St Matthew Staff

St. Matthew has a dynamic, talented, hardworking staff. We have all worked here for at least 10 years and enjoy our collaboration. We cover a range of denominations, including United Methodism and Roman Catholicism, but we are united in our love for God and our desire to serve God's children. Our skills are diverse, but complement each other - and the same is true of our personalities! See below for more information about each staff member. 

  • pastor Rev. Leslie A. Klingensmith

    D.MIN.

    Leslie became the Pastor of St. Matthew in March 2002. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Duke University Divinity School and a Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary. Particular interests of hers are preaching, interfaith outreach and ministry, and pastoral care. Her hobbies include reading, writing book reviews, hiking, biking, and cooking. Leslie is married to Edward Taylor (also a Presbyterian pastor), and they have two sons, Samuel and Greer.

  • Konni m. Brantner

    Director of Youth Education and Outreach

    Konni joined St. Matthew’s staff in September 2003. She works with children and youth on all aspects of faith development, especially Christian Education and Mission. In 2009, Konni started an annual summer Vacation Bible School program is partnership with St. John’s Lutheran Church. It is a highlight of the summer for over 60 neighborhood children. Konni is an active member of the Community Partnership and in 2015 was given the Mid-County “Citizen of the Year” award for all of her outreach efforts in our neighborhood. Konni is married to Edward (Eddie) Brantner and they have a daughter, Amy.

  • Jeremy Young

    Director of Music, Organist

    Jeremy Young has served as St. Matthew’s Organist since 2002 and as Director of Music since 2007. He also is the Director of Choral Music at Gonzaga High School in Washington DC. Jeremy directs our adult choir, is actively involved in worship preparation and planning, and directs the children’s choir. Jeremy is married to Ieva and they have two children, Tyler and Emma.



  • Al conner

    Office Administrator

    Al Conner joined the St. Matthew staff in 2004 as our office administrator/manager. His previous positions included many years working for the State Department and in the publications department of Catholic University. Al prepares our weekly worship bulletin and all other printed material that the church produces, as well as being the liaison with outside groups who use our space, answering the telephone and door, and generally serving as the person who keeps things running smoothly. Al is an avid reader and follower of current events. Al has a grown son, Kevin.



  • Angelica Zelaya,  Custodian

    Angelica has served St. Matthew as our custodian since the late 1990s. She also became our child care provider in 2010. On Sunday mornings, you can find her in the nursery, and she often cleans the church on Sunday afternoons. In addition to coming in and out of St. Matthew several times a week, Angelica also cleans several other homes and businesses. Angelica is married to Bonangeres Zelaya, known as “Dandy.” Dandy is also a friendly presence around our church, as he often helps Angelica with heavier tasks.