Welcome to St. Paul





Wednesday 6:00 PM


Wednesday 7:00 PM

We are the only African Methodist Episcopal Church in the New River Valley.  Located just three blocks from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. We are truly a local church with a global reach.  Thank you for visiting our site, we hope it was a blessing to you and that we may see you in worship with us.  Please contact us if you have any questions.

Our Pastor

Rev. Glenn Orr became the pastor of St. Paul AME Church in May 2003 and moved from Virginia Beach to serve the people of this congregation and community in August 2004. Prior to coming to St. Paul he was the Assistant Director for In Home Services at the Tidewater Regional Group Home Commission. He has 15 years of experience as a mental health and substance abuse services provider. He received two Navy Commendation Medals for his service as an Electronic Warfare Senior Chief. Rev. Orr  is also a 1995 graduate of the School of Theology at Virginia Union University. He is an active member of this community, including past president of the area NAACP, and co-founder/co-chair of the New River Valley Ministerial Alliance. He is currently writing his dissertation as a doctoral candidate at the Virginia Tech Center for Public Administration and Policy. It’s a blessing that Rev. Orr has such excellent training and diversity in his professional endeavors. God has equipped him for a Word centered ministry that is inspiring, insightful and practical.

Our Pastor & First Lady


Rev. Orr’s first lady is the lovely Sis. Yalana Orr and their children are Phillip, Joshua and Maya. Sis. Orr is an academic advisor at Virginia Tech. She is a Michigan native who relocated to Virginia at the completion of high school. She graduated from Hampton University in 1993 with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. In August 2002, she earned her Masters Degree in Social Work from Michigan State University. With twelve years experience in higher education her commitment is to underrepresented students and families with the focus on creating greater access to college.

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