The United Methodist Church
Virginia Conference

Ministries & Missions

                                           Valley Ridge District Ministries and Missions

Alta Mons

Alta Mons is a year-round camp and retreat facility conveniently located between Roanoke and Christiansburg, a place where you can encounter God in the great outdoors. From day hikes to Stiles Falls to week-long retreats or summer camp, Alta Mons and its 850 acres has something for everyone.  Read their most recent impact report HERE.

Alta Mons: Camp and Retreat Center
2842 Crockett Springs Road
Shawsville, VA 24162
Phone 540-268-2409
FAX 540-268-9503

Board of Missions and Church Extension of the Roanoke District

The Board of Mission and Church Extension of The Roanoke District Virginia Conference of the Methodist Church was formed in 1948 for the purpose of organization of schools, aid of weak churches, acquisition of real estate and building new churches, promotion of social works, and support of mission and institutions for the relief of those in need.  As times and church structure have changed the Board of Missions and Church Extension of the Roanoke District, Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church retains these core objectives and is the vehicle for supporting local churches and community organizations that fill those objectives.  Traditionally grant applications are received once a year in January for all programs and projects and are reviewed by the Executive committee.  Recommendations are then voted on at an Annual Meeting in March. The Board of Missions members consist of one lay and one clergy representative from each charge.

Roanoke District Board of Missions and Church Extension
4502 Starkey Road SW, Suite 101
Roanoke, VA 24018-8538

Board of Missions of the Staunton District

Now in its second half centry of ministry the work of the Staunton District Board of Missions is funded from apportionments and was formed to provide support for local churches and ministries through a process of approving grants and loans for their programming. Traditionally grant applications are received and review quarterly for all programs and projects and are reviewed by the Board of Mission Managers.  

Staunton District Board of Missions
26 Orr DriveRoanoke, VA 24018-8538
Fishersville, VA 22939  

Builder's Club of the Roanoke District

The goal of the Builder's Club is to help build, expand and renovate church facilities in the Roanoke District. Each Builder's Club member is asked to commit to responding to calls for contributions, with two calls per year approved by the Board of Missions of the Roanoke District. The commitment can be changed or canceled at any time. A detailed brochure is available HERE

UMC Roanoke District Office - BUILDER'S CLUB
4502 Starkey Road SW - Ste 101
Roanoke, VA 24018-8538

Camp Overlook

Overlook is located at the base of the scenic Massanutten Mountains just north of Harrisonburg, VA.   Its 161 acres command a panoramic view of the Shenandoah Valley and border the peaceful woodland of George Washington National Forest.  Hiking trails, mountain streams, fields, and a beautiful lake reveal God's glory through His creation.

Overlook Retreat and Camp Ministries
23014 Camp Overlook Lane
Keezletown, VA 22832
Phone 540-269-2267

Common Table Roanoke District

The Common Table serves to coordinate and prioritize the ministries and resources of the Roanoke District. The table image reminds us of the community gathered around the Lord's Table. We gather in our rich diversity around a common vision and mission. The Roanoke District Common Table includes teams of clergy and laity that focus on Leadership Development, Ministry with Young People, Mission and Justice, and Communications. Current leaders are listed on our District Leadership page.

Community College Ministries (CCM)

CCM is a college, church, and community partnership for enrichment and service - United Methodist, Presbyterian (PCUSA), and other churches working alongside colleagues at New River, Virginia Western, Danville, Patrick Henry, Central Virginia, Dabney Lancaster, Blue Ridge, Virginia Highlands, Mountain Empire, Southwest Virginia, and Wytheville Community Colleges in Virginia.

Rev. Stephen Darr, Campus Minister
620 N. Main Street, Suite 306
Blacksburg, VA  24060

Embrace Waynesboro

Former Wayne Hills United Methodist Church is now  'Embrace Waynesboro' - a community center! One of the initiatives and outreach of this up and coming center is a community garden. We are people who believe that everyone has a place at God’s table, that grace is best shared face to face, and that love is a verb demanding our action. To that end, we view the church building from which we serve as a tool box, one provided in order to equip ourselves and our community to love well. The people of Embrace are committed to wise use of all of our resources so that the message of grace and peace is spread throughout our city.  

Rev. Jenelle Watson, Director

932 Fir Street
Waynesboro, VA 22980
Phone: (540) 552-2827


Hermitage Roanoke

Since 1964, Hermitage Roanoke has been a Continuing Care Retirement Community and is part of Pinnacle Living, formerly known as Virginia United Methodist Homes.

Hermitage Roanoke
1009 Old Country Club Road, NW
Roanoke, VA 24017
Phone: 540-767-6800

Kids Soar 

Kids Soar, formerly known as Community Outreach Program of Roanoke (COP), is a direct-service provider for children and youth of poverty in inner-city Roanoke. It addresses basic needs of poverty such as food and clothing, and provides a safe environment for children and youths in dealing with issues of violence, racism, drug and alcohol abuse. Kids Soar would not be here today if it weren't for the United Methodist Women of Trinity United Methodist Church who founded the organization in 1989. A video about the mission of Kids Soar.

Kids Soar
Candace Hess, Executive Director
305 Mountain Avenue
Roanoke, VA 24016

Scouting and Civic Youth Ministry

The United Methodist Church works directly with four youth agency programs: Big Brothers, Big Sisters; Boy Scouts of America, Camp Fire USA; and Girl Scouts of the USA.  These agencies offer a unique opportunity to minister to young people.

Second Mile Club

The formation of the Staunton District Second Mile Club began in November 1973 by some far-sighted and generous Laity. These men and women saw the Second Mile Club as an opportunity for the laity throughout the district to execute a ministry of generosity in support of the Board of Missions.  When you donate to the Second Mile Club you provide funds which enable the Board of Missions to provide grants and/or no-interest loans to District churches that have building repair emergencies, need start-up cost for new program ministries, or critical needs to help with local disaster relief. In June 1999, the Staunton District received a generous bequest from the estate of Carroll H. Palmer. His wish was the money he left the Church would go to help Children and Youth grow in their faith. We accomplish this by offering scholarships for young people to attend the many District and Conference events that are offered to them. We can also help our local churches finance programs targeted to Children and Youth.  CLICK HERE to find out more about the Second Mile and Palmer bequest.

United Methodist Men

The primary purpose of United Methodist Men is to declare the centrality of Christ in the lives of men and in all their relationships. Accordingly, Virginia Conference United Methodist Men works with District organizations in developing programs to meet the needs and interests of men of all ages.

United Women in Faith (United Methodist Women)

United Methodist Women (UMW) is now doing business as United Women in Faith (UWF) is a supportive, inclusive Christian membership organization where women like you grow spiritually, develop as leaders and serve and work to create a world in which all women, children and youth thrive. United Methodist Women is celebrated as the women's ministry of The United Methodist Church.

Wesley Foundation - Virginia Tech

The Wesley Foundation is a United Methodist campus ministry at Virginia Tech.

Rev. Bret-Ashton Gresham
209 West Roanoke Street
P. O. Box 458
Blacksburg, VA 24063
Phone: (540) 552-2827