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

Who is Barnabas 4/8  Barnabas, a lesser known early Christian, has some things to teach us about what we do with the mysterious gift of the empty tomb. 

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Removing the Barrie! 4/1  Easter Sunday“Carrying on the work of the resurrection is both our daunting responsibility and our joyous privilege.” 

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Surely Not I? 3/18 Palm Sunday “Even Judas Iscariot is not so far gone that he cannot be included in the table fellowship that binds us together as the household of God…”

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What is Worth Saving? 3/11 “If avoiding pain is our primary goal, then we also avoid so many of the things that make life worthwhile in the first place.”

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What Does This Have To Do With Me? 3/4  “I wonder if we do not sell Jesus short when we emphasize his godliness over his humanness.”

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