Our mission is to shine the light of Jesus everywhere we go.
St. Matthew aspires to move into the future as a united and joyful community in Christ, strengthened and inspired by God to have an increasing impact upon the Nortonville community and beyond with the love of Jesus Christ.
Who We Are
St. Matthew is a member congregation of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and of the Kanasas District. We are part of the Aitchison circuit of LCMS congregations. 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.
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, with a short exodus among some friendly Methodists. His family returned to the LCMS for his instruction in the Small Catechism of Dr. Martin Luther. He met his wife, Loren, at a church lock-in. The two were married in 2008.
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.