Who We Are


Faithfully confessing Christ crucified in word and deed.


St. Matthew strives to hold fast to the confession of faith handed down to us as we gather together around God's Word and Sacraments for the strengthening of our faith in God and to deepen of our love towards our neighbors as we proclaim the Good News of Jesus' death and resurrection in our communities.



We strive to be a place where Christians gather around the Word of God and His Holy Sacraments to join in praise and thanksgiving to the Holy Trinity(1Peter 2:9, Psalm 103:1, Psalm 118:1, Acts 2:42, Luke 10:15, Psalm 119:105, Luke 11:28, 1 Corinthians 11:28)


We strive to be a place where Christians support and build one another up in the Lord and where Christian knowledge and values are nurtured in all who gather here.  (Matthew 11:28, I Thessalonians 5:10-17, II Timothy 3:15-17, Deuteronomy 6:6-7)


We strive to be a place from which God’s people may reach out into the surrounding communities with the Good News of forgiveness of sins and salvation through Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 2:47, Mark 16:15, I Corinthians 10:33, I Timothy 2:1-8)


We strive to serve our neighbors in all physical needs as we are able and as God has prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10, Matthew 25:34-40, Matthew 10:40-42, Psalm 146:9, Job 29:12)

Pastor Lally


Pastor Richard Lally was born in Kansas City, MO. He grew up in Pleasant Hill, MO, where his parents still live, with a younger brother and sister. From childhood, he has enjoyed spending time outdoors-camping, fishing, and (more recently)hunting.

Pastor Lally was claimed as God's child through the waters of Holy Baptism as an infant, and he was raised in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. He met his wife, Loren, at a church lock-in. The two were married in 2008 snd have two sons.

Pastor Lally attended Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, graduating in 2010, and Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO, graduating in 2014. Following graduation, he was ordained into the Pastoral Ministry and served congregations in Iowa.

Pastor Lally was installed as the Pastor of St. Matthew in 2017. 

St. Matthew is a member congregation of the Kansas District of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Those connected to St. Matthew's ministries not only reside in Nortonville, but also come from Winchester, Valley Falls, Atchison, Effingham, Oskaloosa, and everywhere in between.