A LIGHT AT THE CROSSROADS
A country village grew up around Kellers Lutheran Church in the years following 1751. “Kellers Church” was the congregation’s proper name for over a century, a name derived from Heinrich Keller, one of the founding fathers. Henry Melchior Muhlenberg complained in his journal that he had trouble getting through to Kellers Church because his horse kept getting stuck in the brambles.
The buildings that rise up unexpectedly out of wilderness mists in Nockamixon State Park take the casual visitor by surprise driving along Ridge Road. Then, arriving at the crossroads of Ridge & Kellers Church Roads, it is understandable why German settlers would erect the focal point of their community here. The fourth building in more than 250 years connects with a more modern educational wing, creating a meeting place for God with people.
The tower bell rings out the motto: “Proclaim the love of Jesus in thought, word, and deed.” Celebrating the mutual love of God and people is this congregation’s reason for being, declaring with hearts, hands, and voices that God loves sinners, and too much to let us stay that way.
The aroma of the sanctuary and the soft pastels of the stained glass are signs of a country church. First and third Sundays Holy Communion is offered; second and fourth are family-friendly worship services designed with children in mind, offering Children’s Church with crafts and activities following the children’s message in worship. A church-time nursery for preschoolers allows parents a quiet opportunity to hear God’s word.
St. Matthew’s (the name under which the congregation was incorporated in the 1800s) is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. We follow the liturgy of the church, blended with contemporary hymnody and worship forms. Bell Choir, Adult Choir, and Children’s Ensembles grace the worship services with anthems based on the theme of the day.
The steeple illuminated at night is a beacon for travelers; locals like to call it the “light on the Ridge.” No matter how bleak the world, God’s everlasting light still shines on at Kellers Church, offering hope for the weary, a place of respite from fear and trouble, as it has done for over two and a half centuries. Please come to the crossroads and experience the Light of the World, Jesus Christ.