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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The New Covenant Church of the Brethren, in Chesterfield County, Virginia, has 16 choir stoles available for free to anyone that can use them. They are gold satin on one side and white satin on the other. If anyone is interested we will be happy to mail them to you. Contact Stephanie Connelly at<> or call (804)216-0448.


Awakening 2018 will take place at the Oak Grove Church of the Brethren (2138 McVitty Road, Roanoke, Virginia) on March 18-21, 2018. Services begin each evening with a hymn sing at 6:45 p.m. and worship beginning at 7:00 p.m. The theme is "Letting Go of Our Nightmare, Taking Hold of God's Dream" presented by Christopher Bowman. Brother Bowman was Moderator of Annual Conference in 2004 and is pastor of the Manassas Church of the Brethren in northern Virginia.

In addition to the evening services, Bible Studies will be held by Brother Bowman each morning, Monday through Wednesday, from 9:00 until 11:00 a.m. The study on Monday will be held at the Peters Creek Church, on Tuesday at the Roanoke-Central Church and on Wednesday at the Vinton Church. Each of these will feature a light breakfast at 8:30 a.m. prior to the study.  


The Williamson Road Church invites you to attend our Tenebrae Service, Witness the Darkness, and Magnify the Light,  at 7:00 p.m. on Good Friday, March 30.  Please join us for an enormously powerful emotional journey, through drama, music, and readings from Psalms, Prophets, and all four Gospel writers. Unleash your imagination listening as the stories carry us to the cross, the lights dim, and we pause in total darkness, preparing our spirits to rejoice together with our resurrected Savior on Easter morning!

Lenten Services in Henry County - all start at 7:00 pm

Sunday, March 11 - Maynard Baker will speak at New Hope COB.

Sunday, March 18 - Rick Randall will speak at Mount Hermon COB.

Sunday, March 25 - Noel Naff will speak at Bassett COB.




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.

Congregational Employment Opportunities

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.

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 <>.


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
Burks Fork October 14, 2017 7:00 PM
New Bethel October 21, 2017 5:00 PM
Bethlehem October 21, 2017 7:00 PM




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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


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The Northern Area Ministers of the Virlina District will meet on Monday, March 5, 2018 at Camp Bethel at 8:30 a.m. The meal for this meeting will be $7.00. The program will be presented by Barry S. LeNoir, Camp Bethel Director. Ministers attending will receive .1 CEU.  Please notify Barry if you will be able to attend:


The Junior High Youth Retreat will be held Friday, March 2 - Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Camp Bethel.  Join other youth in grades 6-8 at Camp for a fun and spirit-filled retreat.  Jenna Stacy, Program Coordinator at Camp Bethel, will lead the retreat.  Information, including registration forms, were mailed to congregations.  Camp Bethel is handling registration and payment.  Information can be found at <>; and <>.  The cost of the retreat is $15.00 per person.  Registrations are due on February 26, 2018.

“White Privilege- Let’s Talk: A Resource for Transformational Dialogue”

The Virlina District Peace Affairs Committee (part of the Commission on Witness) invites you to participate in an ongoing Sacred Conversation on Race. The focus will be on White Privilege and its manifestations and impact. The six-session series, entitled “White Privilege- Let’s Talk: A Resource for Transformational Dialogue,” will meet on Monday, March 5, 12, 26 and April 2, 9, and 16 from 7:00-9:00 p.m at the Virlina District Resource Center (3402 Plantation Road, NE, Roanoke, VA 24012-3732).

Continuing Education Units (.9 CEUs) for $10, through the Brethren Academy are available for those who register for CEUs and complete the entire course (participant information and fees will be collected at the first session - contact Eric Anspaugh for more information about CEUs -

The curriculum is published by the United Church of Christ and is designed to help white people to see and understand how white privilege functions in the United States. The curriculum’s introduction states, “If you are a person of color in America, the seeing of privilege is inescapable. If you are white, you have most likely not been conditioned to even look for, much less see, where your privilege functions.”

