YOuth Leaders

You can learn all about the youth leaders at Doylestown Presbyterian Church. All of our leaders have had background checks and go through child protection training. Many of our youth leaders have been volunteering for years within the program. Safety is always a priority. 

  • Pastor Josh

    Program: All

    Why I enjoy working with youth: Teenagers are the most interesting people on the planet. They are so full of life, energy, and passion. When the church seeks to tap into that life, energy, and passion;  creativity and change can bloom.

    School: Eastern B.S. Youth Ministry M.S. Non-profit Management Palmer Theological Seminary M. DIV

    Career: DPC’s Pastor of Youth and their Families

    Favorite treat: Buffalo Wings

    Hobby: Wood Working

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  • Crystal Clemente

    Director of Tween and Teen Ministry

    Program: Club 456, Element, Connect

    Why I enjoy working with youth: Tweens and teens are funny, open-minded, spontaneous,  fun-loving, and drawn to excitement!  They see the world as it could be and not how it is, which is a perspective bursting with potential.  

    School: Double Major in English and Pan-African Studies from Drew University

    Career: Former High School English Teacher at Newark Public Schools and Varsity Soccer Coach.  Current Director of Tween and Teen Ministry at DPC.

    Favorite treat: Pizza from Bacco or Spuntinos and Empanada Mama, warm bread and butter--any combination of cheese and carbs will do!

    Hobby: Alpine skiing, water skiing, hiking, tennis, travel.  

  • Phil Cacossa

    Program: Confirmation Leader

    Why I enjoy working with youth: A lot of the youth who we work with have great, honest questions about their faith, which helps me to better understand what I believe. Also, because a lot of the concepts we talk about are new to them, their interpretations and insights are often fresh and enlightening.

    School: I grew up in New Jersey. I graduated from Livingston High School and got my Bachelor of Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. I also received my MBA from Rutgers (a true Jersey boy).

    Career: I am one of three partners in a small architecture firm in Piscataway NJ.

    Favorite treat: There are too many to list. My dad was a baker and I caught the bug. I love homemade cakes, pies and pastries. Anything warm from the oven.

    Hobby: Again, too many to list. Here are some of my favorites; fly fishing, music (singing, concerts, collecting, playing), baking, handyman Repairs, chess, cooking, gardening


    Programs: element

    Why I enjoy working with youth: I am learning that, as an adult leader, we are on a similar spiritual journey as our youth, just from a slightly different perspective. As an adult working with your children, I enjoy the unique opportunity to learn from, interact with, and connect through fellowship with the young people of our congregation. I do not take the spiritual gift of working with young people for granted and find myself humbled in their presence.

    Education: I grew up in Quakertown, moved to Perkasie and graduated from Pennridge High School. I graduated in 1993 with a B.S. degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management from East Stroudsburg University

    Career: Work in our family's furniture and interior design business, Hendrixson's Furniture.

    Favorite treat: It is a treat for me to cook for family and friends

    Hobbies: I am teaching myself to play guitar, enjoy watercolor painting, and I sing in a small 6-voice a cappella choir.


    Programs: element leader, Confirmation Class teacher, substitute Church School teacher, Youth Choir adult leader

    Why I enjoy working with youth: I enjoy seeing them grow and mature in their faith. Many of them I have seen from the first day they start 7th grade and watch them blossom into young adults in their faith. It is great to be part of their life.

    School: Central Bucks School District - I went to Linden, Lenape and graduated from CB East in 1983. I graduated from Kutztown University Career: I work in the Bucks County Recorder of Deeds . I have been there for over 27 years.

    Favorite treat: Pizza goldfish

    Hobby: I am in search of a hobby at this moment, but I do read and travel a bit. My favorite places to travel are to Boston and Florida/ Disney World.

  • Melissa hauser

    Program: Confirmation Class leader

    Why I enjoy working with youth: The youth at DPC are energetic and surprise me all the time with their insights and views on their beliefs.

    School: CB East and Penn State

    Career: Law Firm Office Administration

    Favorite treat: Breyer's mint chocolate chip ice cream with chocolate syrup and sprinkles.

    Hobbies: Skiing, walking my dog, traveling to new places, hanging out with my daughter Sydney (as long as she lets me) and hiking.

  • terry herring

    Programs: 11 and 12 Sunday School and Confirmation Class

    Why I enjoy working with youth: It keeps me grounded in the real world and focused on what is important

    School: The Citadel

    Career: Marketing

    Favorite reat: Fried chicken

    Hobby: Coaching

  • hazelanne karabudak

    Programs: element (aka Queen of element) and 7 and 8 Sunday School

    Why I enjoy working with youth: They inspire me.

    School: Millersville University

    Career: Was an elementary school teacher, but now a full time wife, mom, and volunteer.

    Favorite reat: Cupcakes (good cupcakes)

    Hobbies: Shopping and exercise

  • larry king

    Program: Confirmation Class leader

    Why I enjoy working with youth: Because the youth always manage to surprise me with something that exceeds my expectations.

    School: University of Missouri

    Career: Recovering journalist (32 years of news addiction); currently an investigator for the Bucks County District Attorney's Office

    Favorite treat: Ice cream!

    Hobby: Meandering around in my fishing kayak

  • laura mendelson (AKA Mrs. vandersall)

    Programs: element and summer youth trips
    Why do I enjoy working with youth:: Somehow I seem to learn as much as our kids do from church programs and activities.
    School: Vernon Street Elementary, Hawley Junior High School, Northampton High School, Bryn Mawr College, and the University of Chicago.
    Career:Copyeditor (don't let me get started on the difference between its and it's, and there is no its')
    Favorite treat: Friendly's buttercrunch ice cream

    Hobby: Reading

  • Frank Roland

    Program: element

    Why do I enjoy working with youth:  I love the energy, curiosity, and passion they bring to their faith journey.

    School: University of Pennsylvania, Duke University Medical School

    Career: Physician

    Favorite treat: S'more bars

    Hobby: Jack, William, and Caroline!

  • Arthur shull

    Program: element and Youth Committee

    Why I enjoy working with me? Because I am a classy humorous guy! Who wouldn't like working with me??!?! Why I enjoy working with youth: I love the fun and energy of our youth. Getting to mingle with them and have goofy conversations is what reminds me to have fun with life, and getting to share in spiritual conversations with them is something that pushes me in my own faith journey. It is humbling to be a part of their faith journeys as well.

    School: CB East and Cornell University

    Career: Robotic Farmer

    Favorite treat: Ice cream

    Hobby: Ultimate Frisbee and guitar

  • Lindsay shull

    Program: element and Youth Committee

    Why I enjoy working with youth: There is little that can be more energizing than working with young people!! From the fun of dancing and singing to the thoughtful times of reflection and discussion, my experience in working with young people provides both a constant reminder of the most simple joys in life and inspiration to never stop seeking in faith! I am so grateful for the opportunity to be part of a ministry here at DPC that meant so much to me in my own middle and high school years!

    School: CB East and University of Pittsburgh

    Career: Nurse

    Favorite treat: Fruit (any and all kinds!)

    Hobby: Running / sports, crafting