Children’s Choir Day-treat: June 5
“Fruits of the Spirit”
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
– Galatians 5:22-23a
4-year-olds through current fifth graders are invited to join Kristen Smith, Rev. Elizabeth Link, and the children’s choir directors for a morning of movement, music, and fellowship at Braeloch Pavilion on Saturday, June 5. In this beautiful open-air space, we will spend time learning and growing together. Please bring your own water, a snack, and wear your sunscreen and play clothes. All children are welcome, regardless of children’s choir participation in the past. We would LOVE to see you and can’t wait to learn and play together!
Drop-off and pick-up will be at Braeloch. Register by clicking the button below. COVID precautions will be in place, and all adult leadership has been vaccinated.
*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 this time of music and movement!
June 6, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.
2353 Hammond Dr., Vinton, VA 24179
RSVP to Attend
Mark your calendars and plan to join your church family for our annual Picnic Sunday at Braeloch (2353 Hammond Dr., Vinton, VA 24179) at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 6. We look forward to this time of worship and fellowship in the beautiful outdoors!
As a precaution, this year will be a bring-your-own picnic (bottled water and iced tea will be provided). Please wear a mask and RSVP if you plan to attend. A prerecorded worship service will be made available online that Sunday morning for all.
Adult Evening VBS
June 20-23, 2021
“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”
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.
*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!
“CHURCH BEYOND WALLS”
Christian education theme for 2020-21
This year, most of us are worshiping and living our Christian discipleship beyond the walls of our church. It is a strange new reality to worship, fellowship, and learn through screens, telephone conversations, and the written page. It is a strange feeling for us, but not new for the church to exist “untethered” to its meeting place or separated physically from one another. God is faithful and we can be faithful in the living of these days. So, with this year’s Christian education program, we are embracing our current reality and the life-giving promise of the Holy Spirit as the church moves beyond walls. As important and meaningful as our church building is for us, the church was never our building. The church is the Body of Christ worshiping, growing, and serving wherever we are planted.
With the help of many faithful volunteers, we are excited to announce the creative ways you will be invited to pursue Christian education this fall. Some of our adult Sunday school classes are continuing through a Zoom format, short-term pre-recorded classes will be available each season, and children and youth will be exploring Sunday school; Children, Worship, and Wonder; music, and youth group in new and innovative ways. We are living into our call to be creative, imaginative, and nimble in our service to the Lord. Be sure to browse our 2020-21 Christian Education Booklet below for all the details!
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.
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.