Meet the Director
Kristine O'Brien studied music and English Literature at McMaster University before completing a Master of Divinity degree at Knox College, University of Toronto. After being ordained at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Strathroy Ontario, Kristine stayed for five years. She then served Trafalgar Presbyterian Church in Oakville for sixteen years, during which time she earned a Doctor of Ministry with a focus on justice and contemplative practice. She began work at Crieff Hills in the fall of 2018.
With a long history in camping ministry, including service on two Synod camp boards and two years as the Director at Camp Iona (Bala), Kristine is deeply rooted in the practice of Christian hospitality. She also loves the outdoors and is a passionate gardener which she writes about in her blog, bloomingreverend.com
Kristine shares her life with her husband Pat, who is a funeral director, her four almost-grown-up children, and a rescue Airedale named Minnie. She loves wilderness canoe trips, visiting beautiful gardens, and seeding the occasional flat of kale.