Ozan Say has been a parishioner at St. Thomas’s since 2015 and served as an acolyte for the past two years. He is a native of Turkey and has a Ph.D. in Folklore (Indiana University, Bloomington) specializing in festivals, rituals, migration, and ethnoreligious identities. He works as an adviser at the Yale Office of International Students and Scholars, mostly working with international Yale College undergraduates. Prior to coming to New Haven, he taught at Indiana University and Bridgewater State University, in topics ranging from ethnography of communication to mythology, and from folklore to Middle Eastern anthropology. He lives with his wife Sarah Insley, which means Ozan is also a “choir widow”; 13-month-old daughter Evelyn “Evie” Say, who was baptized at St Thomas’s last June; and their 5-year-old cairn terrier, Bertie. Ozan has a green thumb and he loves fishing on the shores of the Aegean when he is back home.