Stephen Garnaas-Holmes

The Reverend Steve Garnaas-Holmes is a poet, composer, and our pastor. Steve has been in the ministry since 1981, mostly in Montana, until he came to New England in 2002. 

Pastor Steve

He says, “Being a pastor is like being a scout with people as they go on their own adventures, discovering their holy lives.  I like the ministry because I love singing songs and telling stories.  And I get to watch people become themselves.  Pretty cool job.”

Steve believes that the purpose of the church is to practice love and forgiveness, embody grace, work for healing and justice, embrace mystery, and spread joy.

Steve does wonderful Children’s Times.  Here he is leading one:

He writes music and liturgical materials for his congregation’s worship: songs, hymns, service music, anthems, prayers, creeds, Eucharistic prayers, and so on. He is the author and composer of several pieces in The United Methodist Book of WorshipThe Faith We SingWorship & Song, and several articles on the General Board of Discipleship website.  Here he is leading us in worshipful song one Sunday morning:

He also writes a daily reflection at

Steve will play Frisbee in any weather.

From 1975 to 2012, he wrote and performed with the Montana Logging and Ballet Company, a quartet that performed music and comedy around the country, and occasionally on NPR’s Weekend Edition. They appeared at many annual and general conferences.  Here’s a glimpse into Pastor Steve’s secret life for thirty-eight years as a member of the Montana Logging and Ballet Company.

St. Matthew’s UMC claims no knowledge or responsibility for his actions.  🙂 

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