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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Is your congregation having a Fall Love Feast?

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
Duncan Chapel September 23, 2017 7:00 PM
Rocky Mount, First September 24, 2017 6:00 PM
Topeco September 30, 2017 7:00 PM
Roanoke, Ninth Street October 1, 2017 12:30 PM
Roanoke, Central October 1, 2017 12:30 PM
Roanoke, First October 1, 2017 5:00 PM
Roanoke, Williamson Road October 1, 2017 12:30 PM
Roanoke, Oak Grove October 1, 2017 5:00 PM
Green Hill October 1, 2017 12:00 PM
Burks Fork October 14, 2017 7:00 PM
New Bethel October 21, 2017 5:00 PM
Bethlehem October 21, 2017 7:00 PM


The Green Hill Church will celebrate 100 years of ministry on Sunday, October 22, 2017.

upcoming credentialing services

Mark Bolt of the Coulson Church will be licensed to the ministry there on Sunday, November 26, 2017.


Save the date: The Renacer Harvest Banquet will be on Saturday, September 23rd at 6:00 p.m. at Summerdean Church of the Brethren (6604 Plantation Road – Renacer’s new location). This year’s Banquet theme is "Gratitude!" We want to thank each of the partner congregations, and individuals, who have supported our ministry through these church planting years. 

Seeking sponsors: Renacer Harvest Banquet is looking for individuals, congregations or businesses who would like to sponsor a table for this year's banquet. We are inviting you to help us underwrite this event by sponsoring tables for the guests of the banquet. Each table will seat 10 guests and may be sponsored for $200.00 each. For an additional $100.00 contribution, you may host a table and receive ten tickets for guests you wish to invite to the banquet. For more information please contact: Daniel D’Oleo at (540) 892-8791 or


A Community Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, September 23 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Germantown Brick Church of the Brethren, 2363 Brick Church Road, Rocky Mount. The sale will benefit Food4Future, a food assistance program for Boones Mill Elementary School. This is the third year that Germantown Brick has sponsored the program, which provides around 30 food packages per week for needy students throughout the school year. Tables are available for $10 or for $5 if you provide your own table. Table renters may keep their profits, but all other proceeds will go toward Food4Future. Food concessions will be available at 10:30 a.m.  For more information, to rent a table, or donate items to sell, call (540) 420-2858.


The Smith Mountain Lake Community Church will have a yard sale on September 29-30. Travel to the lake and reap a harvest of bargains.  The yard sale is open from 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. on both days.  Come early for the best selection.  Donations accepted.  The congregation is located at 6675 Burnt Chimney Road in Wirtz, Virginia. For more information, contact the church at (540) 721-1816.


Crafters, artisans and vendors are needed for the Fall Bazaar on Saturday, October 21st at Peters Creek Church of the Brethren. The deadline to register for this will be August 26th. Please contact Doris at (540) 389-6609 to register or for more information.


Don Shire, internationally known trumpeter and recording artist, will be in concert on October 22, 2017 at Topeco Church of the Brethren. Don appears frequently on Christian TV and radio and is regarded by many as one of the finest Christian trumpet players in the United States. His concert tours and mission outreach have taken him to 34 countries worldwide. He shares stories from his travels, including trips to play his trumpet for primitive tribes living in the bush of Africa and the rain forests of South America.

Don’t miss this concert! No tickets are necessary. No charge at the door. The public is welcome. The concert starts at 6 p.m. Please call (540) 789-7339 for more information. For additional information on Don Shire, please visit


Green Hill Church of the Brethren, located at 2699 Harborwood  Road, Salem, VA 24153 will celebrate its 100th anniversary on Sunday October 22, 2017. The worship service will begin at 10:45 a.m.with David K. Shumate, District Executive Minister, speaking and former pastors participating. J.R. Cannaday will be the guest organist. A pot luck meal will follow the service. An informal program will be held in the afternoon featuring former members, including Bill Kinzie and  David Tate, who will perform musical selections and share from their past experiences at Green Hill.


