Matthew S.C. Olver

Matthew Olver

Matthew Olver

Assistant Professor of Liturgics & Pastoral Theology,
Nashotah House Theological Seminary

Nashotah, Wisconsin

Biography

Fr. Olver joined Nashotah House in 2014 and teaches courses in the history of Christian worship, practical liturgics, early Christian liturgy, ecclesiology and ecumenism, and pastoral theology. His research interests include sacramental theology, early liturgical development, early Latin liturgy and the origin of the Roman Canon, as well as the development of Anglican liturgy. He has presented lectures and papers in the United States and around the world, authored a number of the entries on liturgy in the fourth edition of The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (ed. Andrew Louth), and is a regular contributor to the Covenant blog of The Living Church. He has articles published in the Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Nova et Vetera, Antiphon, Studia Liturgica, Anglican Theological Review, Journal of Anglican Studies, Worship, Questions Liturgiques, and Studia Patristica, with chapters in a number of collected volumes.

Fr. Olver serves the church at both diocesan and local levels. In 2005, he was ordained in the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, which launched eight years of full-time pastoral ministry: first at St. John’s Episcopal Church and School (2005-06) and then as the assistant rector at  Church of the Incarnation, Dallas (2006-2013). There, he oversaw adult formation as well as the parish’s renowned music and liturgy program, and also served the diocese as the Ecumenical Officer (2005-2010) and on the Executive Council (2008-2011). From 2006 to 2015, he was a member of the  Anglican-Roman Catholic Consultation in the U.S. (ARCUSA), the official dialogue between the Episcopal Church and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and from 2018-2021, he was a member the Task Force on Liturgical and Prayer Book Revision for the Episcopal Church and is a delegate to the next General Convention.

Fr. Olver was raised in the Brethren in Christ tradition in southern Pennsylvania and sensed a call to a vocation in Christian ministry at a young age. A trained musician, he was introduced to Anglicanism as an undergraduate. Fr. Olver’s hobbies include running, rock climbing with his son, novels and films, and backyard chickens. He and his wife Kristen married in 2001, and they have two children. He and his family attend Zion Episcopal Church in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, where he is an assistant priest.

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