ABOUT US

St. Matthew Lutheran is a traditional, confessional Lutheran Church located in the scenic community of Sandy Hill, just minutes from Brenham, Texas. 

ADDRESS

8819 FM 2621

Brenham, TX  77833

 

(979) 836-8894

office@stmatthewbrenham.org

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OUR LEADERSHIP

"So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock." 1 Peter 5:1-3
Our Pastor
Rev. Kris Brower

Rev. Brower attended a Missouri Synod Lutheran school through 8th grade; was very active in their youth group through high school, being elected their youth chaplain for two consecutive years.  He holds AAS, BS, and MS degrees from Purdue University. A Distinguished Military Graduate, he served over 5 years as an officer in the US Air Force, serving in Thailand, Germany, Italy, and the US.

Much of his career was in industrial and corporate management, and most of that in productivity, technology and operations management.  He also served a number of years in corporate executive education and consulting, was a frequent guest speaker at professional and civic organizations,  and president of several professional manufacturing and engineering organizations.  He was an accomplished Boy Scout leader, round table commissioner, a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, and earned his Wood Badge certificate. 

Throughout his working years, he and his wife have been active Bible study teachers, youth counselors, and ministry leaders.   He is an experienced Stephen Minister, dealing with life crisis ministry.  He began his journey toward full time ministry in answer to God's call and the encouragement of those who knew him. 

Along the way, he attended a two year Lay Ministry Academy; completed his theological education; became a pulpit supply preacher; and was ordained by the North American Lutheran Church.  In addition, he completed requirements and was also certified as an ordained pastor by the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ.

In support of the Brenham community, Rev. Brower is a member of the Washington County Ministerial Association, participates in the annual National Day of Prayer, is a chaplain with the Brenham Police Department, leads worship services at local nursing homes, and assists in other activities as needed.  In 2019, he was called to be the Dean of the Southeast Texas Mission District of the NALC.

 

Using his past experiences and education, he loves working with people from various backgrounds, helping them to feel the love of Christ whatever their situation.

Our Church Council
Congregation/Council President 
Jim Studhalter
 
Recording Secretary
Brian Scheffer
Financial Secretary
Kathy Lehmann
 
Treasurer
Marian Allen
 
Worship Committee Chair
Edna Schroeder
 
Education Committee Chair
Susan Busby
 
Property Manager
Paul Buro
Council Advisor
Pastor Kris Brower

Members serve a two year term, and will be eligible for a second term, if the congregation wishes to reelect the same person. 

The Council receives its authority from this Congregation, and may be limited by same.  The Council is to represent, serve, and perform its tasks on behalf of the Congregation within those limits and per this Constitution.  Individual members of the Council are delegated authority to serve within the bounds of their respective position descriptions.

Standing Committees

Audit Committee

Call Committee

Cemetery Committee

Nominating Committee

Pastoral Committee

Worship Committee

The Office of the Keys
What is the Office of the Keys?

The Office of the Keys is the special power Christ gave to His Church on earth to forgive the sins of penitent sinners and to retain the sins of the impenitent as long as they do not repent.

Where is this written?

"And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”  John 20:22-23