Although I went to college with Bryan for one year at Angelo State University, he will be forever seared into my mind as the Swamp Thing (pictured below). If there was an award for best costume of all time at LLYC, Bryan Hazel should have won it hands down. Aside from his creative costume-designing skills, Bryan spent eight summers out at camp and went on to work for Laity full-time. I caught up with Bryan to see what he is up to now that he has moved on.
What are you up to these days?
I am happily married with a 16 month old boy who loves to eat and droll (he comes by this honestly) and a four year old girl who loves to talk and dance (I am not much of a talker, but I am a pretty awesome dancer, so I’ve showed her some moves). I currently work for the government investigating financial crimes.
Before your current job, you worked for Foundations for Laity Renewal full-time. Tell us about that experience.
I loved my time at Foundations for Laity Renewal and learned so much from the great staff. It was a privilege to be a part of an organization that has such a positive influence on the lives of so many people. It was interesting to see the inner-workings of an organization that ministers to people from some many diverse backgrounds, from the kids of the inner-city in the Free Camp Program all the way to those in some of most powerful places in business with the Highcalling.com and Laity Lodge Leadership Forum.
What do you miss most about your summers at LLYC?
Lots of things! I certainly miss all the fun activities and being constantly surrounded by so many friends.
How does Camp still impact your life today?
Camp had a huge influence on my life and still does today. I think God brought me to camp at just the right time. My parents were divorced and my dad had recently been diagnosed with a debilitating disease that would eventually be terminal. I was a scared and scarred kid that needed to be at a place like LLYC. I felt and saw the love of Christ from the staff in a way that I had never seen before and it became a place of true healing for me. I overcame so many fears, found much needed friendships, and grew in Christ at camp.
I also learned a lot about servant-leadership and caring for people while at LLYC. I try my best to put those principles into daily practice and hope that my life reflects the love of Christ. I am forever grateful for my time at camp.