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

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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Flesh, Water, Spirit...Love 5/27 "We perceive the kingdom of God and we take part in it by surrendering to the power of love and allowing God to change us."

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Wild Geese, Butterflies, and a Resurrection Dance 5/13 "An ethic of love will propel us to always be seeking to go deeper, perceiving the image of God in others and in the world around us."

Attentive Listening 4/29 "There are all kinds of people in this world, and no one is (or should be) outside the circle of those who are called to relationship with Jesus."

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