St. Matthew’s Ev. Lutheran Church

Die ev-lutherische St. Matthäus Gemeinde

Benton Harbor, Michigan, USA

Founded 1898

Wisconsin Ev. Lutheran Synod


Welcome to the WELS of Benton Harbor! Herzlich Willkommen!

We offer weekly sermons in both German and English on our site. Join us in worship electronically!

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Rev. Timothy Buelow has just accepted a call to start two new mission congregations in the cities of Västerås and Norrköping, Sweden. Information and updates will be posted on Pastor Buelow’s personal web site.


Who Are We?

St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church is located in the heart of Benton Harbor, Michigan at the corner of Colfax and Kline. In 1998 we celebrated our centennial. The congregation worships in a beautiful modified gothic building completed in 1920. We are one of the few churches in the United States which still offer weekly services in both English and German. (English Services are at 9:00 am and German at 10:30 each Sunday). Our congregation's makeup is multiracial. Our neighborhood was once filled with German immigrants, and is now mostly made up of African Americans. We are more multi-cultural than most churches! Professor Ernst H. Wendland, for many years a missionary to the Lutheran Church of Central Africa was once pastor of our congregation. St. Matthew's is a member of the WELS, the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. You can learn more about the WELS by clicking on the appropriate links below.

Rev. Timothy H. Buelow

St. Matthew’s offers Christian Education for all ages from 2 weeks through high school. We have a quality, certified child care program, a pre-school, and a Lutheran Elementary School. We are also members of the Michigan Lutheran High School conference.

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