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

Part Of God 7/22  When we treat everyone as if they are a treasured member of God's household, we make it so."

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Every Last One 7/15  "The most compelling evidence of the presence and unifying power of God is the simple fact that so many people showed up, putting aside differences in race, culture, and politics to do the right thing."  

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Sufficient Grace 7/8   "When we are able to surrender to Christ working in us instead of trying to do everything ourselves, we are able to observe and experience that grace will carry us through the difficulties and sorrows that are part of every life"

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Hospitality in Fearful Times  7/1 "We are living in times when Jesus' command to love our neighbors as ourselves puts us severely at odds with the culture that surrounds us."

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Sabbath Significance 6/3 "The behavior of the Pharisees violated the spirit of the fourth commandment, even if Jesus and the disciples were violating the letter of it."

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