Staff

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

Ian Oliver has served as Pastor of the University Church in Yale since 2008.  He also liaises between Yale and the many Christian student ministries on campus. He is also an instructor in interfaith community building at the Yale Divinity School. He is 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).  His peculiar interests of the moment are: Protestant identity in secular America, 4th Century Christianity and paganism, and the nature of the secular in higher education.

Rev. Jenny Peek, Associate Pastor/Associate University Chaplain

Jenny Peek is the Associate Pastor of the University Church in Yale. In addition to serving the UCY community, Jenny is also an Associate University Chaplain, working within the Chaplain’s Office to serve Yale’s wider community. Around campus, Jenny can be found meeting one-on-one with students, staff, and UCY congregants, leading monthly W{holy} Queer discussions, facilitating retreats and spring break trips, planning programming for the graduate and professional community, and serving as a Fellow at Morse College. Jenny is ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church, (U.S.A.). She attended Yale Divinity School, where she received a Master of Divinity with certificates in Educational Leadership Ministry and Reformed Studies. Prior to her time at Yale, Jenny worked for the Network for Victim Recovery of DC as a case manager and Lutheran Volunteer Corps volunteer and earned her B.A. in Psychology from Grinnell College. As a native Coloradan, Jenny loves exploring new pockets of the East Coast and can often be found playing the djembe, listening to musicals, or enjoying breakfast at all times of the day.

Nathaniel GumbsDirector of Chapel Music

Nathaniel (“Nat”) Gumbs has had many years of diverse experience in church music. He grew up at Trinity Baptist Church in the Bronx.  As an undergraduate music major at the Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia, he held part-time positions in Lutheran, Episcopal, and Presbyterian churches. In 2011, he received the Master of Music degree in Organ from Yale University (YSM and ISM), where he also served as organist for Marquand Chapel. Since graduating from Yale, he worked as Director of Music and Arts at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC where he oversaw 350-400 volunteer musicians and staff, in four choirs and other ensembles, and also serves as Sunday organist. He is completing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music.  This year, the Diapason Magazine named him among the top “20 under 30” organists in the United States.

Natalie BensonSam Slie Fellow and UCY Intern

Natalie is a second year student at Yale Divinity School and is pursuing her Master’s of Divinity. She will also be starting on the journey towards ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America this fall. She hopes to someday serve as a university chaplain. A proud Midwesterner- Natalie grew up in Bloomington, IL and later went to the University of Indianapolis, where she studied Psychology and Religion. In college, she discovered a deeper connection to her Lutheran faith through interfaith dialogue. She is interested in spaces where people of many backgrounds and perspectives can gather to truly see and be seen by others. There’s nothing she loves more than a good story. She loves exploring the East Coast, especially beaches and historical cemeteries!

Meghan StollUCY Choir Director

Meghan Stoll (M.M. choral conducting ’21) joins the ISM having recently received her Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory, where she studied conducting with Dr. Gregory Ristow and voice with Timothy LeFebvre. She has conducted with Oberlin Chamber Ensembles and Oberlin Musical Union. In addition to her work as a choral conductor, Stoll is active on the operatic stage. She has portrayed Mère Marie in Dialogues des Carmélites and Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti with Oberlin Opera Theater. Beyond music, Meghan enjoys working out, spending time with her three sisters, and exploring her home state of Maine.

Phoebe OlerLiturgical Coordinator 

Phoebe Oler is a second year Master of Divinity student at Yale Divinity School and Berkeley Divinity School, the Episcopal Seminary at Yale. She worked as an intern at Boston University’s Marsh Chapel where she sang in the Chapel Choir, led interfaith study retreats, and helped lead Sunday worship. Phoebe also held a part time position at the Miller Center for Interreligious Learning and Leadership, a non-profit that facilitates space for diverse religious and ethical leaders to cultivate relationships and develop skills to best serve in a pluralistic society. Phoebe just completed her contextual education at Convergence on Campus, a non-profit that supports religious, secular, and spiritual minorities on college campuses, and will continue working for the organization as the Director of Training and Facilitation. Phoebe wants to be a college chaplain and continue working in the non-profit sector.

 

Noah Klein, Organist

Noah Klein recently graduated from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University with a BM in Organ Performance, studying under Dr. Janette Fishell. He was the Musical Intern for Tabernacle Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. Back home in Northfield, Minnesota, Noah plays for local churches in the area as well as organ recital series throughout southern Minnesota. He was the winner of the Great Lakes Regional RYCO at the 2019 regional AGO convention in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Noah also had the opportunity during the summer of 2019 to play at Trinity Church Wall Street in New York City as part of their “First Friday” series, which features undergraduate and graduate organ students from leading music conservatories across the US and Canada. He is pursuing his Master in Music degree at the Yale School of Music/Institute of Sacred Music, studying with Prof. Martin Jean.