The Bible in Black and White
Wednesdays in May | 12:00 p.m. | Fellowship Hall
Dr. Bill Lee is the retired Senior Minister of Louden Ave Christian Church, a predominately African-American congregation he served for 39 years. Dr. George Anderson is the Senior Minister of Second Presbyterian Church, a predominately white congregation.
Worship! This will be the topic for this May’s installment of The Bible in Black and White series. Drs. Bill Lee and George Anderson will address topics like preaching, praying, singing, baptism, weddings, liturgy and more. Once again, we hope to have a racially diverse community where we can widen our horizons and grow in appreciation for experiences and perspectives that are not the same. Come join us at noon on the five Wednesdays in May in the Fellowship Hall of Second Presbyterian Church (May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31).
Evening VBS for All Ages: June 11-14
“Lost and Found: Stories of Celebration”
RSVP by Friday, June 2
Save the date for our annual Evening Vacation Bible School this June. Evening lectures for adults and a fantastic children’s theatre program will help us explore more about God and more about ourselves.
Guest Speaker: The Rev. Millie Snyder, Executive Pastor at Myers Park Presbyterian Church.
Program: “Lost and Found: Stories of Celebration.”
- How does it feel to be included? How does it feel to be left out? We will dig into the parables of Luke 15. These are stories about a lost sheep, a lost coin, and a prodigal son. Each of the stories ends with a celebration, celebrating the return of the lost. We will explore how we can share in that joyful celebration in our own lives now. Millie is from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and was raised in the Moravian Church. She graduated from Davidson College with honors in psychology and from Princeton Seminary with a concentration in preaching and worship. She was ordained to ministry in the PC(USA) in 1991 and has served as associate pastor of University Presbyterian Church in Rochester, Michigan, and pastor of MorningStar Presbyterian Church in Matthews, North Carolina. Since 2004, Millie has served at Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, as the executive pastor. She is married to Leif Aus and they have two young adult daughters, Clare and Linnea.
For 4 Year-Olds–Middle School:
Children’s Theatre Camp:
- This summer, we are thrilled to welcome Meghan Griffith as the leader for our Evening VBS Children’s Theatre Camp! Children are welcome to bring friends.
- Register online by Friday, June 2. Questions? Contact Meredith Koliba.
Evening VBS Schedule:
- Sunday, June 11: 6-8 p.m. with dinner ($12 for adults, $5 for kids: Three Li’l Pigs Barbeque).
- Monday-Wednesday, June 12-14: 6:30-7:45 p.m. with refreshments.
Morning VBS July 24-27
“Come to the Table: Journey from the first Passover meal to the Last Supper”
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Children ages 4-years-old through rising 5th graders are invited to join us as we explore Old and New Testament stories from around the table. The Bible reminds us that God’s table has room for us all. From Egypt and Jerusalem to the welcome table, we will learn about what it means to be part of the family of God and the ways we are fed and nourished.
Contact Elizabeth Link or Maria Blackshaw if you or your middle or high schooler are interested in volunteering.
Trent Getaway Church Retreat: August 18-20, 2023
Register by Monday, June 5
We hope you can join us for our annual church retreat, the Trent Getaway! We are gathering again at Eagle Eyrie Conference Center outside of Lynchburg, VA. A mere hour away from Roanoke, these three days will be miles away from ordinary! We hope you will make space in your busy calendar for this joyful, restorative event.
Eagle Eyrie provides accessible hotel style accommodations, with a dining hall to meet all tastes and needs. Programs for adults, youth, and children will be provided, with plenty of opportunities for fellowship and fun. Childcare will also be provided for our youngest attendees.
Our guest speaker this year will be the Rev. Taylor Lewis Guthrie Hartman, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Statesboro, GA.
Check out the brochure for more details. Register here by Monday, June 5 or visit the Trent Getaway table in Kirk Hall.
Christian Education 2022-2023
On Rally Day, September 11, we celebrated the beginning of a new church school year! 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. Below, learn about the ways you may grow in faith through education, fellowship, and discipleship throughout the 2022-2023 church school year.
View the Rally Day video below, and see details on this year’s educational offerings for all ages in the 2022-2023 Christian Education Booklet
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.
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 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 welcomed their first son, Camden, in March 2022.