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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


  • WORLD HUNGER WALK *RESCHEDULED*: The World Hunger Walk has been rescheduled for Sunday, September 24 at 3:00 p.m. It will begin in the Antioch Church parking lot located at 2996 Callaway Road, Rocky Mount, VA. Again this year, there will be a match of $100 for youth under 18 years old who come to registration with that amount in donations.  All ages are encouraged to join in the effort, but it is a special opportunity for  youth groups to make an impact.  We were blessed with many inches of rain on the original walk date. We look forward to blessings raining down as we walk and fellowship together in September. 
  • WORLD HUNGER AUCTION: Saturday, August 12, 2017 starting at 9:30AM - The culmination to our year of fund-raising activities, the World Hunger Auction, is held each August at Antioch Church of the Brethren in Rocky Mount, VA. The auction includes the sale of crafts, quilts, toys, produce, baked and canned goods, special services and much more. Come early for the best selection. Let the highest bidder win, for doing what we can opens the door for God to do much more.



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.


A member of Wakefield Chapel is in dire need of a van.  She needs it for personal use as well as being able to pick up others to take to church.  It doesn't have to be in tip top shape.  Pastor Sam Ellis can make some repairs if needed.  Please prayerfully consider this need and you will be blessed by your donation.  For more information you may contact Pastor Sam by email

Congregational Employment Opportunities

Cloverdale Church of the Brethren has a part-time secretarial position available, with responsibilities including bulletin, newsletter, directory and document production, telephone and electronic communications, and administrative support of other staff and church groups.  Computer proficiency (Word, Excel, Publisher, Website) and personable interaction with members and the public expected.  To apply, please submit a resume to the pastor by e-mail to

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.

The Roanoke, Summerdean Church is seeking a Music Director/Coordinator. Keyboard/piano musicians are also needed. These are part-time positions. Anyone interested can contact the church office at (540) 366-6835 or Wanda Flora (540) 915-0587.

Music Director needed for Green Hill Church of the Brethren. Responsibilities include leading the congregational singing at Sunday morning worship services, weekly choir practice and seasonal music performances. Experience with hand chimes helpful. Salary is negotiable. Send resume to Green Hill Church of the Brethren, 2699 Harborwood Rd., Salem VA. Attention: K. Brown.

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 <>.


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We will receive offerings from our congregations to underwrite denominational efforts in response to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Please send your congregation’s check to us (Virlina District Resource Center – 3402 Plantation Road, NE, Roanoke, VA 24012) with the following inscription on the memo line: “Harvey Offering – Account #33507.” As of September 14, 2017, we have received $12,079.00 from twelve congregations and four households.


"Created to Create," a spiritual development retreat, will take place on Saturday. September 30, in the House of Pillars at Camp Bethel.  The scripture focus will be Isaiah 64:8 (NRSV), "Yet, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand." Stephanie L. Connelly, artist, former Pilgrimage Retreat Coordinator, and member of the New Covenant Church of the Brethren, will be the retreat leader.  A flyer with details and registration form has been sent to your pastor or you may click on the event title above to get more information.


Please encourage everyone in your church to participate and help in this vitally important fund raiser for Camp Bethel.  Tell your friends and help us advertise.  Heritage Day forms, fliers and information are available at <>, or from your Pastor or Camp Representative.


The fall/winter class for the Roanoke Center will be EVANGELISM & OUTREACH taught by Dava Hensley. Classes will be held on the following Sunday afternoons: October 8, October 29, November 19, and December 3, 2017. Each session will be held from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the District Resource Center, 3402 Plantation Road, NE, Roanoke, VA. Tuition for the class is $75.00 and students are responsible for purchasing the required textbooks which are:  Biblical Perspectives on Evangelism by Walter Bruggemann, Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1993; Introducing the Missional Church by Alan J. Roxburgh and M. Scott Boren, 2009; and Irresistible Evangelism by Steve Sjogren, Dave Ping, and Doug Polluck, 2004. For more information or to obtain an application please contact Judy Mills, Center Coordinator - Phone: (540) 992-1980, E-mail: <>.  Make checks payable to VIRLINA DISTRICT and mail with registration to: Judy Mills, Roanoke Center Coordinator, 2805 Nace Rd, Fincastle, VA 24090-4515. CEU credit is available for ordained ministers who choose to audit CGI classes.


