Valley Ridge District of the Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
The Valley Ridge District connects members of 143 United Methodist Churches in Alleghany, Augusta, Bath, Bedford, Botetourt, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Highland, Montgomery, Roanoke, Rockbridge, and Rockingham Counties and the cities and towns of Buena Vista, Clifton Forge, Covington, Lexington, Roanoke, Salem, Staunton, and Waynesboro with the Virginia Annual Conference, the United Methodist Church, and the World in ministry to others on behalf of Christ.
The clergy and laity of the Roanoke and Staunton Districts are supervised by a Conference-appointed District Superintendent. The Virginia Conference is composed of eight districts serving over 1,200 local United Methodist congregations across most of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Virginia Conference Bishop: Sharma D. Lewis
District Superintendent: J. Douglas Forrester
Northern Area Office
Address: 26 Orr Drive, Fisherville, VA 22939
Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM Friday 7:30 - noon
Southern Area Office
Address: 4502 Starkey Road SW, Suite 101, Roanoke, VA 24018-8538
Phone: 540-989-3335 Fax: 540-989-0672
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Growing up, I was an awkward kid. Physically, I grew rather quickly. I was almost six feet tall in the fifth grade. My speaking voice dropped to its current baritone the year prior, and in the sixth grade, my P.E. teacher told me that I looked like a capital letter “L” because my size-twelve feet were so large.
All in all, I was a gangly kid who everyone thought was much older than I actually was. “Act your age!” adults would tell me when I was pretty sure that was exactly what I was doing. I just had not learned to act the age I looked like.