Matthew S. C. Olver, PhD (cand)

Job Title: 

Assistant Professor of Liturgics


(214) 629-3240



PhD (cand), Marquette University; MDiv, Duke University Divinity School; BA, Wheaton College


Fr. Olver 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 began to consider the priesthood. His seminary studies at Duke piqued his interest in liturgical studies and ecumenism and upon graduation the faculty awarded him the Hoyt Hickman Award for Outstanding Liturgical Scholarship and Practice. In 2005, he moved to serve in the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas and was ordained deacon, 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 served as the diocesan Ecumenical Officer (2005-2010) and Executive Council (2008-2011). Since 2006, he has been a member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Consultation in the U.S. (ARCUSA).

His other research interests include sacramental theology, the development of doctrine, ecclesiology and ecumenism, the Roman Canon, and the history of Anglican liturgy.

In 2012, his essay, “Documented Ecumenism: Why the Anglican Covenant is the Hope for Anglicanism and its Ecumenical Calling,” was included in Pro Communione: Theological Essays on the Anglican Covenant (Wipf and Stock). An article of his on ecclesiology and Anglican thinking on contraception was published in 2015 in the Journal of Ecumenical Studies and he has articles forthcoming in Nova et Vetera, Antiphon, and the Anglican Theological Review. He has published multiple essays in The Living Church and is a contributor to their blog, Covenant

His doctoral thesis is a study of the Roman Canon as an example of the way in which scriptural exegesis can be seen in early liturgical texts and expands our understanding of the origins of early liturgies.





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