Anglicans and Episcopalians the world over share aspects of their history, tradition and ways of worshipping -- neither protest nor Catholic but having elements of both. No two churches are exactly alike. It is this unity in diversity that makes the Anglican Communion so special.
Whether you are returning to church after a time away, new to the faith, looking for a new church home or simply seeking a place of quiet, please know that you are welcome at St. Matthews Episcopal Church.
We are a community of believers and lovers of the Word of God with a long tradition of outreach and service to its members and the community.
Our congregation strives to recognize and nurture Christ in ourselves and each person that we encounter. We offer a variety of opportunities for spiritual growth and worship experiences, and we actively share our faith in Christ with others through service, outreach and fellowship.
God resides in you because you are beautifully and wonderfully made. You are welcome here because Christ welcomes you, and so do we.
Please join us this Sunday to experience for yourself the fellowship of Christ!
- The Rev. Frances Cox Vicar
The Rev. Edwin Cox Supply Priest
- +Presiding Bishop Michael
Born in Chicago, Bishop Curry attended public schools in Buffalo, NY and graduated from Hobart College in Geneva, NY. He earned his Mdiv from Yale Divinity School, with additional studies at The College of Preachers (Princeton Theological Seminary), Wake Forest University and the Ecumenical Institute of St. Mary's Seminary.
Ordained deacon in June 1978 and to the priesthood in December of the same year, Bishop Curry served parishes in Winston-Salem, NC, Lincoln Heights, Ohio and Baltimore, MD before being elected as the 11th bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina in 2000.
Bishop Curry formally took office at the Washington National Cathedral on November 1, 2015.
+Bishop Sam RodmanThe Rt. Rev. Samuel Rodman was ordained and consecrated as the XII Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina in Duke Chapel on the campus of Duke University in Durham on July 15, 2017. He was elected on March 4, 2017.
Prior to his election, Bishop Rodman served as the Special Projects Officer for the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, a role he took on after spending five years as the diocesan project manager for campaign initiatives, where he engaged congregations, clergy and laity, in collaborative local and global mission through the Together Now campaign, helping to raise $20 million to fund these initiatives. Prior to that, he spent 16 years as the rector of St. Michael’s in Milton, Massachusetts, during which the parish established a seven-year plan that included a capital campaign for a major renovation of the church building.
Ordained in 1988, Bishop Rodman is a graduate of Bates College and Virginia Theological Seminary. He and his wife of 32 years, Deborah, live in Raleigh with their dog, Neo. They are the parents of two adult daughters. In his free time, Bishop Rodman enjoys basketball, golf, kayaking, walking his dog, crosswords and creative writing.
+Bishop Pro Tempre Anne Hodges-CoppleRt. Rev. Anne Hodges-Copple was elected the Diocese's sixth Bishop Suffragan and the first female bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina on January 26, 2013, at the 197th Annual Convention.
She was consecrated on June 15, 2013, in Duke Chapel on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.
Born in Texas, Bishop Hodges-Copple attended high school in Dallas before moving to Durham, N.C., for her undergraduate study. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University in 1979.
After working as a community organizer for several years following graduation, she earned her Master of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, Calif., in 1984.
Bishop Hodges-Copple and her husband, John Hodges-Copple, moved back to N.C. in 1984, where she began working in the field of domestic violence prevention.
Hodges-Copple was ordained to the priesthood in 1988 and served as assistant to the rector at St. Luke’s, Durham, until 1992. She left St. Luke’s to serve as Episcopal chaplain to Duke University until 2005, when she returned to St. Luke’s as rector until her election as Bishop Suffragan in 2013.
In her role as Bishop Suffragan, Bishop Hodges-Copple assists the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry in leading the Diocese into Galilee by focusing especially on ministry in higher education, young adult ministry, ministry among Spanish-speaking communities, the ordination process for the diaconate, companion diocese relationships with Costa Rica and Botswana, ecumenical and interfaith work and pastoral care of retired clergy and their spouses.
She and her husband, John, have three adult children. John is Director of Planning for the Triangle J Council of Governments.
+Assisting Bishop Rt. Rev. Peter J. Lee
Bishop Lee has also served the wider church in several leadership roles throughout his career. Among the positions held were chair of the Church Pension Fund board, trustee of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, 17 years as chair of the board of trustees for Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, and board member for the National Alliance to End Homelessness. He also served on the advisory committee to the Anglican Observer at the United Nations and on the Presiding Bishop's Fund for World Relief (forerunner to Episcopal Relief and Development).
- Bart Trescott, Sr. Warden
Leigh Cannon, Jr. Warden
John Samoska, Jr. Warden
Amy Martin, Treasurer
Donna Raxder, Clerk
Mary Ann Fuhr
Other Ministry Contacts
- Music, Jeff Fink
Acolytes, Debbie Walker
Altar Guild, Ellen Samoska
Welcome, Debbie Walker
Fellowship, Yvonne Dustan
Stewardship, The Vestry
Administration, Yvonne Simrel