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
Laurel, MD 20723
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
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy followed by Fellowship and Church School.
The St. Matthew parish was founded on April 24, 1988. The original congregation had 38 adult members (plus 12 children) and was led by Fr Gregory Pelesh who was an Air Force Chaplain (and Colonel). Fr Raymond Velencia joined the parish on January 1, 1989. Soon after, the parish moved from its original meeting place in Fort Meade and began a journey through several facilities in Columbia, MD.
The Orthodox Church of St. Matthew moved into its permanent home in the Kings Contrivance Village Center of Columbia, Maryland in February 2007. The building is modeled after 3rd century Byzantine churches. The iconography inside the church is being written by members of the parish.
At the end of 2008, our vibrant parish family included 135 families. The parish community celebrates and enjoys a diverse representation of ethnic backgrounds.