Pastor Karl M. Richard joined St. Matthew as Senior Pastor in January 2008. He comes to us after serving congregations in Rensselaer, Poestenkill and Raymertown, New York as well as his most recent congregation, Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church in Applebachsville, PA. Pastor Karl has a BS in Urban Planning from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse University in 1982 and a Masters in Divinity from The Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA in 1987. His wife, Leslie, is also an ordained pastor and they have two daughters, Amanda and Abigail.’
Vicar Daniel Smith arrived at St. Matthew in July of 2016 as our seminarian intern. Growing up in northern New Jersey, he has a BA in History from The College of New Jersey and an MA in Near Eastern Studies from New York University. In 2012, he began to discern a call to parish ministry and entered the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia in 2014. It was there that he met his wife, Alina, who is a Lutheran pastor. They live in Springfield with their cat, Pearl.
Pat McHugh our Organist and Choir Director, a long time member and frequent substitute in this role assumed leadership in 2012.
effectively administrates “Grand Central Station” or the church office with her efficiency and constant smile.
Director of the Saint Matthew Church Christian Nursery School