Atlanta Westside Presbyterian Church



New Youth Ministry Director

Dear members and friends of Atlanta Westside,


We are very happy to announce the hiring of a new, full-time, Youth Ministry Director for Atlanta Westside, Mr. Jason Kriaski. Over the past two months, several staff members have been involved with interviewing and vetting both Jason and others who could vouch for his character and work. Jason also spent a weekend engaging several of our families and our staff.

We first came to know about Jason through Reformed Youth Ministry's national Youth Leadership Training, which takes place each year in Nashville, TN. Jason also became interested in pursuing Christy Gyger, our Children's Ministry Director, whom he met there. As their relationship grew and blossomed, we got to know Jason more directly and personally and began to think about the possibility of having Jason come and serve our youth and their families. While in seminary, Jason has served with Christ Church PCA in Trussville, AL as a youth ministry intern. Jason has an earnest love for Jesus and energetically pursues youth with the gospel. Jason's passion to teach, model Christ-likeness, and extend gospel care to youth and their families was echoed again and again through his ministry references.

The reality of both a coming wave of rising middle schoolers in the next few years coupled with a growing number of youth we already have among us moved us to pursue someone who could give full-time attention as our Youth Ministry Director. Claude Ball has been serving faithfully and well as our current Youth Ministry Director. However, with his time divided between seminary, general pastoral intern responsibilities, and youth ministry, we sensed an opportunity. Claude is very eager to have a more focused pastoral role helping our church engage both race issues and our community. We believe this is a win for Claude, a win for our church, and a win for our youth and their families.

Jason and Christy are engaged to be married December 10th and Jason will begin his new role with Atlanta Westside at the beginning of January. For more information or other questions related to this hire, please email me at


Chris Talley

Associate Pastor