Mission Statement
As members of the congregation, we make a covenant to support and nurture our life together in the name of Christ, in faithful and diligent use of the means of Grace, in prayer, in study and by our common efforts in support of the Church, as we seek to be God’s servants in His world.

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Have questions about the beliefs of the ELCA?  Learn more at the What We Believe ELCA site!

How we started
It was a windy day in October 1971, when David Bohannon, our now retired senior pastor, began knocking on doors in the then sparsely developed communities of Lake Ridge and western Dale City.  On February 6, 1972, seventy-six people gathered for St. Matthew’s first worship service. Visit the ELCA website to find out how much we have grown.

Who we are
We are a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, (ELCA). Locally we are part of the Metropolitan Washington Synod, which includes the areas of Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Maryland. We are one of five E.L.C.A. churches in the Woodbridge/Lakeridge area.

Perhaps your children are enrolled in our Day School. Maybe you’ve heard about our service work in the community through ecumenical organizations such as Action in the Community Through Service (ACTS). Maybe your neighbor recommended our Sunday Church School or youth group programs. You might be a life-long Lutheran transferring to the Washington Metropolitan area for the first time.  However you found us, we invite you to share our life in Christ.

St. Matthew’s Staff
Learn about the staff here.

Our invitation, from the 1972 flyers announcing an interest meeting for what was then a proposed mission, is as appropriate today as it was then: “You are wanted; you are needed. Christ calls you.”