Meet the Director

Kristine O'Brien began work at Crieff Hills in the fall of 2018, and moved on site with her family in 2019.   

She 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 and then served Trafalgar Presbyterian Church in Oakville for sixteen years. 

She earned a Doctor of Ministry in 2017 with a focus on justice and contemplative practice. 

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,

Kristine shares her life with her husband Pat, who is a funeral director, her four grown children, and a rescue Airedale named Minnie. She loves wilderness canoe trips, visiting beautiful gardens, and seeding the occasional flat of kale.  

Kristine - head shot
Kristine - head shot