To Know and Share God's Love
Here at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, we believe knowing and sharing God’s love requires meaningful action––an encouraging word, a meal served to someone in need, uplifting disenfranchised communities. Our mission is to help people of all walks of life experience God’s love in their lives. Our church is open to everyone, from atheists and people of non-Christian religious traditions to those who have had a deep and abiding relationship with Jesus for many years. We avidly believe that God calls us to serve the poor and marginalized members of our society no matter where they are and what they believe. We also believe that poverty can exist physically as well as spiritually.
Anyone in search of meaning in the world and a better understanding of God’s purpose in their lives is welcome at St. Matthew’s. In fact, everyone––no matter their age, race, gender, sexual preferences, religious beliefs, addiction, criminal history, and political persuasion––is welcome here. We can’t wait to share our community with you. You are welcome here, and you are loved by God.
The Reverend Rob Merola
For two decades, Rob has been serving the community of St. Matthew’s with an uninhibited desire to serve others in the ways that matter most. After growing up in a small suburb of Pittsburgh, Rob attended college in New York where he majored in psychology. Rob married his wife Linda in 1986 and became a priest that same year. Rob and Linda have two daughters named Christine and Mary. With an approach to religious leadership and service that’s both genuine and almost experimental in nature, Rob is committed to meeting people wherever they’re at in life and creating spiritual experiences that are unconventional and powerful for everyone, not just regular church-goers.
When Rob isn’t teaching at St. Matthew’s, he can be found carefully tending to his garden of tomatoes, peppers, and sunflowers, fly fishing, filling his bird feeders, or reading. “I haven’t found anything better to read than Calvin and Hobbes,” Rob says when asked about his favorite books.
The Reverend Mary Margaret Winn
Mary Margaret is a lifelong Episcopalian and graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary. There are several places she calls home including Atlanta, GA where she grew up; Sewanee, TN where she went to college; and Memphis, TN where she lived and worked for four years post-grad. Northern VA is now on the list and she is thrilled to begin her ordained ministry at St. Matthew’s!
Mary Margaret loves learning about how God is at work in peoples’ lives, preaching on the Word, and being out in community and fellowship with neighbors and strangers. She is passionate about staying civically involved while maintaining that a Christian life is one that transforms the way that we think about public life, rather than entrenching us in our views.
Mary Margaret is married to the Rev. Sam Sheridan, a seminary classmate and recently ordained priest in the Diocese of Virginia. While they seem like opposites—MM loves kayaking and Sam loves Dungeons & Dragons—they are both devoted to serving the church, to loving the world, and to trying as many different BBQ joints as they can. Currently, their family includes two cuddle monsters, a cat named Raiford and a dog named Ajax.
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