Matthew Dallman is married and the father of five children. He is a Priest in the Diocese of Springfield (The Episcopal Church) and serves the Parish of Tazewell County, in greater Peoria. He is an Oblate of Saint Benedict with the Saint Benet Biscop Chapter of Saint John's Abbey, Collegeville. He is the founder of the Akenside Institute for English Spirituality and Akenside Press, and he is the leading authority on the theology of Martin Thornton. He is a trained musician who has composed for films and wedding ceremonies, and hobbies include baking sourdough bread and making varieties of mead.

He was raised a Lutheran (ELCA) but did not find home until age 35, when he stepped into St Paul’s, Riverside. Within months he began to pursue a Master of Arts in Liturgical Ministry at Chicago’s Catholic Theological Union (May, 2014) then also a Master in Theological Studies in Anglican Studies (focusing on the work of Martin Thornton) (May 2015), from Wisconsin’s Nashotah House seminary. 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 parochial 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 born in metropolitan Washington, DC but grew up near Milwaukee. He played many sports and focused on football for which he was quarterback. He and Hannah have also lived in Chicago, Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Boston, and Brooklyn.
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