Bishop Beverly J. Shamana has announced the appointment of the Rev. Kristie Olah to District Superintendent of the San Jose District, effective July 1, 2008. The Rev. Olah will succeed the Rev. Nymphas Edwards, who has served as San Jose District Superintendent since 2002.
Olah expressed “surprise and excitement” at the appointment, colored by sadness at leaving her congregation. It was announced at The Good Samaritan United Methodist Church in Cupertino, where she serves as senior pastor, on Sunday, May 25.
“I am honored to be following Rev. Nymphas Edwards into this leadership position,” Olah says. “For me it’s an important time in the conference and in the Church as we continue to live out our vision of being transformational in people’s lives and in communities.
“Discipleship and leadership development, especially among the various cultures of our church, has long been a passion of mine and I look forward to being challenged into exploring new ways of living out that call in the greater conference context,” she adds.
A lifelong Methodist, Olah was active as a lay member for nearly 20 years before following a call into ordained ministry. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Divinity degree from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California, and was ordained an elder in the California-Nevada Annual Conference in 1996.
Olah has lived in the San Jose District for 14 years and has had a number of leadership positions. She currently is co-Chair of the Order of Elders.
She is married to Robert Olah, a semiconductor design engineering manager. They have three adult children and two grandsons.