Joseph L. Cobb

Term of Office


  • Vice-Mayor, July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2020
  • July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2022

Professional Background


  • Chaplain, Hermitage Roanoke
  • Outreach Coordinator, Highland Park Elementary School
  • 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

Council Assignments


  • Member, Personnel Committee
  • Member, Legislative Committee
  • Elected Official representative, Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission
  • Elected Official representative, Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Comprehensive Economic Strategy Committee
  • Council representative, Board of Directors, Total Action for Progress
  • Elected Official representative, Virginia Municipal League, Transportation Policy Committee

Civic and Volunteer Activities



  • Member, Community and Diversity Advisory Council, Virginia Tech/Carilion School of Medicine
  • Member, Roanoke Valley Unites Steering Committee
  • Member, Kiwanis Club of Roanoke
  • Member, Healthy Roanoke Valley Steering Committee
  • Former PTA President, Highland Park Elementary School