CYSC programs impact families, schools, and parishes.


Aaron Richards

Executive Director of Operations and Finances

Aaron Richards brings a diverse leadership skill set to his work as Executive Director of Operations and Financewhich has facilitated the fast-paced growth of Damascus. Aaron has training and experience in fields ranging from business finance, construction, management, first aid, computer and graphic design, and education. Through his 12 years of work in professional ministry, Aaron developed a number of youth ministry programs and missions, as well as co-founding a youth conference that ministered to thousands.  Aaron is a gifted worship leader, musician, teacher, and evangelist. He holds a BS in Theology and Chemistry from Ohio Dominican University, and has fifteen years of experience in professional ministry. He and his wife Monica have worked in leadership with CYSC since 2001 and are raising a mission family with their four beautiful children.

Dan DeMatte

Executive Director of Missions and Advancement

Dan DeMatte, Executive Director of Missions and Advancement has been a national catholic evangelist for over 12 years, bringing the Gospel to thousands through missions, retreats, and conferences across 40 states and 3 countries. The author of best-selling book Holiness Revolution  with Dynamic  Catholic Institute, co-host of radio program Encounter, and star of A&E’s reality TV series, God or the Girl, he is an expert in youth and adult ministry, developing innovative and effective programs used to train ministry teams from all over the world. Dan has witnessed to his Catholic faith on Larry King Live, The View, the Today Show, and other national programs. Holding a Masters Degree in Evangelization from Pontifical College Josephinum, Dan’s innovative ministry and training techniques facilitate a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ. Dan is happily married and raising 4 children.

Board Leadership

Catholic Youth Summer Camp is the flagship ministry program of Damascus, a national ministry organization working to bring revival to the Catholic Church in America.

Damascus is managed by a Board of Directors, and receives support and direction from a National Advisory Board with representation from wide areas of national representation and influence.

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