A Brief History of St. Matthew’s UMC
St. Matthew’s UMC was founded in May 1957. Reverend Harry L. Kidd, Jr. was appointed as pastor of St. Matthew’s. On August 11, 1957, St. Matthew’s held its first service. There were 80 persons in attendance. The church was chartered on October 27th with 54 charter members.
The cornerstone for the church building was laid on November 6, 1960 and the first service was held in the new church building on Palm Sunday – March 26, 1961 with 42 people in attendance.
As the church’s outreach expanded and membership grew, it became clear that additional space was needed. The new addition to the church included a new sanctuary, administrative offices, classrooms and a chapel for private prayer and worship.
Stained glass windows can be found in the offices of the Senior Pastor and Associate Pastor, the narthex, chapel, steeple and above the chapel window on the front of the building.
The Risen Christ Sanctuary Sculpture/Mural was commissioned for the front of the sanctuary in 1991. This piece of art work was given in memory of Jennifer Lynn Hauenstein by her parents Bill and Vi Hauenstein. Each brick was carved wet as the sculpture was built and not a single piece of the bricks were cracked during the firing process! The mural was completed in 1992 and is truly a beautiful focal point of the sanctuary.
Appointment of Pastors & Associate Pastors
1957: Rev. Harry L. Kidd, Jr.
1960: Rev. Charles L. Winfree
1973: Rev. Wasena F. Wright Sr.
1980: Rev. James Roy Smith
1982: Rev. Wesley E. Arthur Sr.
1984: Rev. Cynthia Coleman, Associate Pastor
1994: Rev. Ralph E. McCulloh, Associate Pastor
1999: Rev. Russ Urban, Associate Pastor
2001: Rev. Kenneth J. Jackson
2003: Revs. Bert Cloud & Regina Anderson-Cloud, Associate Pastors
2005: Rev. Linda Monroe, Associate Pastor, Rev. Herb Brynildsen, Associate Minister
2010: Rev. J. Denise Honeycutt
2011: Rev. Brian Johnson, Associate Pastor
2013: Rev. Jay M. Hanke
2013: Rev. William E. Moberly, Associate Pastor
2014: Rev. Neil R. Hough
2014: Rev. Grace Han, Associate Pastor