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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Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren invites all who are able to attend their annual Men and Women's Conference, which will be held on August 26 from 8:00 a.m. until noon.  Leadership will be offered by Gary and Ann Robertson of the Compassion Church in Axton, VA.  Breakfast will be served 8:00 a.m., followed by gospel music performed by the Hylton Sisters.  Contact Pastor Marvin Wade at (540) 808-5683 to reserve your spot or for more information.


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


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 <>.


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
June 11-14                        Burks Fork, VA                Blonnie Gregory

July 23-27

Pleasant Valley, VA

David K. Shumate

August 20-22

Bethlehem, VA

Todd A. Reed

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 15-20

Beaver Creek, VA

Franklin D. Peters

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.





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The 2017 Practice of Ministry Day will be Saturday, August 5, 8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Summerdean Church (6604 Plantation Road, Roanoke, Virginia).  The theme will be "Addressing Difficult Issues in Pastoral Care."   Leadership for the day will be provided by Bryan Harness, an ordained minister of the Lynchburg Church who serves as a hospital chaplain, and Beth Jarrett, pastor of the Harrisonburg-First Church. CEU credit is available for ordained ministers.  Click on the event title above for the registration form.


The late summer class at the Roanoke Center is HISTORY OF THE CHURCH, taught by Tim Harvey. The Sunday afternoon classes will be held August 6, August 27, September 10 and September 24, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. until 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: 131 Christians Everyone Should Know by Mark Galli; and The Story of Christianity, Volume 1: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation and Volume 2: The Reformation to the Present Day, both written by Justo L. Gonzalez. 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 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.


The late summer class at the Southern Center will be INTRODUCTION TO PASTORAL CARE,taught by Andrew “Drew” Purcell. These Saturday classes will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on August 12, August 26, September 9 and September 23, 2017 at the Coulson Church of the Brethren, 4127 Coulson Church Road, Hillsville, VA  24343. The registration deadline is July 29, 2017. The required textbooks are Pastoral Care: An Essential Guide by John Patten (Abingdon Press), Hearing Beyond the Words: How to Become a Listening Pastor by Emma J. Justes (Abingdon Press) and For All Who Minister (Brethren Press). All registration form and tuition checks should be mailed to Sue Morris at P.O. Box 8, Copper Hill, VA  24079.  Questions?  Call Sue at (540) 651-8331 or (540) 250-2741. CEU credit is available for ordained ministers who choose to audit CGI classes.


Global Mission and Service seeks more participants to join the August workcamp in Nigeria, working on a construction project together with members of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). The workcamp is scheduled forAugust 17 through September 3. More information can be found at More information about the Nigeria workcamps may be found at <>.


Golfers and sponsors are needed on Wednesday, August 23 at the Botetourt Golf Club for our 2017 Golf Tournament and Banquet.  Tee off is at 12:45 p.m. The $70 per person cost includes green fees, cart and dinner at camp.  Become a Tournament Sponsor and provide much-needed support for our summer camp programs!  <>


Join the inaugural Camp Bethel PEP! 5K Trail Run/Fun Walk fundraiser! Funds raised will help us purchase a new (used) Maintenance Truck.  The $30 Participant Fee includes fully stocked water/aid stations, a race t-shirt, post-race snacks, prizes, fun and fellowship. Registration is from 7:00 until 7:45 a.m. with an 8:00 a.m. start time.  For more information go to: <>.


Inspiration 2017, the National Older Adult Conference (NOAC), is a spirit filled gathering of those 50+.  The theme will be “Generations” from Psalm 145:4, “One generation shall laud God’s works to another and shall declare God’s mighty acts.”   NOAC will be held September 4-8 at Lake Junaluska Conference Center in Western North Carolina.  For more information or to register, go to the website, <>.

NOAC leadership will include:  Bible Studies - Stephen Reid, Preachers -Rodger Nishioka, Susan Boyer, and Wendy McFadden, and Kenote Speakers - Missy Buchanan, Jim Wallis, and Peggy Reiff Miller. In addition to Bible study, worship, and presentations, there are many activities, service projects, meals, fellowship times and ice cream socials.

Bus transportation will be available from two districts with stops in Roanoke: from the Mid-Atlantic District bus contact Pat Ecker at (410) 871-0765 or at <> or from Shenandoah District contact Sandy Kinsey at (540-234-8555 or at <>.


"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.


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).

"Justice Like Water" Intercultural Retreat

Hosted by  the New Church Development Committee, this event will be held at the W.E. Skelton 4H Center from October 20-22.  Information forthcoming.


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).