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.

Sarah Noble, Choir Co-Director

Sarah Noble is from the Detroit area and earned her B.M. with a concentration in vocal music education from Wayne State University, summa cum laude and with departmental honors. As an undergraduate student, Noble was a professional chorister at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Detroit and was a counselor and assistant conductor at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, MI. She is passionate about cross-curricular and interdisciplinary study and pedagogy, specifically within the realms of music, literature, and the performance arts. Noble enjoys teaching, making music of all kinds, traveling, and performing in musical theater productions.

Oscar OsickiUCY Choir Co-Director

Oscar Osicki is a student at the Yale School of Music and Yale Institute of Sacred Music, completing a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting. He comes from the Cotswolds in England. Before coming to Yale, Oscar completed a Bachelor’s degree in Music at the University of Cambridge, graduating with Double First-Class Honors. While at Cambridge, he was a Choral Scholar with the award-winning Choir of Trinity College Cambridge, directed by Stephen Layton, recently voted 5th Best Choir in the World. Asides from choral music, Oscar loves composing, and has composed music to accompany films for professional studios, as well as several student films. His YouTube channel, Inside the Score, aims to provide a free education on Classical Music and Film Music, and has a following of over 80,000 subscribers. Beyond music, Oscar enjoys meeting new people, exercising, and travelling. 

 

Chase Loomer, Organist

Chase Loomer is a master’s student at the Yale University Institute of Sacred Music, where he studies organ with Martin Jean. He completed his Bachelor of Music in organ performance at the Eastman School of Music, where he was a student of David Higgs. A native of Charlotte, NC, Chase’s accomplishments include: First prize, 2018 Taylor Organ Competition; first prize, 2015 AGO/Quimby Southeast Regional Competition for Young Organists; and first prize, 2015 Sarasota-Manatee AGO Chapter Competition. Recently, he was a semifinalist in the Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition. He also received the Robert Baker Scholarship from the Yale ISM, awarded annually to a first year organ student. In addition to Battell, Chase is one of the organists at Marquand Chapel of the Yale Divinity School. He has presented concerts throughout the country and has been featured on the radio broadcast, Pipedreams Live! on several occasions. In addition to organ, Chase’s interests include weightlifting, singing, and jazz piano.

Claire RepsholdtLiturgical Coordinator 

Claire Repsholdt is completing her third year of her master’s of divinity at Yale Divinity School en route to ordination as a parish minister of Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She hails from Mundelein, IL, but as a graduate of Indiana University she’s especially fond of The Hoosier State. Her family is small, Lutheran, and conversational. She arrived at Divinity via History and finds herself seeking the sublime in such stuff as the French Revolution and the Rite of Spring. Though William Faulkner is her favorite author, she had a great time studying ancient Hebrew last summer and can’t get enough of the book of Job. Through her studies at YDS, she’s preparing to steel the church for at minimum another 502 glorious years by thinking creatively about how to adapt theology, liturgy, and the historic preservation of sacred space to meet current opportunities. She is prayerfully curious to discover exactly how her future work will take shape, but she is certain it will be colorful. 

 

Torianto Johnson, YDS Intern

Torianto S. Johnson is a student at Yale Divinity School in the Master of Arts in Religion program concentrating in theology.  While he is ordained as a minister within the Pentecostal tradition, he is currently seeking to move in a different direction.  Torianto comes to the UCY from Varick Memorial AME Zion Church in New Haven, CT, where he preached, taught Bible study, and led worship.  When he is not studying, preparing to preach or teach, he loves spending time with his wife and four children.