Sunday Worship:

9 AM, 10:30 AM, 6 PM
1667 Edgewood Road, Yardley, PA

Church Office: 215.493.4145

Preschool Office: 215.493.5009

Meet the Leadership Team of Woodside Church

Reverend Doctor Doug Hoglunddoug@woodside-church.org

Doug is having the time of his life as the pastor of Woodside. This wonderful congregation gives him the opportunity to do all the things he loves: care for people, share the Good News, teach God’s Word, answer faith questions, serve those in need, play guitar, and try new things. The joy of his life is spending time with his lovely wife Lisa and their daughter Kristin and her husband Bryan, their son Peter, his wife Jackie and grandsons Ben and Issac.


Director of Mission, Carolyn Gaul, carolyn@woodside-church.org

Carolyn, her husband Mike and daughter Alex joined Woodside in 2002. Since then she’s served in various activities including the bell choir, as a youth leader, and as both Elder and Deacon. She was instrumental in involving Woodside with the Advocates for Homelessness and Those In Need and coordinating Woodside’s team to host Code Blue. When she’s not serving at church you might find her serving up forehands and backhands on the tennis court or enjoying a good book.


Co Director of Childrens' Ministries, Stephanie Hermesmeyer, stephanie@woodside-church.org  

Stephanie  and her daughter, Olivia, came to Woodside in 2014.  In addition to preschool, they have been involved in Adventure Club, Sunday School, and VBS.  Stephanie is passionate about children’s education and has taught a variety of disciplines since her late teens. In her new position, Stephanie hopes to develop programs that create a solid foundation of faith and help children find in Jesus a loving companion for every journey in life. Stephanie loves to spend time with her daughter, play the piano, draw, and learn new things.

Director of Fellowship, Karen Houser, karen@woodside-church.org

Karen and her husband Mike have been married since 1992 and together have 2 children, Michael and Katie. Since joining Woodside in 1998 Karen has been passionate about hospitality – she wants everyone to feel comfortable and welcomed when they come to Woodside. She also enjoys organizing and cooking for the Woodside community in the beautiful kitchen.  She has been the Director of Fellowship since 2008.


Organist, Grace Lee, cukgrace@gmail.com

Grace (EunHye) Lee is a professional musician and an experienced accompanist for over 20 years who began playing the piano at age seven. Originally from South Korea, she received her Bachelor of Music degree in composition from Catholic University of Korea in Seoul. She also received her Master’s degree in organ performance at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Texas. She loves working with people, accompanying church choirs, solo singers, and solo instrumentalists. She enjoys spending time with her wonderful husband, Ryu Park.

Director of Discipleship, Linda Marr, linda@woodside-church.org

Linda and her husband Warren enjoy a busy family life with 3 children and many friends and relatives in the area. They joined Woodside in 2006 and Linda accepted this position in 2014. Before joining the staff Linda served Woodside's children and youth ministries, as elder and as a worship leader on the celebration praise team. Linda is an avid runner and excited to bring her energy to Woodside's discipleship ministry.


Director of Woodside Christian Preschool Jenn Sawyer, jennsawyer@woodside-church.org

Jenn was warmly welcomed to the Director position in August of 2016. She is married with 3 elementary school children. Before joining the church and preschool staff, Jenn was a teacher and administrator in special education in both Ohio and Indiana.  Since living in Pennsylvania, she’s had the joy of raising her three children alongside of her husband, Jim.  While she truly enjoys educating young children, she has a passion for connecting to and supporting families as well.  Her faith and love for God has led her on this journey.

Co Director of Childrens' Ministries, Chantell Socha, chantell@woodside-church.org 

Chantell joined Woodside in 2012 along with her husband Albert and their 2 daughters, Keira and Taylor. Her professional background is Business/Marketing and Sales and she feels completely blessed that God laid the path for her to find Woodside and have a shift in career. Working with children is her calling and feels her spiritual gifts are in harmony with this new job.  She likes to spend her free time with her children and husband at home cooking, reading, dancing and playing games.


Director of Communications, Martha Stringer, martha@woodside-church.org

Martha, along with her husband Paul and 3 children, joined Woodside in 1995. Since then she has served as Elder, joined the Celebration worship team, and embarrassed herself playing a variety of wacky VBS characters. She served as Director of Mission/Evangelism for 9 years prior to accepting the Director of Communications position in 2014. Her favorite thing about Woodside? “Our passion and desire to reach people with the Good News of Jesus Christ in new and imaginative ways.”

Director of Ministry, Michelle Thompkins, michelle.thompkins@comcast.net

Michelle Thompkins joined Woodside in 2014.  After a successful HR career in Corporate America she is excited to serve as Director of Ministry, helping people discover their spiritual gifts and putting them to good use in Ministry to bless those in need and glorify God.  Michelle’s passion is giving back to the community and she is an active member of Trenton Area Stakeholders, the Princeton Area Community Foundation, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.  These organizations inspire, empower, and support local neighbors in need.  Michelle and her husband, Jeff, have two children, Jonathan and Chloe, and they enjoy traveling, swimming, and listening to gospel music.  


Director of Youth Discipleship, Eric Watts, eric@woodside-church.org

Eric joined the Woodside team in August of 2017. He has been a Young Life Leader, Director of Programming for Upper Elementary Children's Ministry, Kids Community Coordinator for Children's Ministry, and graduated College from Liberty University in 2017 with a degree in Theology and a minor in Counseling. He's incredibly enthusiastic about reaching youth with the good news of the Gospel, Chicago Sports teams, playing the guitar for worship or teaching guitar students. He also thinks he's much better at golf than he actually is.

Director of Celebration and Higher Ground Worship, Dawn Wills, dawn@woodside-church.org

Dawn and her husband Scott joined Woodside in 1997 and together have 2 teens, Michael and Christina. Since joining Dawn has been involved with our music ministries; from kids’ choirs to playing keyboard with the Celebration Praise Band. Her passion though, is working with senior high youth. She started a youth band, 40 Dayz, in 2002 and in 2005 was instrumental in starting our Higher Ground service. Says Dawn: “I’ve been blessed to lead worship every week with these teens. I can’t imagine a better job.”



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