Meet CHRIS HAZLARIS, our new Director of Youth and Young Adults!

Chris is a graduate of Jesuit High School, Fordham University, and Yale Divinity School. He has spent summers working at Rainbow Trail, a Lutheran summer camp. Rainbow Trail’s director said, “Chris has a genuine concern for other people and loves helping and caring for others. And he is a talented pianist! I know these characteristics give him great potential to succeed not only in life, but also especially as a Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. Chris possesses all the gifts of a great youth and young adult minister. Chris is smart, focused, charismatic, hard-working, personable, genuine, and above all, faithful. He shows a genuine interest in people as individuals and really focuses on building a relationship with them.”

One of his professors at Yale told us, “Chris is a cheerleader for whatever he is involved in. In his time at YDS he has been the driving spirit of our soccer team – aptly named the Paracleats – as organizer, informal coach, press agent, and leading player. I wish we could publish his emails announcing and reporting on games, which were full of clever wordplay, love of the sport, and appreciation of the team’s fans.  The man knows how to promote!  More importantly, however, is the depth of Chris’ character.  He sees just about everything in moral and spiritual terms, but in a joyful, not pietistic way.”

There are many ways for Youth (6th -12th grade students) to get involved in the life of the church and connect with others!

Youth Sunday School (9:30 – 10:15 AM)

We meet in the Youth Room on the third floor for a Bible Study and fellowship.

Sunday Youth Group (5 – 7 PM)

Our Jr. and Sr. High Youth groups meet for activities, games, study, fellowship, and dinner.

Throughout the year we also have service projects, small groups, mission trips, retreats, and conferences we attend.


“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.” Acts 2:42-47

In this New Testament scripture we see evidence of the foundations of the early church. In an effort stay true to the purest form of the church and its calling, we base our ministry on four foundations that are found in this scripture. We are also careful to stay within the Mission and Vision of the larger congregation of St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church. These foundations are WORSHIP, SERVE, BELONG, and PRACTICE. Everything that we do as a Student Ministry will fall under one of these four foundational elements.

To get involved, contact Emma Pegues, Youth Interim Director, at,
or Bria Rault, Youth & Young Adults Coordinator, at