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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Don't forget to register for the 2018 ANNUAL CONFERENCE - JULY 4-8, 2018  (Click title for more information!)

Join other Brethren from around the denomination at this year's Annual Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Moderator Samuel Sarpiya and Moderator-Elect Donita Keister will lead us in round table discussions, conference business, and worship all centered around the theme, "Living Parables", based on Matthew 9:35-38.  Delegate registration opened up in March, but many Virlina congregations have yet to register a delegate.  Hotel rooms are going fast, so please register as soon as possible.  To register, visit If you need assistance or have questions, contact the Annual Conference office by email <>; or by phone 800-323-8039, ext 364 or 365.    

White Privilege- Let’s Talk: A Resource for Transformational Dialogue”

The Virlina District Peace Affairs Committee (part of the Commission on Witness) invites you to participate in an ongoing Sacred Conversation on Race. The focus will be on White Privilege and its manifestations and impact. The six-session series, entitled “White Privilege- Let’s Talk: A Resource for Transformational Dialogue,” will meet on Monday, March 26 and April 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 7:00-9:00 p.m at the Virlina District Resource Center (3402 Plantation Road, NE, Roanoke, VA 24012-3732).  The last session, to be held on April 30, will be held at the Williamson Road Church of the Brethren (3110 Pioneer Road NW, Roanoke, VA 24012.)

Continuing Education Units (.9 CEUs) for $10, through the Brethren Academy are available for those who register for CEUs and complete the entire course (participant information and fees will be collected at the first session - contact Eric Anspaugh for more information about CEUs -

The curriculum is published by the United Church of Christ and is designed to help white people to see and understand how white privilege functions in the United States. The curriculum’s introduction states, “If you are a person of color in America, the seeing of privilege is inescapable. If you are white, you have most likely not been conditioned to even look for, much less see, where your privilege functions.”

Each session will include a time of coming together to:

  • set the tone for the conversation
  • discussing the printed material for the session
  • watching and listening to media to engage together
  • discussion questions and related activities

The curriculum is centered on story: the stories of the writers as well as the participants. As a part of the curriculum, each participant will be composing a spiritual biography written through the lens of race. Since the focus of the course is on white privilege, persons of all racial and ethnic identities are welcome.

Due to the curriculum content and space requirements, the class will be limited to the first 20 registrants. Please register by contacting Tabitha Rudy, Interim Associate District Executive Minister, at 540-362-1816 or  Registration closes on Friday, March 2. Class participants are required to download and print their own reading material from


Roundtable will be held April 6-8, 2018 at Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, VA. The speaker will be Marcus Harden from the Atlantic Southeast District. The Friday night entertainment will be Carnival. This event is planned by the Interdistrict Youth Cabinet. For more information e-mail <> or visit website at <>.


The Southern Area Women's Fellowship will have their Spring meeting on Saturday, April 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Boones Mill Church of the Brethren.  Participants can bring school supplies for Benjamin Franklin Middle School students as a service project or monetary donations to go towards buying supplies.  The program will focus on scams: what they are, how to respond to them, and what to look out for.  During the business meeting, new members will be called.  There will also be a potluck lunch.  Congregations in the Southern Area should keep an eye out for more information about the program and which school supplies are needed.  Please contact Judy Sink (276) 340-8902 with any questions.


The Northern Area Women’s Fellowship will have their Spring meeting on Saturday, April 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Summerdean Church of the Brethren.  The cost to attend, which includes lunch from 2nd Helpings Cafe, is $10.00.  The program, “Live, Love, Laugh…Sharing our Faith,” will include stories from local Brethren about experiences which have greatly affected their faith: Sharon Flora, Carol Hambleton, and Adam and Lynsey Stultz.  A love offering will be collected, there will be special music, and vendors will be present selling various items.  Additionally, members will have their regular business meeting.  Congregations in the Northern Area will be mailed information and registration forms.  Please contact Harriet Rader (540) 992-3906 with any questions you may have.

CREATING A CULTURE OF CALL - .2 CEUs  (Click title for more information!)

When is it?  Friday, April 20th; 2-4 p.m.

Where is it happening?  Camp Bethel

Who should come?  Ministers and congregational leaders interested in how we are called to call others into ministry.

What will happen?  The Calling the Called committee is sponsoring this pre-conference event entitled Creating a Culture of Call.  Led by Nancy Sollenberger Heishman (Director of the Office of Ministry) is intended to help congregations consider how they may maintain a steady focus of identifying, calling, and training pastoral leadership from within their own congregations.  How many of our future church leaders are currently sitting in our pews?

How much is it?  $10 per person 

For more information and for registration forms, visit our Calling the Called 2018 page.

