St. Matthew’s Church has been a light for Christ on the East side of Portland for more than sixty years. Our congregation was formed in 1944 and soon built its first church building on the corner of NE Skidmore Street and NE 102nd Avenue. When that was outgrown, a new church was built in 1957 near the corner of NE Prescott Street and NE 112th Avenue.
In 2010, after a long process of discernment involving Bible study, discussion and prayer, we left the Episcopal Church and our church building and began meeting in the Mount Tabor neighborhood. This decision was taken after several years of deep concern regarding the Episcopal Church’s theology, Christology and interpretation of Scripture.
Our Church Body
We are a medium-sized congregation, diverse in age, race and background. We have children of all ages, teenagers and young adults; grown-ups and senior citizens; mothers, fathers and grandparents. People join our church family because of our children’s work, family atmosphere, biblical teaching and excellence in music. We have close ties to Multnomah University and Western Seminary. There are some members who have been here since the parish was founded; others arrived last week. We could be the church for you!
Our Worship Style
Our worship services are an elegant blend of Anglican liturgy, music from several centuries and teaching from the Bible. Our music is led by the St. Matthew’s choir along with organ, piano and occasionally other instruments. Everything we do is underpinned by God’s word to us, the Bible.