjamin S. Brannan

The Reverend Benjamin S. Brannan

Associate Pastor for Youth and Young Adults

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.