Diocese: Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.
Deanery: Washington, DC Deanery
7271 Eden Brook Drive
Columbia, Maryland 21046
PO Box 2003
Columbia, MD 21045
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Columbia, MD 21046
Take I-95 to MD Route 32 west or take Route 29 to Route 32 east. Once on Route 32 exit on “Shaker/Eden Brook”. At the end of the exit ramp, turn right. If you were coming from I-95 you are now on Eden Brook Drive heading south. If you were coming from Route 29 you are on Old Columbia Road and will need to go to the traffic light and turn left unto Eden Brook. When on Eden Brook go straight through the traffic light at Guilford Road. On your left there will be a shopping center, the Kings Contrivance Village Center. Turn left at the second entrance to the village center. (If you go past Sweet Hours Way, you’ve gone too far.) There are two church buildings to your immediate right. St. Matthew is the second one.
Schedule of Services
5:00 PM Great Vespers.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy followed by Fellowship and Church School.
The Orthodox Church of St. Matthew began as a mission parish in April 1988. The first service of the St Matthew community was held on the fifth Saturday of Lent at the Main Chapel at Ft Meade, MD. The first Divine Liturgy was celebrated by Father Gregory Pelesh, an Air Force Chaplain.
Over the years, as the parish grew, it moved to increasingly larger facilities in Columbia, MD. As the parish continued to grow, it decided to pursue the development of a permanent place of worship, to be located in the Kings Contrivance Village Center. The building is modeled after 3rd century Byzantine churches. The iconography inside the church is being written by members of the parish. On February 27, 2007, the First Sunday of Great Lent, Divine Liturgy was celebrated in the new building. The Altar and Church were consecrated by Metropolitan Herman on May 10, 2008. On March 6, 2011, Forgiveness Sunday, Father Constantine White joined St. Matthew as the presiding priest.
Being the only Orthodox church in Howard County, Maryland, the parish community celebrates and enjoys a diverse representation of ethnic backgrounds.