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Laity Lodge Family Camp Staff

Our dedicated staff come from a variety of backgrounds but share a commitment to make your experience at Laity Lodge Family Camp as memorable as possible. If you’re ever in the area, please come by the office in Kerrville and say “Hello.” Otherwise, we’ll meet you in the Canyon during the retreat. Please meet our team.

Will Stripling
Executive Director of Camping Administration & Shared Services
Interim Family Camp Director

As Executive Director of Camping Administration & Shared Services, Will Stripling directs the strategy and vision of all Foundation Camping Programs and the service teams that support them.

Will joined the Foundation in 2013, after working for nine years for the H-E-B Grocery Company at the corporate office. Prior to that, he worked in various roles at Johnson & Johnson and Hallmark Cards, Inc. Will is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a degree in Human Sciences and Family Studies.

Will has had personal experience with the FLR programs through the years, serving on church teams that facilitate programs at Singing Hills and in supporting the Boerne Outdoor Academy program at Echo Valley. Outside of work, Will enjoys hunting, fishing, and being outdoors with his family. He and his son also serve together as volunteer firefighters. Will and his wife Denise live in Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, and have two boys, William and Daniel.

Kate Batchelor
Family Camp Registrar and Assistant

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 son, Rylan. 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.

Mary Echols
Mary Echols

Director of Hospitality

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 Director of Operations for the H. E. Butt Foundation Camp.

Emily Ballbach
Emily Ballbach
Associate Director

Emily earned her Master of Arts in Theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts and her undergraduate degree in Christian Education Ministry Leadership from Biola University in California.  Before moving to Texas, Emily worked as a College/Young Adult Minister for a church in Florida and served in the LaVida Adventure Camp and as a Discovery Class Instructor at Gordon College. Emily felt called to ministry at an early age and has learned that caring for others is her greatest motivator.  Emily brings a wealth of talent with her to Family Camp and FLR—from singing, playing guitar, and leading worship to writing and strong communication skills.  Her pastoral and nurturing gifts will be greatly used as FLR seeks to transform lives by providing opportunities for people to encounter God through the growing Family Camp ministry.

Meredith Cain

Meredith Cain grew up in San Antonio, cherishes her family and friends, and is an avid Spurs fan. Meredith has participated in LLYC and LLFC since her youth and calls it her spiritual home. She came to know Christ through her years as a camper, and we have watched her faith grow as she has continued to serve in various capacities in our camping programs. She earned a degree in Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences from Texas A&M University and was very involved in Young Life during her college years, caring for middle-school students and honing her skills in ministry and leadership. She is gifted in intentional relationship-building and in the care of those around her and has a passion and desire to serve and love young people. Meredith is excited to use her education and ministry experience to serve families and our staff through the Laity Fellowship Program this year.

Sean McDonald

Sean McDonald grew up in Wimberley, Texas, staying active playing sports and finding new hobbies in music and reading. Sean grew up participating in programs like Youth With A Mission (YWAM) and church-related activities with his family. Sean credits his family with his exposure to the Lord and his consequent growth. Also attending Texas A&M, Sean earned a degree in Business Administration, majoring in Finance and has an International Business Certificate. Sean has a great passion for ministry and has been developing his leadership skills by serving young people in Young Life and seeking opportunities for missions in South America. Sean’s unique pairing of business and ministry skills will offer great support to the LLFC program, and he is looking forward to serving families and our staff, while also learning about FLR and the “business of ministry” through the Laity Fellowship Program this year.