Biblical Interpretation is the next course to be offered by the Southern Center of the Christian Growth Institute. The sessions for this course will be held at the Coulson Church of the Brethren located at 4127 Coulson Church Road, Hillsville, VA 24343. The Coulson Church is just off of Exit 19 of I-77. The instructor for this course will be Ed Woodard. Brother Ed is the interim pastor of the Smith Mountain Lake Community Church of the Brethren and was the longtime pastor of the Oak Grove Church in Roanoke, Virginia.

The course sessions will be held on the following Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.: October 14, October 28, November 4 and November 18, 2017. The current registration deadline is September 23, 2017. Textbooks for this course are: Genesis by Gerhard Von Rad (Westminster Press), Epistle to the Romans by C.K. Barrett (Harper & Row), The Good News According to Mark, by Eduard Schweizer (John Knox Press) and an optional resource, Hearing the New Testament – Strategies for Interpretation by Joel Green (Eerdmans Publishing). Registration forms are available from Sue Morris by calling her at (540) 651-8331 or (540) 250-2741, by U.S. Mail at P.O. Box 8, Copper Hill, Virginia 24079 or by e-mail at <>.


Our Brethren Heritage bus tour is planned for Saturday, October 14, 2017. This year’s fall foliage outing is entitled “Churches in the Sky” and will include visits to a number of North Carolina and Virginia congregations in Southeastern and Virlina Districts. Among those visited will be New Haven, Mount Carmel, Peak Creek, Little Pine, Shelton and Saint Paul. Several historical presentations will be a part of this tour and continuing education credits will be available for ordained ministers.

The cost, including the luncheon meal and refreshments, is $39.99. The tour will depart from the District Resource Center in Roanoke and may make an intermediate stop in the Christiansburg or Dublin-areas if demand warrants. The luncheon meal will be available at the Peak Creek Church as they are having their annual Fall Festival that day! Please contact Betty M. Wills at the District Resource Center to reserve your spot and make your check out to Virlina District Board – Church of the Brethren (put “Heritage Tour” in memo spot).


The Northern Area Women – Virlina District Fall Meeting – “Opening Doors in Your Community” will be Tuesday, October 17th at Camp Bethel. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., with the program beginning at 10:00 a.m. Following 1 Peter 4:10, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace”, several of our congregations will tell how they reach out to their communities as they serve the Lord. A LOVE OFFERING WILL BE TAKEN FOR THE RENACER CHURCH OUTREACH PROGRAMS.

We will also have a short business meeting which includes voting on our revised Bylaws.

Flyers and registration information are being sent to each Northern Area Women’s contact person in each congregation. Lunch will be available for $10.00. Checks are payable to Northern Area Women-Virlina District. Registration and checks may be sent to Shirley Basham, 5644 Capito Street, Roanoke, VA. 24019. Registration deadline is September 29.  You may request flyer and registration form by contacting Gwen Kropff, (540) 761-8672. Come and join us for a day of inspiration and sharing!

New Church Development Retreat - October 20-22, 2017

"Justice Like Water" is the theme for the Virlina District New Church Development Retreat to be held October 20-22, 2017 at the W.E Skelton 4-H Center in Wirtz, VA. This retreat will be examining issues of racism in the church with special emphasis on church planting and evangelism. Sharing about racism is especially relevant in our current context. Be inspired, encouraged and motivated with other brothers and sisters longing to grow and help others. The sessions will be led by Gimbiya Kettering, Director of Intercultural Ministry for the Church of the Brethren.

After everything that has happened this summer, it can be hard to believe that just four years ago, we gathered to talk about intercultural ministries as the wider nation was marking an era often described as “post-racial”. We dreamed together of a multicultural church and work up to a nightmare as the nation was rocked by successive waves of racially motivated violence: shootings of unarmed black Americans by police officers and citizen, by the shooting of a Bible study group in their church by a young man intending to start a race riot, the shooting of police offers by citizen, by the increase in hate crimes ranging from graffiti to beatings and murder, rallies of people carrying Nazi flags, and repeated protests in response to all of this. The pundits and politicians continually speak up about what it means –and are getting it wrong over and over. In times such as this, what is the role of Christians? How does the Church equip its members to a vision of justice rolling down like water while also bringing good news to all flesh? What are the commandments and call in the Word for our generation?