Each session will include a time of coming together to:

  • set the tone for the conversation
  • discussing the printed material for the session
  • watching and listening to media to engage together
  • discussion questions and related activities
  • a blessing and sending forth which includes a handout to help prepare for the next session

The curriculum is centered on story: the stories of the writers as well as the participants. As a part of the curriculum, each participant will be composing a spiritual biography written through the lens of race. Since the focus of the course is on white privilege, persons of all racial and ethnic identities are welcome.

Due to the curriculum content and space requirements, the class will be limited to the first 20 registrants. Please register by contacting Tabitha Rudy, Interim Associate District Executive Minister, at 540-362-1816 or  Registration closes on Friday, March 2. Class participants are required to download and print their own reading material from


Pilgrimage XXII will be held March 16-18, 2018, at Camp Bethel.  People from 59 congregations in our district have attended this event which is a spiritual retreat for adults of all ages.  It is for the young and old, for the new Christian and the one who has been a Christian for decades.  Pilgrimage is for everyone because no matter where a person is on his or her faith journey, it is always good to take another step and draw closer to God.  The basic structure of the weekend is the same each year with talks, small groups, fun times, inspiring worship services, and much more.  Yet God continues to work in wonderful ways through this ministry, and we give Him all praise and honor!  The only way to truly understand what Pilgrimage has to offer is to experience it.  Prayerfully consider if this is your year to attend.  If you would like more information, please contact Karen Haynes at (336) 765-5263 or <> or go to <>


The Southern Area Ministers of the Virlina District will meet on Monday, March 20, 2018 at the Boones Chapel Church of the Brethren at 6 p.m. Please notify Mike Gallimore, pastor of the Boones Chapel Church of your planned attendance by calling him at (540) 576-2779. The church will be grateful for a forecast of the approximate attendance.


Roundtable will be held April 6-8, 2018 at Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, VA. The speaker will be Marcus Harden from the Atlantic Southeast District. The Friday night entertainment will be Carnival. This event is planned by the Interdistrict Youth Cabinet. For more information e-mail <> or visit website at <>.


When is it?  Friday, April 20th; 2-4 p.m.

Where is it happening?  Camp Bethel

Who should come?  Ministers and congregational leaders interested in how we are called to call others into ministry.

What will happen?  The Calling the Called committee is sponsoring this pre-conference event entitled Creating a Culture of Call.  Led by Nancy Sollenberger Heishman (Director of the Office of Ministry) is intended to help congregations consider how they may maintain a steady focus of identifying, calling, and training pastoral leadership from within their own congregations.  How many of our future church leaders are currently sitting in our pews?

How much is it?  $10 per person 

For more information and for registration forms, visit our Calling the Called 2018 page.


Calling the Called: Discernment – Discipleship - Direction, is an event jointly organized by the Shenandoah and Virlina Districts. It is an intentional time away from the routine of life for persons to discern what it means to be called by God to the set-apart ministry. 

Whether you are someone actively exploring the possibility of ministry or someone unsure of God’s calling this will be a helpful time of discernment and discovery.

Come and hear personal call stories, come and wrestle with biblical call stories, come and learn about the process of entering the set-apart ministry in the Church of the Brethren. Come for worship and fellowship; come and discover what it means to be a people called by God.

Calling the Called: Discernment - Discipleship – Direction will be held beginning at 5 p.m. with registration on Friday, April 20, 2018 through closing at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Camp Bethel. The cost of registration is $50 per person which includes lodging at Camp Bethel, meals, classes and materials. CEU’s will be available for ordained ministers at $10 extra.

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Mark your calendar for the annual Ministry and Mission in Virlina event – Saturday, May 5, 2018.  It will be held at the Collinsville Church of the Brethren. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and worship will start at 9:00 a.m.  Following worship, attendees will have the opportunity to pick from several workshops, some of which will offer CEUs for ministers.  Following lunch, the Annual Conference Delegate Briefing will take place, and will be led by Virlina’s Standing Committee Members and Annual Conference Moderator, Samuel Sarpiya.


