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Kronberg was raised in a small town in Minnesota with his sister and two
brothers. When his family moved to California while he was in high school,
he traded in his snowboard for a surfboard and began a search to find
life’s ultimate meaning.
At Westmont College, he earned a double major in Philosophy and Communication
Studies and found himself in an environment where he could thrive both
intellectually and spiritually. Late night discussions about the meaning
and mysteries of life, friends who shared his passion for living out their
faith and serving the poor, professors who served as both intellectual
and spiritual role models. All of these things were central to developing
his character and helping him become the person he is now.
A love for nature, exploration, and a desire to live a life of simplicity
were fostered during the 3 summers Matt led backpacking trips and hikes
in Yosemite for a Christian adventure camp.
Before heading off to study ministry and theology at seminary in Chicago,
Matt met and married his wife, Summer, in the spring of 2000. He and his
wife are now living in Decorah, Iowa as Matt serves as the interim pastor
at a 5-year old church plant, which wasn’t where they would have
guessed God would be leading them. Matt explains, “I’ve always
had a passion for helping people to find belonging, find community, and
live out the life they were meant to live, but I didn’t realize
that the local church would be the place for me to fulfill this desire.”
While at first Matt did not realize that the avenue to foster these things
would be the local church, he does see it now. “I have come to see
that the Church is God’s avenue of transformation in this world.
God can and will do whatever he chooses, but for some reason he has made
it clear that the Church is THE avenue for personal and societal transformation.
While church may look different in different cultural and generational
contexts, the foundations always stay the same—a community of people
whose lives are rooted in Jesus Christ and intertwined with one another.
It is only in such a context that one can even begin to find the fullness
of life we long for. It is only then that we can begin to have right relationships
with God and with others. While true reconciliation will not occur fully
until Christ comes again, we can begin now in community, in church.”
While Matt continues serving in pastoral ministry, he hopes to one day
write more books on spirituality and Christian living.