Misa Magdalena

3820 Aspen Hill Rd.
Silver Spring, MD 20906


The Reverend Anna Olson

    The Reverend Anna Olson is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity ‘98) and Stanford University (Bachelor of Arts in History ‘93). She is canonically resident in the Diocese of Los Angeles and living since 2019 in the Diocese of Washington DC. 

     In addition to her role as  pastor to Misa Magdalena, she serves as Associate Program Director at Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary, where she oversees the implementation of a new leadership development project for the seminary’s graduating students. 

     She  served from 2019-2021 as Director of External Relations for Cristosal, a human rights organization working in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. For Anna, working for Cristosal connected directly to years of advocacy for and ministry with Central American diaspora communities in the United States. While defending

people’s ability to seek protection and livelihood through migration, she believes in defending equally fiercely people’s ability to thrive in their communities and countries of origin.

     From 2011-2019, Anna served as Rector of Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church, an historic Japanese-American congregation in the diverse Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles.  At St. Mary’s she was able to develop her interest and expertise in working with historic congregations to connect with the needs and gifts of new neighbors, developing models for multilingual and inculturated liturgy and preaching, public liturgy, and leadership and congregational development strategies for the post-Christendom church. Under her leadership, St. Mary’s developed significant neighborhood relationships, innovative ministry with neighbors experiencing homelessness, and a 24-7 presence as a hub of community activity in Koreatown.

     Anna has also served as the Los Angeles director for CLUE (Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice), Rector of Trinity Church in the East Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles, Associate Rector at St. Luke’s Church in downtown Long Beach, Associate Rector of Holy Faith Church in Inglewood, CA and organizer for the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union.

     She is the author of Claiming Resurrection in the Dying Church: Freedom Beyond Survival (Westminster John Knox, 2016) as well as a number of published articles.


Misa los domingos a las 1:00 pm 
Teléfono: 301-871-7660
Reverenda Anna Olsen