Church of the Brethren
Virlina District
3402 Plantation Road, NE
Roanoke, Virginia  24012
(800) 847-5462
(540) 362-1816
Virlina District

Church of the Brethren
Continuing the Work of Jesus.  Peacefully. Simply. Together.
Continuing the Work of Jesus. Peacefully. Simply. Together.


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Brethren Disaster Ministries Still Seeking Volunteers in North Carolina, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico!

Brethren Disaster Ministries is sponsoring several weeks of clean-up help in St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands) and Puerto Rico.  The Disaster Response Committee of the Virlina District will provide a total of $750.00 to help with airfare to and from St. Thomas and Puerto Rico if going in the upcoming months.  There is a limit to $150.00 per person.   Please do not hesitate to contact us about this opportunity!!  Volunteers from Virlina congregations can contact Ed or Susan McKimmy (540) 354-5345 if interested in going and if interested in applying for financial aid.

There are two weeks still open for the projects in North Carolina: the week of December 2 and the week of December 16 (not Brethren Disaster Ministries).  If your congregation has a team willing to go, or wants to pair up with another group to go, please contact Ed and Susan and let them know.  As far as we know, the recent storms have not stalled BDM work in these areas.

Brethren Disaster Ministries is not just for those who like to work in clean-up and construction. Children’s Disaster Services is another way to volunteer your time when disasters strike. Children often experience trauma and need nurturing individuals to care for them and play with them.  These volunteers need specific training, however.  If you are interested in receiving this training, please let Ed and Susan know at (540) 354-5345, so that a training session might be organized for people in our district.


The second class for the fall of 2018 will be "Introduction to Theology" taught by Dan Rudy, pastor of the Ninth Street CoB.  These classes will also be held at the Coulson CoB, 4127 Coulson Church Road, Hillsville, VA 24343.  Dates and time for the classes are October 13, November 3 and November 17, 2018 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Cost is $75 if received by October 1, 2018 and $100 after that date.  The textbooks are:  What’s Theology Got To Do With It?, by Anthony B. Robinson and Another Way of Believing, by Dale Brown.

Make check payable to VIRLINA DISTRICT and mail with registration form to:  Sue Morris, Center Coordinator, P.O. Box 8, Copper Hill, VA  24079-0008.  Questions – call 540-651-8331 or e-mail:


Peace Day 2018

The Annual Day of Prayer for Peace Service will be held at the Roanoke, First Church of the Brethren on Sunday, September 23, 2018, at 3pm.  Gimbiya Kettering, the Director of Intercultural Ministries for the Church of the Brethren, will be the speaker. The theme, “The Things that Make for Peace,” is from Luke 19:42.  This service is sponsored by the Virlina District’s Peace Affairs Committee (Jack LoweRuth Ann Manning HannahCourtney HawkinsBeth Ikenberry MiddletonRonald Robinson II, & Tabitha Hartman Rudy).
More about Gimbiya Kettering:
As Director of Intercultural Ministries for the Church of the Brethren, Gimbiya works to strengthen and develop networks of support for multicultural and “minority”  congregations and their leaders, helps congregations work to eliminate the negative legacies of white supremacy in their communities, and assists denominational staff in becoming more effective at helping the church live out the intercultural vision articulated in the Annual Conference paper, “Separate No More.” She remains rooted in Maple Grove Church of the Brethren in Ashland, Ohio, and lives with her family in Washington, D.C.


The "Worship" Class will be taught by Becky Rhodes this fall at the Central Church of the Brethren located at 416 Church Ave in Roanoke, VA.  Classes will be held on the following Sundays: September 23, October 7, 21 and November 4 from 2:00-6:00 p.m.  Required texts are: Worship for the Whole People of God by Ruth Duck, Beyond the Worship Wars by Thomas G. Long, Worship Come to its Senses by Don E Saliers, Hymnal: A Worship Book, Hymnal Supplement, For All Who Minister (all from Brethren Press).  Contact Judy Mills with questions or to request a registration form.  Register by September 10.  Make a check payable to VIRLINA DISTRICT and mail with registration form to Judy Mills, Center Coordinator, District Resource Center, 3402 Plantation Road NE, Roanoke, VA  24012.  Judy can be reached by email at <>.

“LISTENING TO GOD IN A NOISY WORLD” - OCTOBER 13, 2018  (Click Title for more information)

Television, the internet, cell phones, social media updates, constant "breaking news" alerts, and many other distractions, make it hard to listen to God.  Join the Spiritual Development Retreat Committee at Camp Bethel on Saturday, October 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for our annual Fall retreat.  We will learn and reflect together on how to be more attentive to God's voice and presence.  The event leaders, Hannah Oakes and Dick Gottshall, will each offer their own guidance and perspectives on this topic.  The cost of the event, which includes lunch, is $25.00.  Please register by October 1 so that we can let Camp know how many people to expect for lunch.  Click here for registration information.


