Anna Olson

Anna Olson is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary and Stanford University, and was ordained in the Diocese of Los Angeles in 2000. She is currently serving in the Episcopal Diocese of Washington as the Director of the School for Christian Faith and Leadership. Previously, she served as rector of

Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church, Los Angeles’ only historic Japanese-American Episcopal church. Her interests and expertise in parish ministry include working with historic congregations to connect with the needs and gifts of new neighbors; developing models for multilingual and inculturated liturgy; liturgy in public spaces; and opening space for marginalized communities to reshape and revitalize the church. She has a partner and two kids, is fluent in Spanish and holds a second-degree black belt in taekwondo.

Anna's first book, Claiming Resurrection in the Dying Church: Freedom Beyond Survival, was published by Westminster John Knox Press April 1, 2016. Learn more here.

Updated December 5, 2023.