Staff

Rev. Ian OliverPastor of the University Church and Senior Associate Chaplain for Protestant Life

Ian Oliver is Pastor of the University Church in Yale, the ecumenical student church on campus – and the direct descendent of the oldest college church in America. Rev. Oliver also liaises between Yale and the many Christian student ministries on campus. In addition, he is an instructor in homiletics at the Yale Divinity School and advisor to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ students at YDS. He is also a Fellow at Berkeley College. Previously, he was University Chaplain at Bucknell University, and Associate Chaplain at the Kodaikanal International School in South India. Ian is a native of El Paso, Texas. He studied at Amherst College and the University of Chicago Divinity School. He was ordained to the ministry in the United Church of Christ at Wellington Avenue UCC in Chicago in 1990. His most recent publications on chaplaincy are a sermon “Dispatches from the Front Lines” in the Yale Divinity School magazine “Reflections” and an essay “In Coffin’s Pulpit:  Re-envisioning Protestant Religious Culture” in College and University Chaplaincy in the 21st Century (Lucy Forster-Smith, ed., SkyLight Paths, 2013).

Rev. Candice ProveyAssociate Pastor/Associate University Chaplain

Candice Ryals Provey joined the University Church as the Associate Pastor in June 2012. Most recently, she directed the civic service initiative, Duke Alums Engage, as well as leadership opportunities and continuing education for women graduates with the Duke University alumni association. She also served as the minister to young adults for First Presbyterian Church in Durham, North Carolina. She is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Candice earned her Masters of Divinity at Duke Divinity School, where she received the award for Biblical Excellence and the Jameson Jones Preaching Award in 2010. As an undergraduate at Duke, she was a scholar in the Duke Chapel Pathways program.  After graduating in 2004, she spent several years in public health working with HIV+ adults and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi. She lives in New Haven with her husband, Ren, and their son, Elijah.

Briallen HopperFaculty Fellow

Bri has been part of the UCY community since 2010. She grew up and went to college in Tacoma, Washington, got a PhD in American literature at Princeton, and studied divinity at Yale for two years before becoming a Lecturer in the Yale English department, where she teaches academic and creative writing. She is a member of Broadway United Church of Christ in New York City, and she writes about religion and other topics for publications including the Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Religion & Politics, Killing the Buddha, and Sacred Matters. She loves East Rock Park, Modern Apizza, and old movies.

Gabriel Benton, UCY Organist

Born in 1991, Gabriel Benton is a keyboardist with a passion for bringing early music alive to contemporary audiences. He received his Bachelor’s degree in harpsichord performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he also worked as a church organist and keyboard technician. In addition to performing on historical keyboards and organ, Gabriel sang in choirs and played recorder with the Oberlin Baroque Orchestra and Mountainside Baroque. In the Spring of 2016, he completed a Master’s degree in historical performance at The Juilliard School where he played keyboards and recorders with the period instrument orchestra Juilliard415. He has performed across the country, recently appearing at the Boston Early Music Festival and with the New World Symphony. He has won several awards including the York Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, the Harold Hunt Organ Scholarship, the Earl Russel Award in Historical Performance, and two summer workshop scholarships from Early Music America. Turning his interest increasingly toward church music, Gabriel is currently studying organ at the Yale School of Music.

Hannah Carr, UCY Choir Co-Director

Hannah’s interest in music began with writing pop songs on the piano for no one to hear. She was chorister and head girl in a cathedral choir for six years in her native Limerick, Ireland while in high school, and here she developed a love of choral and sacred music. She then took her undergraduate degree in Music with a composition major at Trinity College Dublin, where she cofounded and conducted the official Music Department Chamber Choir, Campanile Consort and won the Gerard Victory prize for her composition portfolio. She went on to pursue an advanced diploma in Choral Conducting with Peter Erdei at the Kodály Institute in Hungary and was given a presentation upon completion for outstanding academic achievement. She received the highest bursary prize awarded by the Irish Arts Council to an individual for travel and training in the field of Choral Conducting in both 2009 and 2010. In addition to working as a conductor with both youth and adult choirs in Boston and New York, Hannah has performed in classical music as an organist, pianist and singer. 

Emilie CaseyLiturgical Coordinator

Emilie Casey graduated with her MDiv from Yale Divinity School and Yale’s Institute of Sacred Music in 2016. During Emilie’s time at Yale, she served as a chapel minister at YDS’s Marquand Chapel, as well as at Trinity Lutheran Church, Manhattan. She is currently seeking ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). Prior to her time at Yale, she studied music education with a focus on clarinet at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Emilie is currently pursuing her Master of Sacred Theology at YDS with a special focus on gender and liturgy. Emilie loves Miya’s Sushi, farmers markets, gardening, and riding her bicycle.

Jacob Swindells, UCY Choir Co-Director

Jacob is from Brighton, England.  Read for a BA in Music at Merton College, Oxford.  Served as Director of Music at St. Andrew Old Church, Hove from 2009-2012 and Assistant Music Director of the Brighton Rainbow Chorus.   His Oxford resume includes:  Bass Choral scholar in Merton College Choir; Diverse experience arranging for the Oxford Gargoyles, the University’s premier Jazz A Cappella group. My funk a cappella setting of the Anglican canticles ‘Magnifiscat and Funk Dimittis’ has been broadcast twice on BBC Radio, and led 10 choral youth workshops run by the Oxford Gargoyles in Hong Kong Schools, Spring 2013.