During the coming year we will be engaging in the Compelling Vision process outlined by the Annual Conference. Every district, including ours, will sponsor meetings to enable individual members of the denomination to have a voice in this process. Kevin Daggett, a member of the Compelling Vision Process Team (CVPT) and pastor of the Dayton (VA) Church of the Brethren, will be leading the sessions in the Virlina District.

Rhonda Pittman Gingrich, chairperson of the Compelling Vision Process Team (CVPT), recently described the district conversations in this way, "As summer gives way to fall, the process launched at the 2018 Annual Conference to help the denomination discern God’s call and develop a compelling vision to guide us into the future is moving into a new phase. Shaped by the conversations that took place at Annual Conference, the Compelling Vision Process Team has designed a two-hour event to engage members in deeper conversation around God’s call for us as a church.”

The meetings in the Virlina District have been scheduled as follows:

Sunday, October 14, 2018        Bassett Church of the Brethren                           6-8 p.m.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018       Pleasant Valley Church of the Brethren              6-8 p.m   

Saturday, October 20, 2018      Summerdean Church of the Brethren                 9-11 a.m.

Saturday, October 20, 2018      West Richmond Church of the Brethren              4-6 p.m.

“Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate in an event. In preparation, please: pray for the church and the Spirit’s guidance as we move through this process; visit the Compelling Vision website at, and read about the Compelling Vision process (especially if you were not at Annual Conference and are unfamiliar with it); reflect on scriptures that inform our ministry and life together as the body of Christ; and bring a Bible and, if possible, a smart phone, tablet, or laptop to the event."


The Virlina District’s Northern Area Women’s Fellowship will have their Fall 2018 meeting on

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at Camp Bethel (328 Bethel Road, Fincastle, VA 24090). Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Coffee and morning snacks will be available at this time. The program begins at 10:00 a.m.

This year the program theme is EXPERIENCING GOD ON LIFE’S JOURNEY: Backpacking the Camino de Santiago - An Ancient Path for a New Pilgrim. Suzanne Rhoades, a member of the Trinity Church in Botetourt County, VA. is the presenter. There will also be group sharing of “God sightings” and special places and times we have experienced God in our life journeys.

The offering will go to Camp Bethel for Camperships. The luncheon cost is $12 per person. Please register by October 1. Send a payment of $12 to Shirley Basham, 5644 Capito Street, Roanoke, Virginia 24019. Registration forms are available by e-mail at <>


The annual Disaster Response Volunteer Appreciation Dinner will be held at the Germantown Brick Church on the evening of Sunday, October 21 and will begin at 5:00 pm.  Invitations will be mailed to volunteers, but all persons interested in disaster response or those who have supported disaster response through making kits, financial aid, or prayers are invited to attend.  2017-2018 volunteers will be recognized as part of the program.  To reserve your place, contact the District Resource Center at (540) 362-1816, (800) 847-5462, or <>.

Virlina District Conference - November 9-10, 2018   (Click Title for more information)

Save the date for the 2018 Virlina District Conference!  We will gather as a district to worship and fellowship together, and to do business together, at Bonsack Baptist Church on November 9th and 10th, 2018.  The schedule will be similar to last year, as will some of the age group activities.  There will be some changes, however, to how and when delegates register.  Please keep an eye out for a letter and flyer which will be arriving soon by post mail to each pastor or board chair.  Information will also be routinely updated on the conference website (click on the heading to visit that page, or simply choose "District Conference" from the menu located at the top of this page.)  It will be here before we know it! 


The Bittersweet Gospel Band is undertaking a Five District Tour in late September. The Virlina District event will be held on Wednesday, September 26 at the Antioch Church of the Brethren (2996 Callaway Road, Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151). This worship concert will be held at 6:30 p.m. Personnel of the Bittersweet Gospel Band, five of whom are Brethren pastors, include Gilbert Romero Jr., of Los Angeles, CA, Thomas Dowdy of Los Angeles, CA, Scott Duffey of Staunton, VA, Leah Hileman of Luray, VA, Trey Curry of Staunton, VA, Andy Duffey of Rocky Mount, VA, David Sollenberger of N. Manchester, IN and Tyler Roebuck of Columbia City, IN.

bridgewater college's church travel team available!

The mission of the Bridgewater College Church Travel Team Program is to strengthen the church/college relationship and prepare students for future church leadership. This mission is carried out through student Church Travel Teams that provide fresh and energetic leadership for worship services, Sunday school classes and other events in local congregations.

For many years, Bridgewater College students have generously given of their time and talents to provide leadership in Church of the Brethren congregations. These Church Travel Teams provide significant ministry experience for our students and a valuable service to the congregations that host them.  

