About Me

I’ve done a variety things, but through it all, I’ve landed primarily on researching, writing, teaching, educating, and equipping others. That’s the common thread between all the things I’ve been doing.

Early Music Years

I started my adult life with passion for music. While studying for my BA in Music Education at Point Loma Nazarene University, I realized my love for music was very personal. Once music became an obligation I lost motivation. Arranging, directing, or teaching music became my practical way of incorporating music into my life and helping others.

Ethics and Advocacy

I am also passionate about religion, ethics, philosophy, and politics (specifically peace work). My Masters of Arts in Theology from Fuller Seminary enriched my worldview deeply. It also enabled me to teach Church History at European Nazarene College in Buesingen, Germany.

Church History

Graduating students of EuNC in 2004 with faculty and staff

While in Germany I had the opportunity to help EuNC build it’s online program using a Learning Management System called Moodle. I also had the opportunity to build the local church’s website — my first! Since then I’ve recognized and been enthralled with the power and utility of the online medium for education and public discourse.

U.S. Religious History

SDSU U.S. History TAs with Professor Edward Blum, 2014.

From 2011 to 2013 I studied History at San Diego State University. I was thrilled to study under Edward Blum, Lawrence Baron, and Rebecca Moore. They were my reading committee for my Master’s thesis: “Religious Patriotism During World War I: A Tri-Faith Perspective”.

WordPress and Community

Wide landscape image of Matt Cromwell presenting on a relevant WordPress topic at WordCamp Los Angeles 2015
Matt presenting at WordCamp Los Angeles in 2015. Photo credit: Found Art Photography.

Through these years, I worked as a Web Developer to help fund my studies. I’ve been honored to work with McClane Creative, IFPDesigns, and FooPlugins over the last few years. I also served as Assistant Web Editor for the Journal of Southern Religion, from Florida State University, in 2014.

Those early years of getting to know WordPress introduced me to the Advanced WordPress Facebook group, where I soon became an admin. Michael Bastos asked me to take over as lead admin in 2014 and since then we have grown to a massive 40K+ global community. It’s still one of my favorite places on the internet to learn more about WordPress and engage with the broader WordPress Community.

Business Leadership

From left to right, Devin Walker, Jason Knill, myself. My business partners whom I serve proudly with at Impress.org

This current phase I life I call “Business Leadership”. I’ve been blessed to find myself partnering with Devin Walker and Jason Knill in building up our business at Impress.org (formerly WordImpress.com). 

I am Head of Support and Community Outreach. We are building and supporting products for WordPress that I’m very proud of. I’m excited to be working with a team that understands and embraces the Open Source philosophy as well as business strategy and marketing.

One thing I really enjoy at WordImpress is working on Give. It’s our donation plugin for WordPress. How I WISH Give existed when I first was building sites for non-profits. Hear out my “Case for Give” to learn about all the reasons why I think it’s the perfect solution for any nonprofit on WordPress.

Before all of those things, I am a husband and father. I have dedicated one section of this website to my family because a site about me is incomplete without them. Due to the extremely public nature of all things digital, that section will be primarily for musings about home life, family life, gardening, home brewing, and other things I love to do with my family.

If you’re reading this paragraph, you’re a real trooper. Thanks for being here. Send me a message through any of my social channels and say hi.

Matt Cromwell