The Rev. Matthew S.C. Olver, Ph.D. was raised in the Brethren in Christ tradition and sensed a vocation to Christian ministry at a young age. A trained musician, he studied literature as an undergraduate and during that period was introduced to Anglicanism and the possibility of a vocation to the priesthood. In 2005, he was ordained in the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, which began eight years of full-time pastoral ministry: first at St. John’s Episcopal Church and School (2005-06) and then from 2006-2013 as the assistant rector at Church of the Incarnation, Dallas. There, he oversaw adult formation as well as the parish’s renowned music and liturgy program and also served as the diocesan Ecumenical Officer (2005-2010) and on the Executive Council of the diocese (2008-2011). From 2006-2015, 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.
His other research interests include sacramental theology, the development of doctrine, ecclesiology and ecumenism, the Roman Canon, and the history of Anglican liturgy.
He has articles published in the Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Nova et Vetera, Antiphon, and the Anglican Theological Review with chapters in a number of collected volumes. He has published multiple essays in The Living Church and is a contributor to their blog, Covenant. In March of 2018, Fr. Olver defended his doctoral dissertation entitled, “Hoc est sacrificium laudis: The influence of Hebrews on the origin, structure, and theology of the Roman Canon Missae” under the direction of Susan Wood, SCL.