Joseph L. Cobb

Term of Office

  • Vice-Mayor, July 1, 2018 - December 31, 2020
  • July 1, 2018 - December 31, 2022

Professional Background

  • Chaplain, Hermitage Roanoke (2018 - Present)
  • Outreach Coordinator, Highland Park Elementary School (2018 - 2021)
  • Pastor, Metropolitan Community Church of the Blue Ridge (2009 - 2017)
  • Executive Director, Interfaith Hospitality Network (Family Promise of Greater Roanoke) (2004 - 2007)
  • Co-author with Leigh Anne Taylor, Our Family Outing: A Memoir of Coming Out and Coming Through

Educational Background


  • M. S., Divinity, Perkins School of Theology, Dallas, Texas
  • B. S., Philosophy, Southwestern College, Winfield, Kansas
  • Completing Doctor of Ministry, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia

Council Assignments


  • Vice-Chair, Personnel Committee
  • Member, Legislative Committee
  • Chair, Audit Committee
  • President, Greater Roanoke Transit Company
  • Elected Official representative, Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Comprehensive Economic Strategy Committee
  • Elected Official representative, Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization
  • Elected Official representative, Virginia Municipal League, Human Development and Education Policy Committee

Civic and Volunteer Activities



  • Chair, Council of Community Services Board of Directors
  • Chair, City of Roanoke Gun Violence Prevention Commission
  • Member, Equality Virginia Board of Directors
  • Member, Roanoke Valley Sisters Cities Board of Directors
  • Member, Clean Valley Council Board of Directors
  • Member, Community and Diversity Advisory Council, Virginia Tech/Carilion School of Medicine
  • Former PTA President, Highland Park Elementary School