CALLING THE CALLED: DISCERNMENT, DISCIPLESHIP, DIRECTION – APRIL 20-21, 2018  (click title for more information!)

Calling the Called: Discernment – Discipleship - Direction, is an event jointly organized by the Shenandoah and Virlina Districts. It is an intentional time away from the routine of life for persons to discern what it means to be called by God to the set-apart ministry. 

Whether you are someone actively exploring the possibility of ministry or someone unsure of God’s calling this will be a helpful time of discernment and discovery.

Come and hear personal call stories, come and wrestle with biblical call stories, come and learn about the process of entering the set-apart ministry in the Church of the Brethren. Come for worship and fellowship; come and discover what it means to be a people called by God.

Calling the Called: Discernment - Discipleship – Direction will be held beginning at 5 p.m. with registration on Friday, April 20, 2018 through closing at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Camp Bethel. The cost of registration is $50 per person which includes lodging at Camp Bethel, meals, classes and materials. CEU’s will be available for ordained ministers at $10 extra.

Want more information on how to register?  Click here!

Check out the Calling the Called Facebook Page!

MINISTRY AND MISSION IN VIRLINA – MAY 5, 2018 (click title for more information!)

Mark your calendar for the annual Ministry and Mission in Virlina event – Saturday, May 5, 2018.  It will be held at the Collinsville Church of the Brethren. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and worship will start at 9:00 a.m.  Following worship, attendees will have the opportunity to pick from several workshops, some of which will offer CEUs for ministers.  Following lunch, the Annual Conference Delegate Briefing will take place, and will be led by Virlina’s Standing Committee Members and Annual Conference Moderator, Samuel Sarpiya.


Mark your calendar for May 6. That will be National Youth Sunday in the Church of the Brethren. More information will be available at <>.

CHURCH PLANTING CONFERENCE - MAY 16-19, 2018  (Click title for more information!)

The Church of the Brethren’s every-other-year conference on new church development has a new name and a new focus: “New and Renew: Revitalize Plant Grow.” Sponsored by Congregational Life Ministries and held at Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Indiana, the conference is planned for May 16-19. “The Risk and Reward of Embodying Jesus Locally” is the theme.

“Risk. Ask any church planter, and one of the first things they are likely to tell you is that it takes a great deal of risk to enter into the difficult work of planting a new church. God took a risk sending Christ into the world, to move into the neighborhood with us,” explains the description on the event webpage. 

“Come and explore with us the ways that we can do risk well as we go about the work of planting new communities of faith across our country and the world. Share your own experiences of risk in the work of church planting, as well as hearing how others have handled the risks and challenges of this important work.” 

Keynote speakers are Christiana Rice and Orlando Crespo. Rice leads a neighborhood faith community in San Diego, CA, and is a coach and trainer with Thresholds, a community that helps people create spaces of discovery and communities of transformation. With Michael Frost she has co-authored “To Alter Your World: Partnering with God to Rebirth Our Communities.” Crespo helped plant and serves as a founding pastor of New Life in the BronxChurch, and is interim director of Multiethnic Ministries and director of LaFe, Latino Ministries, with Intervarsity. He is author of “Being Latino in Christ.”

Samuel Sarpiya, 2018 Annual Conference moderator and planter of Rockford (IL) Community Church of the Brethren, will be giving a keynote address and a closing sermon drawing on his theme of “Living Parables.”

The conference is organized by staff of Congregational Life Ministries Stan Dueck and Gimbiya Kettering, with help from the Church of the Brethren’s New Church Advisory Committee. Members of the committee include RudyAmaya, Ryan Braught, Steve Gregory, Don Mitchell, Deb Oskin, Nate Polzin, Cesia Salcedo, and Doug Veal.

Cost is $130 for each registration through April 10, or $140 after that date. Current students of Bethany Seminary, the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, and SeBAH-CoB receive a discounted price of $79. Continuing education credit for ordained ministers will be available for an additional $10. Registration does not cover housing costs; attendees are responsible for making theirown housing arrangements. The Virlina District Board’s New Church Development Committee will provide scholartship for members of our new church developments and, as circumstances allow, for others interested in going to this event.


The 2018 Young Adult Conference (YAC) will be held May 25-27 at Camp Brethren Woods, near Keezletown, Virginia.  The theme is "Teach with your life" from I timothy 4:11-16.  YAC offers people ages 18-35 a chance to enjoy fellowship, worship, recreation, Bible study, service projects and more. The registration is $130 which includes food, lodging and programming. Questions? Contact Becky Ullom Naugle in the Youth/Young Adult Ministry Office at <> or (847)429-4385.