If you have hosted a Bridgewater College Church Travel Team in the past, we hope you will do so again. If not, we encourage you to have a team of our talented and dedicated students serve your congregation!  Please feel free to contact Chaplain Robbie Miller any time at and our Student Church Travel Team Coordinator Christa Craighead (after August 28) at with any questions you may have.

The form to request a team can be accessed here: BW Church Travel Team Request Form


Camp Bethel is accepting on-line applications for a full-time, year-round Guest Services & Marketing Coordinator. Application and complete information is at <>.


Who can go on a trip?  What is a disaster response trip like?  Do I need to be a skilled carpenter or electrician to go?  How can I help children?  The Disaster Response Committee welcomes the opportunity to speak to congregations who want to learn more about Brethren Disaster Ministries.  Contact Virlina's Co-Coordinators, Ed and Susan Mckimmy, by phone (540)354-5345 or e-mail <> to schedule a presentation for your congregation.


The District Resource Center has a large volume of printed resources, including books and periodicals.  We need volunteers to record which resources we have so we can make them more easily accessible for others to borrow.  This would be a great project for youth who are looking for community service or volunteer hours.  Call the office or email Tabitha if you are interested: 95400 362-1816 or <>.


Did you know that the District Resource Center can run background checks for church employees and volunteers?  Completing background checks for those persons who work with minors or volunteer regularly is a good practice to start and maintain.  Congregations looking to hire new staff who will be interacting with minors, operating church vehicles, or managing funds, need to seriously consider having a background check run on applicants.  Each check costs only $17.00.  To learn more or request an authorization form for a background check, contact Tabitha (540) 362-1816 or <>.


NCP Learning Tours build community with our neighbors, explore important justice and environmental concerns, and offer opportunities to reflect on the connections between our world and their world. Expect basic but safe accommodations, an encounter with other cultures and ecosystems, good traveling companions, and plenty to think about. Trips are open to people of all ages, with every effort made to create experiences for folks from across the age and ability spectrum. Cost excludes airfare and visas, but includes all on-the-ground expenses.

Burma (Myanmar) January 5-16, 2019 Leaders: David Radcliff, Nyan Min Din, Saw Jimmy Zan Cost: $1075 ($975—student) (plus roundtrip airfare to Yangon) Visit this fascinating Southeast Asian country; see cultural and religious sites; learn about reforestation, women’s development and girls’ education projects supported by NCP; explore issues of poverty and ethnic conflict. Overnight trek (moderately strenuous) to Paloung hilltribe area, staying in local homes; travel by boat to the Southeast delta to visit microloan projects.

For more information or to register, visit <> or contact David Radcliff by telephone at (844) 804-2985, by e-mail at <, or by U.S. Mail at New Community Project,  117 Nature Road, Blue Ridge, VA 24064

upcoming credentialing services

We endeavor to schedule ordination services in order that the maximum number of our ordained ministers are able to take part. Jessica A. Slusher is scheduled for ordination on Sunday, August 12, at 4 p.m. at the Bethany Church of the Brethren in Callaway, Virginia.  Sam Light will be ordained at the New Bethel Church of the Brethren in Chatham, VA on Sunday, September 30 at 3 p.m.



Congregational Employment Opportunities

Troutville Church of the Brethren is looking to hire an Administrative Assistant to work 32-40 hours a month. Must be able to use Microsoft word and willing to learn other programs as needed. For information and a job description contact the office at (540) 992-1571.

A part-time position is available for a Director of Music who will work with Adults, Youth and Children at Ninth Street Church of the Brethren.  If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact Rosemary Palmer, Nurture Commission Chairperson at (540) 890-4718.  To apply, please submit a resume to the church office, either by e-mail to <> or by US Mail at 1103 Ninth Street SE, Roanoke, VA 24013.

Ferrum Church of the Brethren is seeking a pianist to play on Sunday and special services. If interested contact Vetta Bayse at (540) 427-0505 or by e-mail at <>.

The Smith Mountain Lake Community Church of the Brethren is seeking a music director. Please contact Chris Updike at for further details.


Did you know that Brethren used to travel to participate in another congregation's Love Feast?  In an effort to make this information accessible to all, please share your congregation's Fall Love Feast date with us.  Let us know when your congregation's Love Feast service is by filling out this form: Fall Love Feasts in Virlina 



125 years is an amazing accomplishment! Come celebrate this with Roanoke First Church of the Brethren on Saturday. September 29 at 2:00 p.m.  A meal will follow. There will be no charge for the meal. Please call the church office (540) 344-8196 by Saturday, September 15, for your meal reservation. The speakers will be our former pastor, David Racy Miller, and others. See you there! Save the date!


The Laurel Branch Church, located in Floyd County, Virginia, will celebrate their 100thAnniversary on September 30, 2018 as a part of their homecoming services. Prior to becoming a congregation, they were a meeting point of the Topeco Church, the mother church of Floyd, Carroll and Patrick Counties in Virginia, as well as Surry County, North Carolina.