Rev Ian Oliver

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Senior Associate Chaplain for Protestant Life & Pastor of the University Church in Yale; Lecturer Divinity School


Ian Oliver is Pastor of the University Church, leading weekly Christian worship, preaching, teaching and learning from the amazing group of students and older adults who form the congregation.   In addition, he liaises with all the Protestant/Evangelical/Pentecostal Christian ministries on campus on behalf of the university.  He is also an instructor in interfaith leadership for Christian ministers at the Yale Divinity School and advisor to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ students at YDS.

Previously, he was University Chaplain at Bucknell University, and Associate Chaplain at the Kodaikanal International School in South India.  He studied at Amherst College and the University of Chicago Divinity School.

His most recent publications on chaplaincy include 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).

Ian has also served as a consultant visiting campuses to lead workshops on “Secularity and the Liberal Arts,” helping campuses understand how their religious/secular identity can effect student learning.

Some of Ian’s sermons can be found at