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.

S/PPRC & Finance Training Committee Training

All members of Staff/Pastor Parish Relations Committees (S/PPRC) AND Finance Committees are invited to training on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at 7 PM. Workshops will take place simultaneously. Register to receive the ZOOM link and course materials by email. Please share this invitation as you are able. S/PPRC training will be led by Rev. Doug Forrester, Roanoke District Superintendent. Finance training will be led by David Dommisse or Carol Draper from the Virginia Conference Treasurer’s Office.

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2021 Virginia Annual Conference

The 2021 Virginia Annual Conference will be a virtual event June 18-19.  This year’s theme is United as One based on John 17:20-23 (NRSV):

“I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one.  As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.  The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”

Dismantling Racism

Andrew Kissell, jurisdictional president of United Methodist Men (UMM) and a lay member of the Virginia Conference, encourages the UMM to help “by boldly promoting dialogue on race; by becoming allies for change; and by recognizing that as lifelong learners we may be of much greater help when we actively listen to the victims’ stories of hate and exclusion.”  Join the Virginia Conference UMM for a Zoom forum Tuesday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. that will be moderated by Kissell.  Learn more about the event at

The presenters will include:

  • The Rev. Reason Chandler, Jackson St. UMC, Lynchburg
  • The Rev. Brenda Laws, Greenbackville Charge, New Church
  • The Rev. Larry Jent, Grace UMC (Hartwood), Fredericksburg
  • The Rev. Jeff Mickle, Alexandria District Superintendent

Zoom link:
Meeting ID:  898 2460 7164

A video series designed to engage clergy and laity in authentic conversations about race and reconciliation.

Virginia Roots, Race, & Discipleship

On May 29, 2020, Bishop Sharma Lewis asked the question, “When do we as children of God in the second largest annual conference in The United Methodist connection decide to have the crucial conversations and examine our own experiential and inherited stories of race and racism?” The Race and Race Relations Subgroup of the Bishop’s Cabinet began work to help answer that question.

The Virginia Roots, Race, and Discipleship curriculum is a first step to address racism in the Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.  This series includes videos and interviews that acknowledge and document Virginia’s role in forming and continuing race prejudice and racial discrimination embedded in law, customs, and institutions, including the Church.

Videos 4-6 have now been added to the curriculum.  Learn more and access the curriculum and videos at

Bishop Lewis shares sermon for MLK Day

Bishop Lewis recorded this sermon, “Walking By Faith” for a MLK Celebration for St. Stephen’s UMC, Alexandria District, on January 17, 2021. In the sermon, Bishop Lewis reflects on Hebrews 11 and the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.