Who We Are


Revitalization. New life.

These are words that apply to both downtown Roanoke and the Christian faith.  They speak to something that was (a former way, a history) and something that will be (new energy, creativity, hope).

Central_Church_facade_1In many ways, these words describe our congregation.  We’ve been on this block of downtown Roanoke since 1925.  We were born when “downtown” Roanoke was really the only part of town; we stayed in an era when lots of people and businesses left for the suburbs; we remain in the midst of a new, revitalized downtown.

We are proud of our history.  But we’re more than our history, because part of our ongoing mission is to understand both the gospel message and the present-day challenges and opportunities that are around us.  We understand that while a congregation gathers for worship and study, we are not complete until we venture out into the world around us and build relationships with all kinds of people, inviting them to share the journey of faith with us.

If that sounds exciting to you, then come join us!

You can find us at 416 Church Ave. SW, in downtown Roanoke VA.See Location.



 Frequently Asked Questions

What time are your services?

We meet on Sunday morning at 9:45 for Sunday School, where we offer a variety of Sunday School classes for persons ages birth through 90+. Some of these are age based; others are more topically based (Bible Study, topics of current interest, etc.).

Our worship service is Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. and is largely a traditional service with hymns, organ, and choir, with a good measure of contemporary pieces blended in.

On Wednesday evenings (September – May), we meet for dinner at 5:30 p.m., Bible Study and youth at 6:30 p.m. and Chancel Choir practice at 7:30 p.m. Often, our Bible Study topics follow along with Sunday sermon topics.

Click here for our weekly worship bulletin.

What is Central Church of the Brethren like?

Our church is an enthusiastic, Christ-centered congregation who has an emerging passion for serving our city, especially through our ministries with Highland Park Elementary School and in helping families get back on their feet after difficult economic times. We are people of all ages, some who are new to Central and others who have been members here for 50+ years.

What ministries does Central Church of the Brethren have?

From opportunities for Bible Study, mission-based small groups, and opportunities to serve in the local community, there is something for nearly everyone at Central. Click here for a list of current outreach ministries; click here for our Sunday Night Group.

What about my kids/youth?

We welcome your children to be a part of us! Whether your children will be cared for in the nursery, taught in Sunday School or in the weekly Children’s Story in worship, to our youth group on Wednesday evening, they will be treated with love and care, and challenged to follow Jesus together with the entire congregation.

What is Church of the Brethren?

The Church of the Brethren was founded in 1708 and has a rich heritage. Core values of the denomination focus around peace, service, and a deep sense of community. For additional information about the Church of the Brethren, visit www.brethren.org.