About Chuck

Dr. Chuck Fromm, the founder of Worship Leader Magazine, is one of the most influential voices and caring stewards of Christian worship ministry and worship music in contemporary culture. Chronologically, his roots go back to the formational years of the Jesus Movement and Maranatha! Music. Theologically, however, his heart is rooted in the larger history of God’s worship—past, present and future, and the whole family of God’s worshippers in Christ—trans-generationally, cross-culturally and polyphonically.

This passion is what has given birth and shape to Worship Leader Magazine and it attendant ministries, including the National Worship Leader Conferences (NWLC). Chuck has always been quite intentional to include a rich diversity of trustworthy leaders for the conferences, even as he works hard to help conferees celebrate the unity which can only be found in Jesus—the ultimate worship leader and worship center. Thus, to attend a WLM conference is to be stretched by the breadth of God’s worshippers and humbled by the grace of the God we worship.

This is why New Song has become important language and a fresh branding to capture the heart and the art of Worship Leader Magazine and its conferences. New Song is one of many metaphors the Bible uses to summarize the unfolding history of redemption which is taking place through the person and work of Jesus (Ps 33:3, Ps 40:3, Ps 96:1, Ps 98:1, Psalm 144:9, Ps 149:1, Is 42:10, Rev 5:9, and Rev14:3). Jesus is gathering his pan-national Bride from the nations and throughout history (Rev 5:9, 7:9). He is filling her heart with the New Song of the gospel… He is singing the New Song over her with great rejoicing (Zeph 3:17)… He has commissioned her to sing the New Song in the community and among the nations (Ps 96:1), until he returns to finish making all things new (Rev 21:5).

Dr. Fromm has lectured in several universities including an adjunct position at the University of Southern California, Annenberg School of Communication. Chuck and his wife Stephanie, live in San Juan Capistrano, California.


Chuck and Stephanie Fromm

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Chuck Fromm is the Publisher and founder of Worship Leader magazine and CEO of its parent company Worship Leader Media. The latter is a pioneering nondenominational communications company that serves churches through remediating ancient content in contemporary language and imagery. He has lectured on communications, theology, and worship at graduate schools and seminaries (Princeton, Fuller Theological Seminary, Liberty University, Baylor, and USC, Annenberg, among others).

Chuck holds a PhD from the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary. He received a communication award from Fuller for his doctoral thesis Textual Communities and New Song in the Multimedia Age: The Routinization of Charisma in the Jesus Movement. He has founded numerous print and digital-based magazines, as well as creating diverse learning environments for pastors, worship leaders, technologists and more.

Chuck Fromm has served as an adjunct at USC in the Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism, teaching “Communicating Religion.” He presented “New Song the Sound of Spiritual Awakening” at Oxford, and co-presented “The Odes of Solomon” At Fuller Theological Seminary (with James H. Charlesworth and Lee McDonald).

Chuck entered into the recording business from the field of city management when he was 25. As President of Maranatha! Music for 22 years, he developed the series: Praise (that launched an entirely new genre—Praise & Worship—fueling an industry and a movement), Kids Praise, Psalms Alive!, and The Words of Worship. His leadership there was rewarded with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Gospel Music Association in ’90 and a President’s award from the National Religious Broadcasters in ’91, as well as a Grammy (Best Children’s recording 1992, A Cappella Kids) produced and released by his recording label.