Pastors & Staff

Rev. Renée Rico, Transitional Pastor
408-294-7254 ext. 201

The Reverend Renée Rico confesses to be both excited and challenged by the opportunities of ministry in these times in the church. She received her undergraduate degree in Mathematical Economics from Pomona College, and had a first career as an analyst and manager working for the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington DC. Upon graduation from San Francisco Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree, Renée began her “accidental intentional interim” ministry career, serving in churches across the West as interim solo, head of staff and associate pastor positions in both the Presbyterian Church and United Methodist Church. Most recently, she served as the transitional pastor for University Presbyterian Church in Fresno, CA.

Outside of church, Renée has many interests, including a love of Mexican food, knitting (she teaches and designs her own line of patterns) and fiber spinning, and is a certified aquatics fitness instructor. Her two cats, Izzie and Brandy, are her companions at home.


Rev. Kristie Olah, Associate Pastor for Discipleship and Leadership Development

Rev. Kristie Olah is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church with over 20 years of ministry as a pastor. She is a lifelong Methodist and was delighted to serve three United Methodist Churches in our area: St. Andrew’s in Palo Alto, Minister of Discipleship of the Los Altos UMC, and the Good Samaritan UMC in Cupertino. From 2008 through August 2015, she served as Superintendent of the El Camino Real District, including our own First UMC San Jose. Since her retirement in 2015, Kristie leads retreats and workshops with churches in the areas of discipleship, leadership development, and spirituality.

Kristie earned a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin. She worked in marketing research and as a teaching aide before following a call into ministry. She earned her Master of Divinity degree from the Pacific School of Religion. Kristie’s husband Bob is a retired Silicon Valley design engineer. They have three grown children and four grandsons. Kristie enjoys travel, a little photography, reading, walking, and time with family.


Gerardo Vazquez-Padilla, Spanish-speaking Ministry Pastor


Susan Cassens, Church Administrator
408-294-7254 ext.203

Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 9:30am–4:00pm