Staff Profiles

Minister – Rev. Brenton Thompson

Rev. Brenton Thompson joined Crossroads Presbyterian Church in 2011. Prior to his call to CPC, he attended McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois, where he fell in love with the Church History and New Testament Studies. Brenton delights in delving into the stories of Scripture and bringing them into conversation with our own stories as people of faith.

A cradle Presbyterian, Brenton grew up in the church. Initially drawn to youth ministry, it wasn;t until his years of service with the Young Adult Volunteer program of the PC(USA) in Northern Ireland & Ukraine that he discerned a call to ministry. It was in Northern Ireland that he realized the church’s unique calling to participate in Christ’s work in the world … and how important people’s faith can be in changing the world around them. He is grateful to be serving a congregation that strives to be faithful to this calling.

Brenton is married to another Presbyterian minister. His wife, Sudie Niesen Thompson, is the Associate Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware. They live in Phoenixville with their cat, Calvin and he hopes one day to add a dog to the mix. When not at their respective churches, you might find the Thompsons exploring Philadelphia, reading good books, playing board games with friends, or dreaming about their next travel destination.

Music Leaders – John & Kass Bolles

Music Directors John and Kass Bolles came to Crossroads Church not looking for a staff position, but a local church where they could become part of a community of faith. Through a friend, they learned of Crossroads and the Music Director opening. After interviews and auditions with the founding pastors, John and Kass were brought on as Music Directors and have been at Crossroads ever since. In the process they also found the community of faith they were looking for.

Before they were married, John and Kass individually were very involved in music, and Christian music in particular. John recorded and toured with Christian vocal group Glad, while Kass performed with the Christian folk-rock group One Way (later renamed Crosswind). After they were married, John and Kass performed as a duo at many public and private venues that included Christian gatherings. Before coming to Crossroads, they led music at the Branch Community Church in Harleysville. They also pioneered an evening contemporary service at Fairview Village Church of the Nazarene.

Although the music at Crossroads is a mixture that is predominantly contemporary, John and Kass are both classically trained musicians with an appreciation for many traditional styles of music. This reveals itself in their reworkings of hymns and in the special choral pieces presented during holiday seasons.

John is the planner and arranger, carefully choosing songs that have integrity musically and lyrically, while Kass brings her strong voice and powerful delivery to help convey the heart-felt presence of God’s spirit. Rather than try to manipulate the congregation into an emotional high that will quickly fade, John & Kass prefer to present the music and invite people to join in, so they will “taste and see that the Lord is good”.

Administrative Assistant – Karen Plenert

Oldest of six children born to Mabel and Joseph Krumm, hence the nickname Cookie. I am married to John and have three married daughters, five grandsons and one granddaughter, a dog and a cat. I like to knit, quilt, scrapbook, draw (I like crafting of any kind) and reading. I enjoy cooking and baking and I like to collect recipes and cookbooks. The most quirky thing about me is I have eight sets of dishes. Using the same dishes all the time bores me, so I change mine for the season, holiday or just for the heck of it! Since retiring John has discovered that “we” like to travel, therefore there is always a new destination on our horizon.