Tom Bowyer—Director (Echo Valley)
Tom Bowyer is originally from Clemson, South Carolina, but he grew up going to camp every summer at Deerfoot Lodge, a Christian boys camp in upstate New York. Camp had a profound influence on his life and passions, eventually leading him to study Recreation and Youth Ministry at Southern Wesleyan University in Central, South Carolina. He worked at Deerfoot Lodge for three summers and spent one summer at Honey Rock Camp in Wisconsin.
After graduation, a year building houses, and a few years in Germany teaching English and doing youth ministry, Tom chased a beautiful girl to Texas, married her, and went into full-time Christian Camping. He spent 4 years as a Director at Camp Cho-Yeh in east Texas, before moving his family to Fredericksburg to be closer to home. When he found out about an opportunity to come on board with LLYC through Chandler Pruitt, he knew God was directing him back into Christian Camping. He has always loved camp because it causes kids to step out of their comfort zones, meet new people and try new things, and see God differently or for the first time.
He currently lives in Fredericksburg, where his wife, Brynn, grew up. She teaches Creative Writing at Ambleside School in Fredericksburg and loves to read and sing among many things. She spends most of her time with the Bowyer’s two blond-headed crumb-snatchers—their daughter, Piper, and son, Finley. They also have one more baby, Waffles, and he’s the wimpiest in the family. He’s their 120 pound Great Dane.
He is passionate about pouring into college-age staff, helping people understand and articulate the gospel, and ensuring campers are well cared for, having fun and being challenged to grow spiritually. Tom also loves to read, play guitar, sing, fish, watch Clemson football, and work with his hands.