Cary is the Executive Director of Laity Lodge Camping Programs, serving campers and families in the same Canyon where his own family began.
Beginning in 1985, Cary spent the 13 summers in the Canyon as a camper, then a program crew member, and finally a counselor at Echo Valley where he met his wife, Jenny (Allenbaugh) Hendricks. They even worked some of the early Family Camp camp sessions at Echo Valley in the 1990s.
Due in large part to these experiences, Cary pursued a career in relational ministry, spending eight years on Young Life staff as an associate area director and area director in both Texas and Illinois. During his time in Illinois, Cary also served more than four years at a Presbyterian church as the youth and college ministry director. In 2017, he completed a Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and is currently working toward a Doctor of Ministry in Leadership Development at the same institution.
Cary has been with the Foundation since 2013, first as Director of Echo Valley, then as the Senior Director of Laity Lodge Family Camp from 2015 to 2021. His history with the Foundation stretches back much further—to 1985, when he attended Singing Hills as a young camper. Cary and Jenny have been married since July 1999, and their three kids—Seth, Stella, and Sloane—have been fixtures in the Canyon and in Kerrville for many years.
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.
In her 6 years as Assistant Director of Programming for LLFC, Kelsie has worked hard to foster a heightened level of excellence for our seasonal staff hiring process, coordinated events during retreats and led seasonal staff in their work of retreat facilitation. Kelsie has brought a sense of spiritual maturity, excellent work ethic and attention to detail in her work and we are excited to see how she guides the LLFC program into the future as the LLFC Director.
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.
After serving several years in the Family Camp kitchen, Matt’s role has expanded to include foodservice execution for LLYC in addition to his work with the LLFC kitchen. Matt has done a wonderful job in establishing consistency, stability, and a great working environment within the kitchen and team that he leads at LLFC. We are excited to see him do the same for the LLYC food service teams as well.
Matt has served Christian camps for over ten years. Prior to his work with the Foundation, he helped with fundraising and facilitating annual family camp activities and special events in his role as Development Associate, at Camp Forest Springs in Westboro, Wisconsin. Working in both the program and kitchen services side of 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.
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