+401-232-7575   office@orelc.org    54 Cedar Swamp Road  |  Smithfield  |  RI  |  02917
    Worship: 9:15 AM  |  Sunday School: 10:30 AM   

About Us

Meet Our Team

Matthew Richardt


Rev.Matthew Richardt was installed as pastor at Our Redeemer at a special Worship Service held on December 21, 2014.  Rev. Richardt most recently served as pastor at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Escondido, California. He is the son of William and Myra, and was named Matthew after his father’s congregation, St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Holt, Michigan.  Matt grew up in a parsonage along with two older sisters.  He completed pre-seminary studies at Concordia College, Ann Arbor, majoring in Greek and Latin.  Matt went on to Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, where he remained an additional year to serve as a graduate assistant in the Department of Systematic Theology.

Rev. Richardt was ordained June 25, 1995. After his ordination, Pastor Richardt served New Hope Lutheran Mission in Festus, Missouri, and then Redeemer Lutheran Church in Jackson, Wyoming.  Following 9/11 he became a Navy chaplain and requested duty with the U.S. Marines.  Chaplain Richardt was the first chaplain into theater during the lead-up to Operation Iraqi Freedom.  In 2005, he returned to parish ministry as pastor of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Escondido, California.  He helped found the Southern California Catechism Convocation, an annual gathering for laity.  He is the author of OYEOFLITTLEFAITH: Thirty-One Small Devotions, as well as several hymns, including “In Words of Scripture, Duties Call,” based on the Table of Duties.  He also helped found 40 Minutes for Life, an ecumenical witness to the sanctity of human life through large-group prayer vigils at local abortion clinics.   

Pastor Matt is totally focused on Forward to Basics and its four main parts: Home, Church, Groups, and Others.  These embrace Family, Marriage, and the Sanctity of Life centered around the teachings of our precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  

Susan Kanakry

Office Manager

Susan Kanakry is the manager of the church office.  She helps the Pastor by scheduling appointments, keeping records and typing various communications.  She also helps coordinate Divine services by making the bulletins ready and scheduling all the people who assist at services.  Susan also helps set up special events such as weddings, funerals and Baptisms to support congregation members.  She also must develop and maintain strong relationships with the Pastor, leadership and congregation members and maintain important church records such as the Constitution, By Laws, and historical records.

About Our Redeemer

Our Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church is a family-oriented congregation comprised of about 350 members representing a wide diversity of ages, from newborns to seniors with a whole lot of people in between. We have many young families with children.

Members of the congregation come from Rhode Island, eastern Connecticut, and nearby Massachusetts. Easy access to the church from Interstate 295, Routes 44, 116, and 101 make this possible.

The congregation is comprised of veteran Lutherans, meaning those who have been Lutheran since birth, those from various Protestant backgrounds who have become Lutheran, and a goodly number with Roman Catholic backgrounds who have also undergone instruction to become Lutheran.

Membership in our congregation comes in one of several ways. Transfer means that a person becomes a member of our congregation by simply transferring membership from a sister congregation of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. This is done when a member moves into our area and requests a letter of transfer from their home congregation. Those from non-Lutheran backgrounds go through adult catechism.

All are welcome!

Membership Information Wedding Information Holy Communion Information

Quick Facts

Sunday Worship Info

Worship times:
9:15 AM.
Come as you are!
Worship Format:
Traditional, Liturgical service with Holy Communion. More Information...
Sunday School:
10:30 AM to about 11:15 AM. More Information...
Starts the Sunday after Labor Day (Rally Day) and continues to the last Sunday in June.
Adult Bible Study:
10:30 AM to 11:15 AM,  More Information...

Visitors are always welcome!

Let's say it again - Visitors are always welcome at Our Redeemer!  We're a friendly, warm congregation and we remember that we were all visitors at one time, so we get it!  Come and join us, you will not be disappointed. Kids of all ages are welcome to stay throughout the service -- don't sweat it, your baby won't be the only one making a fuss!

Holy Communion Information

An encouragement for members and visitors alike.

Every Sunday the LORD’S Supper is served during our Worship Service. As the LORD prepares us to receive this gift, we will want to examine and refresh ourselves with what we have been taught from the Word of God.

Please Review the Holy Communion Information