CHILLIN' AND GRILLIN' DISTRICT MEN'S DINNER - JUNE 1, 2018  (Click title for more information)

Come and join Roger, Bruce and Carl Stultz as they fire up the grill, share reflections about their faith, and tell stories about cooking and sharing food with each other and their church family. Roger, Bruce and Carl, the sons of the late Owen and Flemmie Stultz, are members of the Summerdean COB.   The event will be held at the Summerdean Church of the Brethren and will begin at 6 p.m.  Participants will grill, eat, share, reflect, and relax together on this first Friday of June.  This event is being hosted by the Virlina District Spiritual Development Retreat Committee.  To register please call or email the District Resource Center: (540) 362-1816;  The cost of the event is $10.00.  This can be paid on the night of the event or prior by sending a check made payable to "Virlina District" to the Virlina District Resource Center, 3402 Plantation Road NE, Roanoke, VA 24012.  Please let us know you are coming by Friday, May 25, so that we have enough food.  Click here to download the registration form/flyer.

NATIONAL YOUTH CONFERENCE (NYC) – JULY 21-26, 2018  (Click Title for more information)

Participants in National Youth Conference (NYC) 2018 will focus on the theme “Bound Together: Clothed in Christ.” The scriptural theme is from Colossians 3:12-15: “As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.”  Kelsey Murray is the 2018 NYC coordinator and Carol Elmore (Virlina District) is an advisor on the National Youth Cabinet.

NYC will take place July 21-26, 2018, in Fort Collins, Colorado.  The event is for youth who have completed ninth grade through one year of college at the time of NYC (or are age equivalent to this range) and their advisors. (Information from Newsline for March 18, 2017)

Virlina's taking buses!  For more information, contact Mary St. John at 540-362-1816.

Check out the District's Youth Facebook Page to stay up to date on our trip plans!


Chances are that you know someone who has adopted, is adopted, or might be thinking about adoption. On August 18 at Copper Hill Church of the Brethren, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., we will gather to hear, tell, and learn from adoption stories.  The conversation will focus around these questions: Why adopt?  How does one adopt?  What do I wish I knew before adopting?  What is adoption like for the child being adopted?  What are the joys of adoption?  The challenges?  What do I wish my pastor/congregation knew?  Lunch will be prepared by the Copper Hill Youth Group (donations requested).  This event is free, however we ask that you register so we will have a count for the meal and childcare.  Please register by August 10.  Registration forms will be available in May so check back soon!

“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.  Click here for registration information.


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 $8.50.  To learn more or request an authorization form for a background check, contact Tabitha (540) 362-1816 or <>.


Ever wondered about the work that hospice volunteers do?  Carilion Clinic Hospice would treasure more volunteers to provide occasional relief support to our hospice families.  Founded in 1980, Carilion Roanoke Hospice was the first hospice in Roanoke.  Ever since then our trained and dedicated volunteers have offered practical and emotional support to terminally ill patients and their families.  Our volunteer training provides information about the many aspects of the dying process and the various ways to assist the dying through their end of life journey.  Many of our graduates find the training itself a transforming experience.  There is no obligation to volunteer upon completion of the training.  Call Sue Huntington (540) 224-4795 for information about our Monday afternoon classes starting April 2.


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.

Ecuadorian Amazon – Deep Jungle  (May 26 – June 2)  Leaders: Delio, David Radcliff, Dr. Dustin Wilgers Cost: $900 ($825—student) (plus airfare to and from Quito)  Head deep into the Amazon Rainforest to the Yasuni National Park—one of the most biodiverse – and threatened – spots on earth. Explore the rainforest, guided by Siona shaman Delio; see monkeys, birds, pink dolphins, the ceiba tree (“Spirit Tree”)—maybe even a jaguar; observe the impacts of oil drilling and ranching; visit indigenous Waorani and Sequoia native communities; accommodations in tents while in the forest. 

Diné (Navajo) Reservation, New Mexico (June 17-24) Leaders: Jim Therrien, David RadcliffCost: $175 (student $125)  Experience the beauty of and challenges facing the land and people on the Diné reservation. Help with work projects in this native community northwest of Albuquerque; join with youth and elders to learn handcraft skills; learn about the history of the Diné, including boarding schools and The Long Walk. Explore current social issues, spiritual practices and the impacts of fracking; see local artists at work; visit nearby Chaco Culture NHP.

Dominican Republic: July 2-11 Leaders: Bartolo Incarnacion, Tom Benevento  Cost: $525 ($450 - students)  The Dominican Republic is best known for its emerald blue oceans, white sandy beaches and beautiful all inclusive resorts, but NCP will take you to a different side of that world. Live in a Batey community, learning about life for poor and marginalized immigrant Haitian/Dominican sugarcane workers who earn less than a dollar a day; explore environmental issues of the Caribbean region including deforestation, water scarcity, and the direct impacts of the climate crisis. See community development projects in action, learn from inspiring local activists, and get your hands dirty working alongside villagers to reforest their rugged mountainous homeland, creating edible forest ecosystems. Stay with village families and sleep on concrete floors in remote places.

