Tom grew up spending his summers at a Christian boys camp in upstate New York. For him, it was always worth the 19-hour drive from his home in Clemson, South Carolina. His experiences there led him to get his degree in Recreation and Youth Ministry at Southern Wesleyan University in South Carolina.
After a few years living in Munich, Germany, teaching ESL and doing youth ministry, Tom chased a woman to Texas, married her, and went into full-time Christian camping. He was a director at a camp in east Texas for four years and then spent two years in residential construction before the opportunity to work at LLYC surfaced, which he couldn’t refuse.
He loves fly-fishing, playing basketball (he’s a giant of a man), reading to his kids, watching Clemson football, and building things with his hands. He and his wife, Brynn, have three children: a daughter, Piper, and two sons, Finley and Rowan. During the year they live in Fredericksburg, where Brynn works full-time in the home and part-time as a teacher. Tom loves camp ministry because of how formative and rewarding it can be for campers and for his college age staff.
LONGHORN FOOTBALL ENTHUSIAST ASPIRING CHEF FRIEND FOR LIFE
Austin native Jacqueline Brustkern first came to LLYC the summer after her freshman year at UT. Jacqueline recalls having a real desire to work at a camp and had opportunity to interview with quite a few. But it was her interview with Karla, along with a number of LLYC friends, that ultimately swayed her decision to accept a temporary full time position at LLYC. “It wasn’t a checklist of my abilities or personality,” says Jacqueline. “It was an authentic conversation. I felt like Karla really wanted to know me—which I learned is a true reflection of LLYC.” Having served as an EV counselor, SH Crew Boss, SH Assistant Girls’ Director, and LLYC Intern, Jacqueline brings diverse experience and relationships to her current role.
Jacqueline jokes that her friends might describe her as a bit indecisive. But when the position at LLYC presented itself, she knew with absolute clarity it was the right fit. Her friends were shocked at her quick decisiveness—maybe for the first time ever! Jacqueline is excited to invest in something she cares so deeply for—a place and ministry she loves. A place to which God keeps bringing her back.
With a Bachelor of Science and Arts in Nutrition, Certification in Business Foundations and a Minor in Kinesiology from the University of Texas, Jacqueline is excited to continue serving at LLYC.
WORLD TRAVELER QUEEN OF DETAILS DEVELOPER OF PEOPLE AND PROGRAMS
Karla’s first encounter with youth camp was in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado as a guide for LLYC’s outbound backpacking trip in 2008. Coincidentally, when she went back to Ute Trail to help train a new guide team in 2013, she guided the LLYC summer staff again. This repeated connection eventually lead to her position as Laity Lodge Youth Camp Director.
Originally from Augusta, Georgia, Karla attended the University of Georgia in Athens. Upon receiving a degree in Mathematics and Math Education, she moved to Denver, Colorado, to be a high school math teacher. Her passion for youth, the outdoors, and camping ministry makes her feel right at home with the LLYC team.
In her spare time, you will find Karla exploring the Texas Hill Country, sneaking away to the mountains of Colorado to go snowboarding and hiking, or working on projects for her fixer-upper house in San Antonio. Karla feels privileged to be a part of a foundation so passionate about transforming lives and creating disciples for Jesus Christ.
Beck graduated from Texas A&M University in 2002 with a degree in Exercise Physiology. Previously, Beck served on staff with Young Life and as a young adult pastor at a church.
Beck and his wife, Hayley have two children, Judah and Eva. As a family, they love spending time outdoors, jumping on the trampoline, having loud meals around their dinner table and enjoying all the craziness life tends to bring on a daily basis. Of course, they count down the days anticipating when they get to move to the Canyon and live the camp life all summer long! He often says he has the best job in the whole world.
When Beck is not working or with his family, he enjoys reading, fishing, and long bike rides in the woods.
Emily loves our LLYC parents and campers. She orchestrates the registration process, blesses campers with the news of scholarships and fills camp with as many campers as possible. Emily, her husband, Chastan, and their twin boys, Paxton and Brody, live in Kerrville and enjoy everything “boy.” Most evenings and weekends, they can be found sword fighting anywhere the boys have free rein. The boys love organized sports—soccer, karate, basketball, and baseball.
Emily, her mom, and two sisters also own a children’s clothing boutique in downtown Kerrville, LulaBelle’s Pirates & Pretties. The girls love the extra time to get to be together, not to mention shop for the store (and their combined eight kiddos).
Emily graduated from Tivy High School and Schreiner University with a B.A. in Psychology. She has a deep desire for relationships. She understands parents’ needs and wants to serve them as well as possible. Emily loves our campers and their parents well. Her joy and love for life are contagious.
Another year and Chandler is still here. Chandler continues to serve as LLYC Senior Director this summer, moving out to the Canyon just like he has every summer since 1995. This year he will continue to support Beck and Jacqueline at Singing Hills and Karla and Tom at Echo Valley.
Behind every great man is a great woman, and Chandler is no exception. His wife, Margo, serves as the LLYC Healthcare Coordinator and has built the Healthcare program from scratch, spending countless hours recruiting and training LLYC doctors and nurses. She also works part-time in the off season as a registered nurse at Peterson Ambulatory Surgical Center in Kerrville.
Chandler and Margo have three over-the-top children who have all served at LLYC for many summers in many capacities: Marshall (Texas A&M University, Class of 2015), Maggie (Texas A&M University, Journalism major), and Mollie (Texas A&M University, Business major).
God is good. He has changed many lives through the Pruitts. They are looking forward with great excitement and anticipation to another crazy summer.
USER OF BIG WORDS LLYC LIFER LOVER OF TEA AND CONVERSATION
Wylie’s happiest summer memories are all tied to LLYC, where she was a camper from 2001 to 2007. As is often the case, her time on Work Crew at Echo Valley in 2008 was her favorite summer yet; it opened up wholly new ways to think about ministry and the call to hospitality.
These twin interests led Wylie to Baylor University, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in 2013, and later Duke Divinity School, where she received an MDiv. In addition to getting to live in Durham, North Carolina, her graduate studies offered Wylie the opportunity to continue working at LLYC in the summer, where she led the Singing Hills kitchen for six years.
Wylie and her husband Grant have an eleven-year-old Australian Shepherd named Kipper, with whom they enjoy going for walks and watching The Office. They love having folks over for supper and playing board games. Wylie is a (slow) runner, an (avid) reader of just about anything, and a (novice) seamstress. She loves being part of the LLYC team and, though an introvert, will happily talk over a cup of tea anytime.
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