Olah to Retire after Seven Years as District Superintendent

March 20, 2015

The Rev. Kristie L. Olah, District Superintendent for the El Camino Real District and Dean of the Cabinet, has announced her intention to retire on September 1.  Her retirement will be recognized at this year's Annual Conference Session. 
Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr. said, "Kristie has given outstanding leadership as a District Superintendent and as Dean of the Cabinet. She has led the development of the El Camino Real District."  He added, "Under her leadership, numerous new congregations and new language ministries have been developed."
Olah began serving as a District Superintendent under Bishop Beverly J. Shamana in July of 2008 in the former San Jose District.  As the annual conference restructured and new districts were formed, Olah became the first District Superintendent of the El Camino Real District. 
Olah says, “I have felt deeply called into the ministry of superintendency.”
Olah says there are joys and challenges in supervising the 88 diverse congregations that make up the El Camino Real District.  "I am passionate about helping each faith community, in its own unique context, to prayerfully seek out and live God's call to be disciples and invited others into a life of grace and hope through Jesus Christ," she said.
Olah says she has been inspired and honored to serve with an excellent Cabinet team of superintendents and with Bishop Brown.  "I love the relationships I have built with them and with leaders and pastors in so many churches.  What a blessing to serve among them all.  They have called me deep into my own faith," she added.
“As I enter the retired relationship, I look forward to continuing to serve in ministry as a volunteer, especially in the areas of leadership development, discipleship, and consulting with local churches.  
Prior to serving as a District Superintendent, Olah pastored St. Andrew's United Methodist Church in Palo Alto, was Minister of Discipleship at Los Altos United Methodist Church, and Senior Pastor of the Good Samaritan United Methodist Church in Cupertino.
Olah, who was born in New Jersey and raised in La Crosse, Wisconsin, earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a Master of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion (PSR) in Berkeley. 
She is a lifelong Methodist and was an active layperson for nearly 20 years before answering a call to ordained ministry. 
Olah, who resides in Sunnyvale, is married to Robert Olah, a semiconductor design engineer, and they have three adult children and four grandsons.