Join a small group retreat for a time visioning and revival about the unique role of Christians in these divided times. As the conversation in the wider culture largely consists of people on our screens telling us to think, church is one of the few places where people can come together to learn and remember with the Scriptures, wrestling with our own sin, and being anointed to set forth in this divided empire. This time is open to pastors as well as lay leaders, deacons, congregation members, family and friends who want to find ways to pray and work together in our churches and the wider world where God has called us.

Lodging is available at the center with three meals included. The cost is $150.00 (double room for 2 nights), $110.00 (double room for 1 night), $135.00 (single room 1 night), $210.00 (single room for 2 nights), $80.00 (commuter for 2 days). Meals are included with registration and special consideration will be made for those with food allergies. Participation is welcome and encouraged from all of our congregations, fellowships and projects.

For more information or to request a brochure, please contact Anne Mitchell at (540) 345-5030 or <>.    Download a brochure / registration form here!


Join us on the morning of Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Williamson Road Church for a training event focused on ministering to children.  Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the program will last from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Members of the Children's Cabinet of the Virlina District Nurture Commission will present on ways to minister to children during Sunday School, Children's Church/Chapel, Worship and through Community Outreach.  Light refreshments will be provided.  Download a flyer/bulletin insert here: Children's Ministry in Action Insert Registration for the event is requested.  Call the DRC or fill out the registration form to let us know you are coming: Children's Ministry in Action Registration Form


The annual Disaster Response Volunteer Appreciation Dinner will be held on the evening of Sunday, October 22 at the Germantown Brick Church of the Brethren.  Invitations have been mailed to volunteers, but all persons interested in disaster response or those who have supported disaster response through making kits, giving financially, or by praying are invited to attend.  2016-2017 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 email  Please respond by Friday, October 13th.


We send you greetings from sunny and warm Columbia, SC!  We are very grateful for the many of you that have already served alongside us as we partner with many other agencies in the continuing recovery efforts from the 2015 storms.  Without your faithful service to this ministry, we would not be able to assist our clients in returning to safe, sanitary and secure homes.  THANK YOU!

We would like to make you aware of several volunteer opportunities we have available in SC, at the new Eureka, MO project and at the current DRSI project:

Nov 5-11 – Project 1/TBD – 15 spots -  If you are interested in this week please be in contact with Jenn Dorsch at <> or (410) 635-8737

The Disaster Recovery Support Initiative (DRSI) deployed a team to Ottawa and Naplate, IL in response to the Feb. 28 EF3 Tornado, which left 68 nursing home patients homeless and approximately 600 homes damaged. This team is part of a pilot partnership with the Church of the Brethren, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries. Since being invited into the community, the team has been supporting the Long-Term Recovery Group formation as the community is planning their recovery.

The community is now at a point where a few cases have been through case management and have funding that is approved to pay for the materials. The next step is to find volunteers to help with the work! We are currently searching for volunteers who might be able to help with the construction labor to begin work on repairing a few survivors’ homes in Ottawa, IL. This will not be a typical BDM site but is a way to help jump start the beginning of rebuilding sooner and no construction experience is required.

Starting now, the three denominations are looking for any length of time volunteers are available even if it is only for a day or two from more local volunteers. Housing, tools and construction materials and leadership will be provided for volunteers connected with BDM. Volunteers will need to cover their own transportation and food while serving. For more information or to sign up to help, please contact Tim Sheaffer at <> or (717) 713-3834.

Again, we thank you for all you do to support this very vital ministry!  We can not do it without you!!  We look forward to hearing from you and serving with you!!   


Christiana Rice will be a keynote speaker and presenter at the Church Planting Conference hosted at Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Ind., on May 16-19, 2018. The conference is sponsored by the Church of the Brethren Congregational Life Ministries.

The conference theme is “The Risk and Reward of Embodying Jesus Locally,” with the conference  text from John 1:14a.

Christiana Rice is an on-the-ground practitioner and visionary voice in the missional movement, serving as a coach and trainer with Thresholds <>, a community that helps people create spaces of discovery and communities of transformation. She seeks to participate in God’s restorative mission, leading a neighborhood faith community in San Diego, Calif. She grew up in Tokyo, Japan, a daughter of missionaries to that country. With Michael Frost she has co-authored the book, “To Alter Your World: Partnering with God to Rebirth our Communities.” with Michael Frost (from Newsline of June 8, 2017).