Roanoke District & Virginia Conference News/Events

NMO-UMC is part of the Roanoke District of the Virginia Conference.  The Roanoke District connects sixty-nine United Methodist Churches in Bedford, Botetourt, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Montgomery, and Roanoke Counties and the cities of Roanoke and Salem with the Virginia Annual Conference, The United Methodist Church, and the World in ministry to others on behalf of Jesus Christ.  The Virginia Conference is composed of 16 districts serving over 1,200 local United Methodist congregations across most of the Commonwealth of Virginia-from the Eastern Shore to the New River Valley.

Virginia Conference Lay Servant Academy

The Virginia Conference Lay Servant Academy will be held online Saturday, Aug. 21.  This year’s event will offer both full and half-day classes including the Basic Course, For the Common Good: Discerning & Using Your Spiritual Gifts, Serving 101: Missional Leadership, Discernment & Prayer Through Transition, and Devotional Life & the Wesleyan Tradition (en Espanol).  Classes are designed for equipping laity for the work and mission of each person’s calling.  Instructors include both clergy and laity who are ready to give practical and relevant resources that will be useful in various ministry areas.  This training is available to all laity who feel called to ministry or who currently serve the church and desire to grow in their servant leadership.  Registration is available at  Contact Tianna Durbin, Director of the Lay Servant Academy, at for more info.