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

Phone: 540-932-1055 

E-Mail: DonnaDesper@vaumc.org

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

E-Mail: CindyMartin@vaumc.org

Office Hours:  Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM  

From the District Office


Posted: 1 September, 2022 by Rev. J. Douglas Forrester, District Superintendent

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.