Remembering Mike Matthews
Celebrating Mike Matthews

The family will receive friends at Seneca Creek Community Church, 13 Firstfield Road, Gaithersburg, Maryland on Friday, March 5 from 4pm to 7pm.

Face coverings are required. A limited number of people will be permitted to enter the room at a time. Please dress appropriately for the weather as you may be asked to wait outside for a brief period. As a courtesy to others we ask that you keep your visit brief so that everyone has an opportunity to see the family.

A Celebration of Life service will take place at Seneca Creek Community Church on Saturday, March 6 at 1:00 PM. The service will be streamed live and can be viewed below.

Due to COVID-19, our in-person capacity is very limited. You may request an invitation to attend the service in-person by completing this online form. Please understand that form completion is only a request, and you will receive a confirmation by email if there is sufficient space to accommodate.

Tributes and Memories

Today the world lost one of the greatest. Brother Mike, I’m going to miss you man. Thank you for being my friend and for always offering me encouragement and love. Christ radiated out of you bro like no other. Rest easy my friend. Until we see each other again. Peace and love.

– Josh Patterson

Mike Matthews has left to join the lord as another angel. It was a true pleasure and blessing to serve alongside him in high school ministry at Seneca Creek. He loved working with the students and cared deeply about their journeys in faith. If I can say anything about Mike I would say he truly lived out the concept of “sacrificial love.” He gave everything he had, mind, body, and soul to care for and love everyone he came in contact with. He did this without complaint and always had a sincere smile ready for you. When he said he was praying for you he was indeed praying for you.

It says in 1 John 4:16 “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” Mike truly lived in love and his heart was filled with God, so I know he is with God now, having a jam session on guitar. His love and memory will live in the hearts of all those that knew him and serve as example of what it means to live the life of a disciple of Christ. My thoughts, prayers, and heart is with his amazing family. Thank you Mike for a life well lived and for your servant’s heart.

– Chase Douglas

Today, the memory that popped up from FB squeezed my heart just a little too much. One of the fixtures…the foundations of our annual Beyond Belief retreat was Mike Matthews. And now, the world feels just a little less stable without him here. I cannot believe the start of this pandemic about a year ago was the last time I got to see his smile and experience his kindness and welcoming heart. I was just too sad yesterday to post a tribute like so many beautiful ones I have seen in my feed. That should tell you a lot about him… that my news feed is literally overwhelmed with memories and tributes to Mike.

Recently I heard a conversation about whether or not humanity was inherently good or evil. I wrestle with that a lot. Until I think about Mike. There wasn’t a speck of malice in that man. I never heard him say anything harsh or unkind about another human. He was generous beyond measure and comprehension with his time, talents, treasures, and most of all, his love. If you met him, or had the privilege of knowing him, you came away changed.

I will forever be grateful for his partnership in ministry, his wisdom, his friendship, and the privilege of knowing his amazing family. And our world is just a little dimmer today without him.

Nothing is promised, so lean into every opportunity you have to be more like Mike: to be kind, to be generous, and to love others well.

– Heather Nicholson

You’ve gone to glory Mike Matthews. You were a true servant of God who loved your family and your community. My sincerest condolences and prayers to your family. Your essence will live on forever!

– Gigi Garcia

This morning, Mike Matthews, my brother from another mother, passed away. He is now receiving his heavenly reward. I imagine that it will be a good one. He was a faithful man of God, a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and a great friend. He is and will continue to be missed, but God must’ve needed him more for something special. Our friendship spanned over 40 years. Mike is among the best people I’ve ever known. Prayers appreciated for the Matthews family… his wife: Diane, Kids: Jenna & Nolin, Step-son: Jonathan & wife Kathryn, Mike’s dad (Mr. Matthews), Mike’s two sisters: Trish and Cindy and his extended family. Their church family from Seneca Creek Community Church has been very supportive and I’m sure they will continue to be. Enjoy heaven and RIP my brother. Until that day!

– Jeff McCusker