The Anglican Church was first invited to establish a church in Addis Ababa in the early 1920’s. From small beginnings in the compound of the British Legation, the congregation grew and moved to larger premises, first in a hotel and then in a school. Finally St Matthew’s Church was built in 1954 on land given by Emperor Haile Selassie. Today St Matthew’s Church provides Anglican worship and ministry to a very diverse international community.
On an average Sunday, it is common to have over 20 nationalities at our Sunday services, from all over Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe and America. Addis Ababa has a large number of foreign embassies, and is also the home of the African Union and the Economic Commission for Africa. Consequently there is a great diversity of people living here.
St Matthew’s also enjoys the fellowship of members of many other Christian denominations, including Baptists, Methodists, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Roman Catholics, Orthodox and Mennonites. We are delighted that so many people find a spiritual home at St Matthew’s and so enrich our life together.
St Matthew's Anglican Church is part of the Anglican Episcopal Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa. Our Diocesan Bishop is the Rt Rev Dr Mouneer Hana Anis, who is based in Cairo. In 2007, a new Episcopal area within the diocese was formed, to serve Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa. The Area Bishop the Horn of Africa is the Rt Rev Dr Grant Le Marquand.
St Matthew's helps to support and resource over 80 Anglican churches in Ethiopia, most of which are in the Gambella region. There is exciting growth happening among these churches, and much of the Bishop’s time is spent supporting and training the clergy and lay readers, visiting the congregations and fund-raising.