The Church of the Brethren’s every-other-year conference on new church development has a new name and a new focus: “New and Renew: Revitalize Plant Grow.” Sponsored by Congregational Life Ministries and held at Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Indiana, the conference is planned for May 16-19. “The Risk and Reward of Embodying Jesus Locally” is the theme.

“Risk. Ask any church planter, and one of the first things they are likely to tell you is that it takes a great deal of risk to enter into the difficult work of planting a new church. God took a risk sending Christ into the world, to move into the neighborhood with us,” explains the description on the event webpage. 

“Come and explore with us the ways that we can do risk well as we go about the work of planting new communities of faith across our country and the world. Share your own experiences of risk in the work of church planting, as well as hearing how others have handled the risks and challenges of this important work.” 

Keynote speakers are Christiana Rice and Orlando Crespo. Rice leads a neighborhood faith community in San Diego, CA, and is a coach and trainer with Thresholds, a community that helps people create spaces of discovery and communities of transformation. With Michael Frost she has co-authored “To Alter Your World: Partnering with God to Rebirth Our Communities.” Crespo helped plant and serves as a founding pastor of New Life in the BronxChurch, and is interim director of Multiethnic Ministries and director of LaFe, Latino Ministries, with Intervarsity. He is author of “Being Latino in Christ.”

Samuel Sarpiya, 2018 Annual Conference moderator and planter of Rockford (IL) Community Church of the Brethren, will be giving a keynote address and a closing sermon drawing on his theme of “Living Parables.”

The conference is organized by staff of Congregational Life Ministries Stan Dueck and Gimbiya Kettering, with help from the Church of the Brethren’s New Church Advisory Committee. Members of the committee include RudyAmaya, Ryan Braught, Steve Gregory, Don Mitchell, Deb Oskin, Nate Polzin, Cesia Salcedo, and Doug Veal.

Cost is $130 for each registration through April 10, or $140 after that date. Current students of Bethany Seminary, the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, and SeBAH-CoB receive a discounted price of $79. Continuing education credit for ordained ministers will be available for an additional $10. Registration does not cover housing costs; attendees are responsible for making theirown housing arrangements. The Virlina District Board’s New Church Development Committee will provide scholartship for members of our new church developments and, as circumstances allow, for others interested in going to this event.


The 2018 Young Adult Conference (YAC) will be held May 25-27 at Camp Brethren Woods, near Keezletown, Virginia.  The theme is "Teach with your life" from I timothy 4:11-16.  YAC offers people ages 18-35 a chance to enjoy fellowship, worship, recreation, Bible study, service projects and more. The registration is $130 which includes food, lodging and programming. Questions? Contact Becky Ullom Naugle in the Youth/Young Adult Ministry Office at <> or (847)429-4385.


Participants in National Youth Conference (NYC) 2018 will focus on the theme “Bound Together: Clothed in Christ.” The scriptural theme is from Colossians 3:12-15: “As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.”  Kelsey Murray is the 2018 NYC coordinator and Carol Elmore (Virlina District) is an advisor on the National Youth Cabinet.

NYC will take place July 21-26, 2018, in Fort Collins, Colorado.  The event is for youth who have completed ninth grade through one year of college at the time of NYC (or are age equivalent to this range) and their advisors. (Information from Newsline for March 18, 2017)

Virlina's taking buses!  For more information, contact Mary St. John at 540-362-1816.

Check out the District's Youth Facebook Page to stay up to date on our trip plans!


Who can go on a trip?  What is a disaster response trip like?  Do I need to be a skilled carpenter or electrician to go?  How can I help children?  The Disaster Response Committee welcomes the opportunity to speak to congregations who want to learn more about Brethren Disaster Ministries.  Contact Virlina's Co-Coordinators, Ed and Susan Mckimmy, by phone (540)354-5345 or e-mail <> to schedule a presentation for your congregation.


The District Resource Center has a large volume of printed resources, including books and periodicals.  We need volunteers to record which resources we have so we can make them more easily accessible for others to borrow.  This would be a great project for youth who are looking for community service or volunteer hours.  Call the office or email Tabitha if you are interested: 95400 362-1816 or <>.