Alana Oehler

Alana directs the physical operations of the church office, coordinates church activities, prepares the Sunday bulletins, and supports and supervises paid and volunteer office staff. Email:

Where did you grow up and how did you make your way to Austin?
I was born here in Austin, grew up in Houston (Deer Park). We moved back to Austin to be closer to family.

What is your former work experience?
In addition to my 30+ years as a high school teacher, I also have 20+ years in a variety of office manager/admin. assistant positions.

When did you start at Oak Hill UMC?
We joined in February 2009. I began as the office manager in March 2020.

What are your primary duties?
I serve as the entry point for inquiries about the church. Whether someone needs a venue, a pastor, some sort of form, or general information about something, I either take that call or know who should. I also compile and print all bulletins, staff meeting agendas, and track attendance for worship. I and a (phenomenal) team of office volunteers help keep our database current, our membership straight, our office supplies ordered, and the mail/deliveries dispersed.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
The people. I see different faces each day and get to interact with many different parts of our church family all the time.

How does your position help minister to others?
It provides an entry point for people and the first step of hospitality to all who enter here.

What is one thing that few people know about you?
I once drove my ’72 Mustang at the Dickinson Drag Raceway (in Houston).

Describe Oak Hill UMC in one word.