Message from our Pastor

Rev. Leslie A. Klingensmith D.Min.

It has been my privilege to serve as St. Matthew’s pastor since March 2002. I am grateful to serve as the Pastor of a dynamic, vibrant faith community.

I believe that it is my responsibility to encourage our worshippers to participate in the life of the congregation to the greatest extent possible. Being together in worship is wonderful and is our primary unifying act as a faith community, but outreach projects and social occasions allow us to get to know each other in a more relaxed setting and at a deeper level. 

At St. Matthew, we believe that followers of Jesus have a responsibility to do what we can to ease the suffering of our neighbors nearby and far away. We take an active part in Interfaith Works programs here in Montgomery County (as well as many other local missions) and support missions throughout the world. 

My husband, Ed Taylor, is also a pastor in Washington D.C. We have two sons, Samuel and Greer, who are also part of the St. Matthew congregation.  


You can scroll down for a selection of my recent sermons.

Recent Sermons

When Did I (Not) Do That? 11/26 Jesus shows us in this description of God’s last judgement that he is not at all like the leaders that we settle for in postmodern America. According to the reign of Christ, everyone matters.” 

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The Doorway to New Jerusalem 11/19  “John promises the Christians of the church in Philadelphia that they have a role to play in the world that is to come – the world where the heartaches of this one (including the ones we inflict on ourselves) are redeemed and transformed.”

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Prosperity, Preparedness, and Possibility 11/12  “What might happen if we ceased to approach service as an obligation, a box we need to check off, and instead embraced it as a pathway to joy, meaning, and fulfillment?”

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Stepping Through The Door 11/5 “It is significant that Paul reminds his readers that his is in prison, but still praying for God to open up a door for the word.  Even behind bars and in a confined space, Paul prays that a way will be made clear for him to proclaim the gospel…”

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Opening Doors and Hearts 10/29 I think Jesus was speaking in broader terms when he said that all we have to do is ask, or seek, or knock. One possibility is that he was referring to the search for meaning and purpose that Atul Gawande has identified that makes such a difference in how we feel about our lives. 3 Whether we realize it or not, we all have come to this place looking for something.

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