His Grace Bishop Thomas has requested that the diocese be notified about this mission opportunity. Contacts have been made with individuals living in the vicinity of Roanoke and Salem, Virginia, concerning the possibility of an Antiochian mission effort for the surrounding area which would include Franklin and Floyd counties at a minimum. Familiarity with the Roanoke Valley area could include the possibility of widening the mission effort to include the Blacksburg/Christiansburg area (home of VPI—Virginia Tech), centering the mission effort along I-81 between Roanoke and Blacksburg.
It is hoped that an initial meeting with be held with interested families within the next few weeks. Estimation of the number of people involved at the moment is around twenty (20). Fr. Olof Scott, Dean of St. George Cathedral in Charleston, WV, is the primary contact for the diocese. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and by phone, 304-346-0106 (office); 304-925-0101 (home); 304-552-5545 (mobile).
The local contact for this effort at the present time is: Reinhold (Ron) Basil Winnemuth, 9543 Sugar Run Road N.E., Copper Hill, VA 24079; phone 540-524-8452; email@example.com Anyone with contacts in the target area or with roots in that area of Virginia should notify Fr. Olof.