A History of St. Matthew’s
On April 4, 1958, a group of dreamers, pioneers and visionaries broke ground on Erie Street in Chandler, Arizona. Their vision was to build a place of community, a place that served the people around them and a place that upheld the traditions of Episcopal worship. At first, it wasn’t much to look at. The small adobe building that anchored the church property was nicknamed “Rosie’s Cantina” for its demure size and simple, southwestern look, but the people of the church, those visionaries and dreamers, had built it themselves and they knew it was a small seed that would bear fruit.
That small seed planted in 1958 grew, just as Chandler grew. The church grew to meet the needs around it. The church building was built and then expanded. A parish hall was added in the early 1980s, and in 1986 both ends of the current church sanctuary were removed and the building was dramatically lengthened. An education building was constructed in 1988 to meet the needs of the many children and young families who became part of the community.
What that small seed grew into is what our campus looks like today – a vibrant faith community focused on growing as the family of God.
The Episcopal Church stands in unity with nearly every Christian tradition on the basics of our shared faith: “Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.” The Apostles Creed and Nicene Creed contain a summary of our faith. We use a Book of Common Prayer for our worship, which you can find in our pews or access online at: http://www.bcponline.org/
The Episcopal Church is unique in that it retains the ancient traditions of Christianity while embracing modern theology and contemporary understandings of the human person. The Episcopal Church today is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, a diverse association of churches that make up the largest protestant denomination in the world.