St. Matthew Lutheran Church was founded in Cascade, in 1970 as a mission congregation, as Pastor Jim Henning was assigned to make disciples in the area growing east of Grand Rapids. After spending our first few years in what is now the Forest Hills Schools administration building , a new building was constructed in the late 70’s with the new church and education wing added in 2003 and the multi-purpose Family Life Center added in 2013. Pastor Rob Appold is our church’s 4th full time pastor.
St. Matthew is really about drawing nearer to a God who loves us, and following Him. We want to love the people He loves, both within the church and in our surrounding ministry area. We are passionate about worship, about growing up in Him, about children, and about sharing His love with one another and with our community.
While we are a growing church (increasing from 150 people per Sunday in 2004 to over 300 today), we offer a wide variety of Bible studies, serving opportunities, activities, and worship styles. We love to grow closer together in love, prayer, study, friendship, and caring for one another in various kinds of small groups. We have become a regional church of people from many backgrounds and cultures – people who love to worship and grow in our relationships with God and with each other, and to grow to be more like Christ.
We follow the teachings of historic Christianity as expressed in the three ecumenical creeds: The Apotles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed and the Athanasian Creed.
We teach and confess the Bible as the inspired word of God and desire to neither add to it nor subtract from it’s teaching. We are a sacramental church which believes that God give His presence, promise and protection through His Means of Grace, The Word of God, Baptism and Holy Communion. A more thorough description of our doctrine can be found at our denomination’s website www.lcms.org.
Mission Statement: In thankfulness to God’s grace, we are called at St. Matthew Lutheran Church to make disciples of Jesus Christ. MT 28: 18 – 20 We are; “Followers of Jesus, Wherever We Are”
Vision Statement: Our vision is to create a community where people will experience the heart of God in Jesus Christ. We desire this place to be where people know and are known; love and are loved; serve and are served as followers of Jesus Christ who will stop at nothing to bring the world to experience the heart of our heavenly Father.