The Rev. Kristie Olah was installed as San Jose District Superintendent, on Saturday, August 2. California-Nevada Conference Bishop Beverly J. Shamana joined other well-wishers at the celebration at The Good Samaritan United Methodist Church in Cupertino, which Olah pastored from 2003 to June 30 of this year.
The Rev. Bob Chicou, pastor of Evergreen Valley United Methodist Church in San Jose, said afterward, “I would like to thank all who made Saturday's installation meaningful and special. It was great to worship with you and celebrate with you. It was a great day for Kristie and a day that glorified God.”
A life-long Methodist, Olah has lived in the San Jose District for 14 years and served in a number of leadership positions before following a call into ordained ministry. As pastor, she served at St. Andrew’s UMC and Los Altos UMC before being appointed to Good Samaritan.
After her appointment as superintendent was announced, Olah said, “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.”