Matthew Dallman is married and the father of four girls. He is the Executive Director of Akenside Press. His first book is The Benedictine Parish: A Model to Thrive in a Secular Era. He has written for The Living Church magazine. He is a trained musician who has composed for films and wedding ceremonies.

He has studied poetry with Yusef Komunyakaa and Carter Revard, integral theory with Ken Wilber, music with W.A. Mathieu, philosophy with Dr Herman Stark, and theology with Fr Thomas Fraser. He received a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Creative Writing from Washington University in St Louis. He was raised a Lutheran (ELCA) but did not find home until age 35, when he stepped in St Paul’s Parish, Riverside. Within months he began to pursue a Master of Arts in Liturgy at Chicago’s Catholic Theological Union then also a Master in Theological Studies in Anglican Studies (focusing on the work of Martin Thornton), from Wisconsin’s Nashotah House seminary, and he began to discern a vocation to the Priesthood in the Episcopal Church.

Matthew was born in metropolitan Washington DC but grew up in a suburb of Milwaukee. He currently lives with his family in Chicagoland.
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O Heavenly Father, thou of primordial sound, who through every Birth & Beginning in our time & space resounds for us, your earthy children, as Joyful Song; may we, but mute without you, breathe the vibration of your Infinitive Grace that tunes all wavering voices to the wonder of your Glorious Silence; through expression in our Fundamental, your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, and in the harmony of the Holy Spirit.
One God, forever and ever. Amen.