Denali/Kenai Fjords National Parks, Alaska  (July 29 – August 7)  Leader:  David Radcliff Cost: $825 ($675—student) (plus airfare to and from Anchorage) Camp at Savage River campground 15 miles inside the Park; hike along streams and up a nearby peak; see moose, grizzlies, Dall Sheep, a dogsled demonstration, and (if we’re lucky) Denali—the Great One (highest peak in North America); spend a day doing a volunteer work project; explore environmental issues facing Alaska. In Seward on the SE coast take a day-long fjords cruise to observe whales, walruses, seabirds, and a glacier; visit a sea life center; stay (indoors!) in a cozy hostel.

Arctic Village, Alaska August 7-15   Leaders: Charlie Swaney, David Radcliff  Cost: $875 (plus airfare to and from Fairbanks)  Visit this north-of-the-Arctic Circle community—Gwich’in by birth, caribou by culture. Meet Arctic advocacy groups in Fairbanks: learn about the threat of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the impacts of global warming. Then travel by small plane (included in registration) to Arctic Village. Hike and camp in sight of the Brooks Range, eat traditional foods, experience Gwich’in life and customs, maybe see migrating caribou. Spectacular!

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


The 12th Annual E. J. Smith River Float will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018.  Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Germantown Brick Church to carpool and organize for float.  The float will be from the Grassy Hill and Blue Bend section of Blackwater River and will exit at the Corn property for a picnic. 

This is a fundraiser for Relay for Life.  For more information, contact Ronnie Hale at (540) 334-2077 or/and Steven McBride at (540) 420-6141

upcoming credentialing services



The New Covenant Church of the Brethren, in Chesterfield County, Virginia, has 16 choir stoles available for free to anyone that can use them. They are gold satin on one side and white satin on the other. If anyone is interested we will be happy to mail them to you. Contact Stephanie Connelly at<> or call (804)216-0448.




The World Hunger Walk will be April 22 starting at 3:00 p.m. from Antioch.  In addition to the usual course, the 2018 Hunger Walk will include two new routes.  Walkers on these new paths are encouraged to remember those who have served the Hunger Auction activities in the past, but who are no longer with us.  There will be sign up sheets at the registration desk for walkers to record the name of the person in whose memory they walk.  One of the new routes will be from the church to the Antioch Community Park, around the park and back to the church which is about 2.2 miles.  The shortest Memorial Walk will be as many laps as are comfortable around the Antioch Cemetery.  A special invitation is provided to our 80 and 90 year old members to join this walk.  Registration forms are posted on the website at <>.

Upcoming 2018 events:

May 5    Golf Tournament

June 3    Jonathan Emmons Organ Concert

June 9    Bike Ride

Aug 11   35th World Hunger Auction


Summerdean Church of the Brethren has many choir anthems with multiple copies (15-20) that they would like to see used joyfully by other churches.  Please contact Associate Pastor Adam Stultz at (540) 366-6835 or Roger Stultz (Music & Worship) at (540) 563-1493.

Congregational Employment Opportunities

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 <>.






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 

Congregation Date of Love Feast Time of Service
Burks Fork October 14, 2017 7:00 PM
New Bethel October 21, 2017 5:00 PM
Bethlehem October 21, 2017 7:00 PM




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Date Congregation Speaker
September 11-13 Bethel, VA Various Speakers
September 17-19 Troutville, VA Daniel D’Oleo
September 17-20 Oak Grove South, VA Dava C. Hensley
September 24-26 White Rock, VA D. Dewayne Troutt
September 24-27 Red Oak Grove, VA Ronald Coleman
September 24-27 Smith River, VA Roy U. Turpin
October 1-4 New Hope, VA D. Dewayne Troutt
October 1-4 Rocky Mount, 1st, VA Marvin D. Wade
October 1-6 Spruce Run, WV Richard W. Thomas, Sr.
October 2-5 Pulaski, First, VA Russell R. Payne, Jr.
October 8-11 Duncan Chapel, VA Wes Conner
October 8-11 Mount Hermon, VA Josh Cokendolpher
October 15-18 Eden, First, NC Timothy P. Harvey
October 15-20 Beaver Creek, VA Franklin D. Peters
October 22-25 Collinsville, VA Stafford C. Frederick
October 22-25 Masons Cove, VA Tabitha H. Rudy