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.

Location: Grandin Court Baptist Church (2660 Brambleton Avenue, Roanoke, Virginia)


For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.   

-1 Corinthians 1:18


~Theme~          ~Schedule~          ~Leadership~          ~Delegate Information~          ~Age Group Activities~          ~Information for Congregations~          ~Meal Reservations~

~Conference Choir Information~          ~Disaster Response Project~        ~Agenda & New Business~         ~About the Location~          ~Exhibits~            ~Wrap Up & Evaluation~



~This year's theme~

Based on 1 Corinthians 1:18, this year's theme, chosen by Moderator Roy Turpin, is "Don't Hide the Cross."  The 2019 District Conference Artwork was created by Bridget Lucas of Signature Designs, who grew up attending Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren in the same close-knit community as Moderator Roy Turpin. Bridget is the granddaughter of Virlina District pastor Hebron Quesenberry.




Ministers & Spouses Dinner:  Registration – 4:30 p.m.; Meal – 5:00 p.m.; Program by Nancy Heishman, Director of Office Of Ministry, CoB General Offices; Childcare provided  (Reserve yours by October 25th)

All-Conference Registration, Hospitality(No meal service at this time.) & Exhibits: 5:00 p.m. – 6:50 p.m.

Hymn Singing and Worship: 7:00 p.m.; Speaker: Dana Cassell, Pastor of Durham, Peace Covenant Church of the Brethren; Childcare provided.

Youth leave for overnight and work project at Camp Bethel – Following Worship.

Young Adult Ice Cream Social – In Hospitality area following Worship

Reception for all in Hospitality Area following Worship



Registration, Hospitality & Exhibits: Opens at 7:30 a.m.; Also during lunch and breaks.

Childcare, Children's Activities & Youth: Childcare (infant-preK): during worship and business; Children (K-5th): Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – end of business; Youth (6th-12th): Friday, 8:30 p.m. – end of business  (Register by October 25th!)

Hymn Singing and Worship: 8:15 a.m.; Speaker: Nancy Heishman, Director of Office of Ministry, Church of the Brethren General Offices

Lunch: 12:00 – 1:15 p.m.; (Reserve your on-site lunch by October 25th. Off-site restaurants optional.)  District Board & Outdoor Ministries Committee reorganize during this time.

Business Sessions: 9:10 a.m. - 12:00 noon & 1:20 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  



Moderator: Roy U. Turpin (Pleasant Valley COB)

Moderator-Elect: Cathy Huffman (Germantown Brick COB)

Clerk: Pamela K. Clark (Peters Creek COB)

~Delegate Information~


Registration Form for Delegates 2019.Virlina DistrictRegistration for delegates closes on September 28th   Registrations are still being accepted.  Please turn in your paper work and payment as soon as possible.


Booklets will be mailed to congregations in October.  Pastors or contact persons are asked to distribute the booklets to the delegates.  Delegates should bring their booklets to conference.  The 2018 District Conference Minutes will be published in the 2019 District Conference Booklet.  We will order books this year based on how many delegates register by the deadline.  A number of booklets will be reserved for non-delegates and office holders.  Parts of the booklet will also be available on here once those pages are finalized.  If you have not yet registered as a delegate, please do so as soon as possible!


~Age Group Activities~

 Click here for the Registration Form. 

Childcare for Infants - Pre-K Children

Childcare will be available for infants and toddlers during Worship and Business Sessions: Friday (November 8) 6:45 - 8:30 p.m.; Saturday (November 9) 8:00 a.m. - 12:10 noon and 1:10 - 4:10 p.m. (or when business ends).  Please fill out the registration form and deliver or mail to the District Resource Center by October 25th.

Activities for Children: Kindergarten – 5th grade

The activities for children are Saturday, November 9, 8:00 a.m. - 4:10 p.m. (or when business ends).  Activities will include a Bible lesson, crafts, recreation, music, lunch and an off-site trip to local fire and rescue stations, as well as a visit with some of the police and fire and rescue vehicles.  Children will need to wear suitable clothing for outdoor play.  Booster/car seats will need to be left with the leaders.  The cost is $7.00, and families with three or more children will pay a $20.00 fee.  Please fill out the registration form and deliver or mail with payment to the District Resource Center by October 25th.

Activities for Junior and Senior High Youth: 6th – 12th grade

Junior and Senior High Youth are invited to attend an overnight trip to Camp Bethel following worship on Friday night.  Chaperones will be needed from each youth group to drive and stay with youth.  Participants will play games, do low ropes, go on a hike, and help rake leaves.  Breakfast and lunch are included.  Please bring appropriate clothes, shoes, gloves, a sleeping bag, toiletries, any other over-night belongings, a rake (if possible), and snacks to share on Friday night. Participants will return to Grandin Court with their advisors by 3:00 p.m.  Youth who cannot make it to Grandin Court Baptist by 8:30 p.m. on Friday can be checked-in at Camp at the Deerfield Gym Conference Room anytime after 9:00 p.m.  The cost is $20.00 per person, or $10.00 per person for Saturday only.  Please fill out the registration form and deliver or mail with payment to the District Resource Center by October 25th.

Young Adults Ice Cream Social

Join other young adults from around the district Friday evening following worship for a discussion with Joy Murray, the New Coordinator of Children, Youth and Young Adults, for specialty ice cream in the hospitality section of the gym. Help plan new and exciting fellowship opportunities for young people of Virlina.  


~Information for Congregations~


Registration for non-delegates will also take place in the foyer of the Ministry Activities Center during the scheduled registration times.  Non-delegates do not have to pre-register unless it’s for the children’s and youth activities.


