Upcoming Events


Develop your musical-vocal skills!

July 7, 21   |   August 4, 18   |   August 25 (rehearsal for Sunday, Aug. 28)
Start time: 7:30 p.m.

•  Learn, review and practice basic sight-reading skills.
•  Build your singing voice.
•  Apply your new skills in a sacred choral work or two, to be sung in worship (not required).

All are welcome to attend one or all of the upcoming musicianship workshops here at Second Presbyterian Church, led by instructors Marianne and Jeff Sandborg. Workshops will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Church Choir Room downstairs; please enter via the main portico entrance.

RSVP to Jeff Sandborg: sandborg@roanoke.edu

August 19-21, 2022

Registration is now closed.

Take a breath and join us for this special, annual tradition:
a weekend of recreation, relaxation, and renewal!

The TRENT GETAWAY Church Retreat at Eagle Eyrie in Lynchburg, VA is set for August 19-21, 2022! Thanks to all those who registered for this intergenerational weekend where there will be programs for all ages. We look forward to seeing you there!

Participants will gather on Friday afternoon (registration is from 4:00-6:00 p.m.) for a weekend program of study, worship, and recreation! Saturday afternoon will allow you to enjoy elective recreational activities of your choosing.

Special children activities are planned, and there will be childcare available for those too young to participate in the lessons and programs. Middle and Sr. High Youth will take part in fun team building exercises.

The retreat will end following Sunday morning worship, and participants can expect to be back in Roanoke by lunchtime!

Check out the Trent Getaway brochure for more information!

*This event is made possible by a grant from the Kittye Susan Trent Fund of Second Presbyterian Church.*

Sunday, August 28
10:00 a.m.

Thanks to YOU the Mission Build Campaign has surpassed its $1.7M goal! We invite you to join us for a Worship Service of Celebration on Sunday, August 28 at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary; a reception will follow in Fellowship Hall. On this exciting day, we will be joined in worship by representatives of the mission partners who will benefit from the successfully completed campaign. We’ll have representatives from the Dominican Republic and the offices of Solid Rock International in Indianapolis, from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, from the Presbyterian Community Center, from Family Promise of Greater Roanoke, as well as a representative of the Prison Visitation Ministry. We greatly look forward to this time of celebration and fellowship!

So much thought is being given to this service of worship because it is important that we give thanks to God not only for the completion of the campaign but also for what will be worked through the ministries being supported. We give thanks for the transformative impact on lives and communities that will be made far beyond the span of our individual lives.

Rally Day, September 11
“Better Together”

On Rally Day, September 11, we will once again come together to celebrate the beginning of a new church school year! Come to learn about the ways you may grow in faith through education, fellowship, and discipleship throughout the 2022-2023 church school year. On this Sunday, we will return to our early and late worship service schedule at 8:45 and 11:00 a.m.

Join us for a special, churchwide Rally Day breakfast in Fellowship Hall at 9:45 a.m. At no cost to you and no RSVP’s required, we hope this will be a fun and meaningful way for the church to kick off our fall Christian education season. Pancakes, bacon, and fruit are on the menu, and all ages are invited to join us. Take some time meeting new friends and catching up with long-time friends you haven’t seen in a while. Hear about educational opportunities, tour classrooms, and signup for Sunday and midweek studies.

Christian education is a gift, and it is our prayer that this year may be the opportunity you’ve been searching for to grow deeper in faith and build connection within the Body of Christ.

Rally Day Schedule:

  • 8:45 a.m.: Early Worship Service, Sanctuary
  • 9:45 a.m.: Rally Day Breakfast, Fellowship Hall
  • 11:00 a.m.: Late Worship Service, Sanctuary/Live Stream

The 2022-2023 Christian Education Booklet with details on this year’s educational offerings for all ages will be published prior to Rally Day.

November 11-12, 2022

“Midwives of a New Creation”

With guest speaker the Rev. Jen Brothers
Register by Monday, October 3.

Gals Gathering at Eagle Eyrie in Lynchburg, VA is a special overnight event for women in our church to grow closer to one another and closer to God through study, conversation, crafts, and shared meals. The theme this year is “Midwives of a New Creation,” and our guest speaker will be the Rev. Jen Brothers. The retreat begins at 4:00 p.m. Friday afternoon with crafts and snacks. Dinner is served around 6:00 p.m. with an evening session and music planned for Friday night. On Saturday morning, we enjoy breakfast and a couple sessions in our small groups. We include a worship service with communion, and lunch follows thereafter. The retreat typically ends around 2:00 p.m.

The cost for the retreat is $100.00 per person and is required when you submit your registration. This includes lodging, linens, dinner on Friday night, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. For more details, see the retreat brochure. If you would like to take part in the event, please complete the form at the button below and you will be automatically registered (pending your $100 payment).

Registration and payment is due by Monday, October 3, 2022.

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

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.