In 1990 the Foundation was established as an endowment fund, with income earned from the Fund's assets used to support worthy projects endorsed by the congregation. 

Funds are received in the form or memorials, bequests, life insurance and other personal contributions. Those who make these gifts - now or in the future - are recognized as Celebrants.

These gifts are a way to leave a legacy for future generations and serve to strengthen Saint Matthew's ability to make a difference in the community and globally. All gifts are welcome!

You can read more about the foundation in our brochure.

Deborah Adey, Scholarship (2020)

Dave Perkins (2020)

Renate Schoenberg, Treasurer (2021)

Nancy Schott, Chair (2021)

Jim Kohl, III, Secretary (2022)

Celeste Seibert (2022)

Tami Gomez, Non-Voting Staff Liasion

Gwen Ross, Non-Voting Advisor

*Parentheses indicate term end date


In recent years, many churches have installed a columbarium as a meaningful way to honor and respect the remains of those who have been born into eternal life.

Saint Matthew has a tranquil Columbarium and Memorial Garden adjacent to the Sanctuary. It can be entered from the Sanctuary or from outside the building via the North Entrance parking lot.

A granite plaque has been placed in the Memorial Garden where the names of family and friends interred here or buried elsewhere can be added as a commemoration of their lives. If you are interested in having a name or names added to the plaque, now is the time to let us know as we will be ordering a second plaque soon. Forms for making a request are available at the Welcome Center.

Columbarium Pricing

Please contact Gwen Ross or Tami Gomez for additional information.



Since this program began in 2002, the Saint Matthew Foundation has provided over $60,000 in scholarships and grants. Awards are made to members of Saint Matthew who are continuing their education beyond high school at a two or four-year college or university, an accredited vocational school or in Christian Leadership Training.

To be considered, applicants must have demonstrated Christian values, regularly participated in Saint Matthew programs and served as a mentor or an inspiration to others as they grow in Christ. 

The Saint Matthew Lutheran Church Foundation Committee is pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity for college students who are or have been affiliated with Saint Matthew. The 2020 Scholarships will be awarded to an individual who is or will be attending a four year college or university.

To be eligible for the scholarship a student: 

  • Must be classified as at least a Junior by the beginning of the Fall term in 2020 when the scholarship is awarded.
  • Must be or have been associated with Saint Matthew Lutheran Church in Walnut Creek.
  • Must be continuing their faith journey while attending college.
  • Must fully complete the application and references.

Recipients will be selected using criteria that include academic performance, current church and community service, and the applicant’s continuing spiritual growth and testimony.

As Jesus said, “For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). The Saint Mathew Foundation hopes, through this scholarship, to help students who wish to help others.

Please share this information with the students in your family or others that you know who would qualify as described above. If you have immediate questions, please contact the Foundation Committee through the Saint Matthew Office. Applications (including letters of recommendations) are due by Friday, April 17, 2020, and the scholarship will be awarded in June 2020.

Apply Here!