The Hospitality Area will be located on the lower level near the gym, and will be open while exhibits are open.

2019 Bulletin Insert     blue 03

 ~Meal Reservations~

MINISTERS AND SPOUSES DINNER – Reservation required!

The Ministers and Spouses Dinner will be held on Friday, November 8 in the newly remodeled Hamner Hall at Grandin Court Baptist.  Registration will begin at 4:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 5:00 p.m.  The cost will be $16.00 per person.  Free childcare and pizza will be provided for during the dinner and program.  Country Kitchen of Christiansburg will cater the dinner.  Following dinner, nancy Heishman, Director of Office of Ministry in the Church of the Brethren General Offices, will have the program.  Reserve yours by October 25thMinisters' Meal Form 

LUNCH ON SATURDAY – Reservation required!

The boxed-lunch is catered by the Roanoker Restaurant and the cost is $10.00 per person.  The menu is one chicken breast, one ham biscuit, potato salad, veggie tray and dip on the side, fruit, a brownie and assorted drinks. The reservation forms have been sent to congregations by mail or email.  Meal tickets will be distributed on Friday evening and Saturday morning at the meal ticket table in the registration area.  The deadline for lunch reservations is October 25th.  Lunch Reservation Form


~Conference Choir Information~

There will be no choir this year.  Please consider choir ideas for future conferences and share those thoughts on the Evaluation sheets.


~Disaster Response Project~

Congregations are invited to send Emergency Clean Up Buckets to District Conference. We have several congregations who will put the incomplete buckets together, so you are encouraged to bring any of the items below, or completed buckets to conference.  Please follow these instructions only.  No exceptions or additions are allowed because of shipping regulations.  

EMERGENCY CLEAN UP BUCKETS (Click here for shopping list.)

  • One five-gallon bucket with reseable lid (If bucket has been used, clean well but do not use if it has held chemcals of any kind.)
  • Four scouring pads
  • Seven sponges, including one large
  • One scrub brush
  • Eighteen reusable, lightweight dry cleaning towels (e.g. Handi wipes)
  • One 50 oz. or two 25 oz. bottle(s) of liquid laundry detergent
  • One 16-28 oz. bottle of liquid disinfectant dish soap
  • One 12-16 oz. botle of household cleaner that can be mixed with water (no spray bottles)
  • One package of 48-50 clothespins
  • Clothesline, two 50 ft. or one 100 ft.
  • Five dust masks
  • Two pairs heavy-duty waterproof dishwashing gloves (latex-free, non-surgical)
  • One pair work gloves, cotton with leather palm or all leather
  • 24-28 heavy duty or contractor type 30-45 gallon trash bags on a roll and removed from carton or box
  • One 6-9 oz. bottle of non-aerosol insect repellent

All items must be new. All liquid items must be capped and tightened. Place all items into the bucket, making sure they are packed securely to avoid damage during shipment.  Snap the lid on tight and seal with packing tape.

Each bag is valued at: $75.00

Processing fee: $3.00 per bucket

Please assemble the buckets and bring them to District Conference.  We ask that you also provide the processing fee per kit.  Congregations can write a check made payable to Church World Service and bring that with the buckets in a sealed envelope.  Or, processing fees can be paid online at the CWS page.  We will take care of delivering the kits.

Financial contributions can also be donated to Brethren Disaster Ministries for trips and situations that routinely pop up.  Congregations or individuals wishing to donate money can send checks made payable to the Virlina District (“BDM” in the memo line) and we will send one check to them after District Conference.


~Conference Agenda & Business~ Under construction

Click the following title to view and download the New Business Items for this year's conference: New Business Items

Click the following title to view and download the Agenda: 2019 Virlina District Conference Agenda 


~About the Location~


From I-581, continue on US 220S to the Colonial Avenue/Virginia Western Community College exit.  At the roundabout on Colonial Avenue, turn onto Persinger Road. At the light, turn left onto Brambleton Avenue.  The church building is located on the left after Fishburn Park and before the Coffee Pot restaurant.  Traveling from 419, Electric Road, pass Tanglewood Mall to the Brambleton Avenue interection.  Turn right at the light.  Church is 1 1/2 miles on the right.


Grandin Court Baptist has parking in front of the Ministry Activities Center (to the left of the Sanctuary).  All other spaces are accessible from Brambleton to behind the church across Sweetbrier Avenue. Volunteers will be present to greet and direct you to the right place.


The Exhibit Area will be on the ground floor in the gym. There are elevators provided.  It will be open Friday, from 5:00 p.m. – 6:50 p.m. and following worship, and from 7:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. on Saturday.  Exhibits may be set up after 1:00 p.m. on Friday and should be removed by 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.  To reserve table space, fill out this form:  2019 Exhibit Form

Contact the District Resource Center with questions.


~Wrap Up & Evaluation~

Submit an evaluation through this form:  2019 Evaluation Form

2018 Statistics:

Friday, November 9, 2018

Worship Attendance:            231

Offering Received:       $1,642.26

Ministers & Spouses Dinner:  82 headcount, 90 registered

Youth Outing:                     38 children, 7 advisors

Nursery & Workers:             7 children, 2 workers

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Children’s Program:             13

Offering Received:       $2,148.00

Congregations Represented:  75

Pastors Attending:               65

Delegates Registered:          161

Non-Delegates Registered:    150

Total – Pastors, Delegates, Non-Delegates Registered:      376

To view previous District Conference pages, click here.