A Little About Us...
St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church is located in the heart of Benton Harbor, Michigan, at the corner of Colfax and Kline. The members of our congregation range from new-born infants to 90 and 100-year-olds, and come from many different countries and cultures. We worship each Sunday morning at 9 a.m. for an hour long service. Sunday School for adults, teens, and children takes place in the school building after the church services from 10:30 to 11:15am.
At this school building, St. Matthew’s also runs a thriving daycare, preschool, and Kindergarten where little ones receive personal attention, love, excellent education, and most importantly, hear about Jesus’ love for them. Our church offices and our community thrift store are also located in this building: 671 McAllister, Benton Harbor.
Our congregation is Christian, meaning we teach that Jesus Christ came as the Savior of the whole world, to free us from the dangers of hell and sin. This is God’s free gift to us! Our congregation is Lutheran, which means we hold that the Bible is 100% God’s Word, and is therefore 100% perfect. Our congregation is a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), and is affiliated with Michigan Lutheran High School and Grace Lutheran Grade School, both in St. Joseph, MI.
St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church, or Die Ev-Lutherische St. Matthäus Gemeinde was founded in 1898 by German immigrants. Because of this rich German heritage, we still offer regular worship services in German.
We worship in a beautiful modified gothic building which was completed in 1920. This beautiful building has become a landmark in Benton Harbor, as its steeple can be seen for miles. Our church at one time operated a large, private grade school. Now, we use the building for our daycare, preschool, Kindergarten, thrift store, offices, pregnancy center, and other community events.
St. Matthew's, affectionately called St. Matt's, continues to thrive today, seeking out new ways to share the gospel of Jesus with those in Benton Harbor, and everywhere!