St. Matthew congregation was organized December 16, 1894. Originally a WELS Lutheran church, members met in various homes and the local school house until the first church building was completed July 1, 1900. In the late summer of 1928 the church was struck by lightning. The resulting fire was catastrophic leaving the church building a total loss however, a few items were rescued from the burning building. The baptismal font, which we proudly use today, was among those items rescued. Not to be deterred the congregation rebuilt and on May 11, 1930 the new 'church on the hill' was dedicated. The congregation was housed in that same church building for the next 79 years, until 2009. Needing more space for it's growing congregation, a new church building was commissioned in January 2007. The present building was dedicated September 20th, 2009.

In 2012 St. Matthew parted ways with the WELS synod and began the search for a synod that more closely aligned with it's beliefs. That happy home was found in February 2013 within the LCMS (Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod).

St. Matthew is a growing church family with 500 members.

Now housed in it's  15,000 sq. ft. building St. Matthew just celebrated it's 125th year anniversary in December of 2019.


We exist to grow in Christ. We exist to share the good news of Christ with others. We exist to provide a place of refuge for the weary and worn through the drudgeries of life.


We are a church with a zeal and a love and a passion for our Lord and Savior, like a new mission. You will find yourself accepted, loved and welcomed here. We see you as we see ourselves - children of God falling short of His standards, but also Children of God, bought and redeemed through the perfect life, innocent death, and glorious resurrection of Christ Jesus our Savior.


A growing congregation, St. Matthew is

550 members strong. With an active Heartners organization, Loving Hands group, Ignite youth group, Adult Hand Bell group, Choir and 3 weekly bible study options there are always opportunities to get involved.


And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. Matthew 16:18


St. Matthew is located just off Interstate 94 between  Black River Falls and Tomah  in the village of Warrens. Affectionately referred to as "the Kirby church"  and "the church on the hill" by locals, we stand on US Highway 12. Approximately 9 miles from Ft. McCoy  and less than 2 miles from Three Bears Lodge. We are easily accessible.



4285 US Hwy 12

Warrens, WI 54666