Cary is excited to serve as the Senior Director at Laity Lodge Family Camp and have the opportunity to walk alongside families where his family first began.
In the summer of 1985, when he was just nine years old, Cary first encountered Laity Lodge Youth Camp as a camper at Singing Hills. For the next 13 summers, Cary was in the Canyon as a camper, program crew member, and a counselor at Echo Valley. He was even able to work some of the early Family Camp weeklong camp sessions that took place at Echo Valley while the staff lived at Windsong. Cary’s years at LLYC were foundational in shaping his faith and career path. Due in large part to his experiences as a camper and on staff, Cary pursued a vocational life in relational ministry. After graduating from Austin College (go ’Roos) with degrees in Religious Studies and Communication Arts/Theater, Cary joined Young Life staff and served as an Intern, Associate Area Director, and Area Director during eight+ years on staff in both Texas and Illinois. During his years in Illinois, Cary also served at a Presbyterian Church for four-and-a-half years as the Youth and College Ministry Director. Not only was LLYC influential in Cary’s faith journey and career, but it was also the place he met his wife, Jenny (Allenbaugh) Hendricks, during their college years on staff at Echo Valley. Cary and Jenny have been married since July 1999 and have three kids: Seth, Stella, and Sloane. The Hendrickses see Cary’s role at LLFC not just as dad’s job, but as a family mission and ministry for all of them to enjoy.
Relationships have always been what make LLYC and LLFC special, and Cary has experienced this firsthand throughout his life. Cary is passionate about LLFC’s mission to create opportunities for families to connect with each other in significant ways while also encountering God in significant ways.
After twelve-and-a-half years as Guest Services Manager at the H. E. Butt Foundation Camp, William is serving as the Operations Director at Family Camp. He supports Cary Hendricks with leadership by helping set priorities, shape processes, guide investment in people and systems, and develop an infrastructure that creates an even stronger and more efficient program.
For more than a decade, William has exhibited amazing servant-leadership skills as Guest Services Manager. In addition to the high-quality Foundation Camp group engagement, orientation, and checkout process, William has worked closely with the Canyon Operations Team to assist in managing the daily needs of the grounds and facilities. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2003, William was Headmaster at Alpine Christian Academy in Colorado and prior to that time, he was a coach and teacher at two large private high schools in Houston, Texas. William has degrees from both The University of Texas and Rice University.
A long time ago, in a land far away, Mary Echols graduated (cum laude) from California State University Long Beach with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Recreation and Leisure studies. Mary has had a wide variety of camping experience having worked in camps every summer since age 14. She first came to the H. E. Butt Foundation in 1983 with her husband, Glenn. She has worked as an Arts and Crafts director, Sugar Shack director, Kitchen director, and Program Services director at Laity Lodge Youth Camp, as well as serving as a Hostess at Laity Lodge. Her husband, Glenn Echols, is the Executive Director of Property Planning and Stewardship for the H. E. Butt Foundation Camp.
Kelsie is a native of Kerrville, a 2010 graduate of Tivy High School, and a 2014 graduate of Texas A&M with a degree in Elementary Education. She has a great passion for working with kids as a long-time Singing Hills counselor, Work Crew boss, and Girls’ Director, as well as an LLYC Intern. Her love for Laity Lodge Family Camp runs deep, and she has been a part of family camp weekend retreats since 2010. Kelsie is excited to join the transforming work that the Lord is doing through Family Camp, even as Christ has transformed her life in this special place.
Kelsie has also worked with Young Life in Kerr County and was previously a preschool teacher in Kerrville. As the Assistant Director of Programming, Kelsie will be supporting and assisting Cary and the Family Camp team in the design, creation, development, and coordination of program activities. Kelsie also provides an on-campus ministry presence in support of the Family Camp staffing process.
Matt has served Christian camps for over ten years, coming to the Foundation from Camp Forest Springs in Westboro, Wisconsin. Prior to this position, he helped with fundraising and facilitating annual family camp activities and special events in his role as Development Associate, also at Camp Forest Springs. Working in both the program and kitchen services side of a family camp provides Matt with a unique perspective of meeting needs for guests and program members. Prior to Camp Forest Springs, Matt was the Program and Retreats Director for South Side Mission in Peoria, Illinois, a camp for underprivileged youth.
His education experience is also strategically aligned to this role. After graduating with an Associate of Arts in Business degree, Matt earned a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies from Cairn University. He then continued his education by earning an Associate of Arts degree in Culinary Arts from Fox Valley Technical College. Matt met his wife, Julie, at a Christian camp when they were both attending college.
Kate Batchelor serves as the Registrar for Family Camp. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Texas A&M Corpus Christi. After graduating from college, Kate substituted at elementary schools in San Antonio and then landed in Midland, Texas, teaching third grade. Kate is thrilled to be back home and close to family in Kerrville where she is currently living with her husband, Aaron, and their two children, Rylan and Ellie.
Kate’s passions are her family, serving others and the Lord, cooking, and exercising. Kate is excited to utilize her organizational, relational, and administrative skills as the Family Camp Registrar.
Marie began her career in Kerrville, working for the Theodore Boyce and Arturo Llano Family Medical Practice and then moved to Ultra Fit Health Resort, where she served as Medical Office Manager until 2002. She then moved to Dallas and began her career with Riverstone Residential Group, formerly Trammell Crow Residential. Her 14 years with this organization allowed Marie to grow in her administrative responsibilities, ultimately receiving a promotion to Sr. Administrative Assistant supporting the Vice President of Operations in Austin.
Marie has been an active member of the Golden Retriever Rescue club. She describes herself as a “hands on” person who is willing to follow the flow or step up and take the reins, whichever is needed at the time. She also describes herself as honest and persistent and feels she has been successful in her roles because of strong communication skills and a “can do” attitude. She was even presented the “cheerleader” award from her last employer for her abilities to encourage and inspire others.
Dayton is an Aggie with a degree in Biomedical Sciences from Texas A&M. Before coming to Family Camp, Dayton worked as a Director of Youth Ministries at a Methodist church in San Antonio. As Assistant Director of Operations, Dayton is responsible for supporting and assisting Cary Hendricks in the planning and implementing of the program operations for Family Camp events. He also supports William Collins, Director of Operations, to prepare the camp facilities, coordinate, and implement operational tasks that impact camp and the H. E. Butt Foundation. Dayton also provides an on-campus ministry presence in support of the LLFC staffing process.
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