Matt Raines

Matt began working at FC in 1992 as a Senior Counselor (he found it more exciting than his job at the library) while pursuing his B.S. in Recreation at Texas A&M University. After four summers on staff, he married Maggie, a fellow summer staffer, and enrolled at Dallas Theological Seminary. Upon graduation from DTS, Matt moved back to camp to serve as the Assistant Director under long-time Executive Director, Wes Woodard. Matt trained in this capacity until Wes’ retirement in ‘03 whereupon he was named as FC’s 5th Executive Director. Matt handles fundraising/development, marketing, and personnel, in addition to helping out in the day-to-day matters of camp. An avid baseball fan, Matt still teaches the Sports class during Junior Weeks, teaches at least one campfire at each camp every week and considers himself a professional whiffle-ball player (he plays almost every day during the summer). Matt, Maggie and their children, Emma and Will, have a home on the lake just few minutes down the road.

Hans Meinardus

Frontier Camp looked very different when Hans Meinardus first set foot on the property back in 1974. He came as a camper that summer, before, in later years, serving as a Counselor and the Program Director. After serving in the Corps of Cadets and graduating from Texas A&M with undergraduate and graduate degrees in Geology, Hans then spent 15 years working in the field of hydrogeology before God called him to his real job as Summer Camp Director here at FC in ‘04. In that role, he oversees the summer camp program, where he still regularly works with plays with rocks and fossils as he teaches campers about God’s creation. Often the first one to jump in to a skit, Hans (aka Uncle Wolfie…aka Dudley…aka Old Timer…) goes by almost as many names as there have been Reveilles at A&M (you’ll have to ask him how many that is, as he was Reveille’s handler while at TAMU!) Hans and his wife, Autumn, live right behind the rodeo arena and have three children: Natalyn, Konrad and Edie.

Dustin Olson

Dustin first came to FC as a summer camper in 1999 before joining summer staff as a teenager, where he worked in a variety of roles over the years including wrangler, counselor, and cook. After graduating from Baylor University in 2014 with a degree in Outdoor Recreation, he married his wife Sarah, and served on full-time staff at another Christian camp in Texas for several years. Dustin returned home to FC in January of 2018 when he joined the full-time staff as the Retreat Director. In that role, he coordinates and hosts events and retreats for church groups, parachurch ministries, and programmed family weekends at camp throughout the year. He and Sarah live close to camp and are enjoying making Frontier Camp their home.

Matt and Liz Henderson

Matt first came to camp in ‘01 as a Senior Counselor, and Liz grew up as an FC camper before joining the summer staff as a teenager. But between the two of them, they have done just about every job at camp over the years! Matt, who has a Bachelor of Science from Tarleton State, is the Teen Camp Director, where he oversees the programming and day-to-day running of the Teen Camp. Known for his love of super-heroes, action movies and wakeboarding, Matt also directs our waterfront program—ask him about our cable lake! Liz, who has a Bachelor’s degree from Baylor, heads up the Recharge program, a mail-based outreach program for campers, in addition to being a full-time mom. Another “camp couple” who met while serving on summer staff, Matt and Liz also make their home across the road from camp with their four children, Emily, Brandon, Sarah, and Owen.

Dusty & Sarah Stone

Dusty grew up as a “camp kid” at another Texas camp, but first came to FC in ’06 as a JC. He met Sarah two years later when she joined him on staff in ’08. After graduating from the College of Biblical Studies and Texas A&M respectively, Dusty worked on staff at a church and Sarah worked as an elementary school teacher before they followed God’s call to Florida where they operated a ministry-minded waterfront recreational facility. They returned to Texas and Frontier Camp in the summer of 2017 when Dusty began work as the Summer Staff Director. In that role he oversees the hiring, mentoring, discipleship, and oversight of our high-school and college-aged summer staff. Sarah joined the full-time staff in January of 2018 as the Assistant Junior Camp Director. In addition to helping facilitate and oversee the Junior Camp program, Sarah also manages Frontier Camp’s missions program. Dusty and Sarah live on camp property and are enjoying serving at Frontier Camp together.

Bonnie Patterson

Nicknamed the “Camp Brain” (after our camper registration software), Bonnie really is the brain that keeps camp running. Bonnie joined the full time staff as the Office Manager in March 2002, after she and her husband, James, moved to Grapeland from the Fort Worth area, where she had spent 20 years in the banking industry. For more than a decade now, Bonnie has kept camp running as she handles camper registrations, secretarial and administrative duties and keeps the rest of us on track. She also believes ADD is contagious, because she didn’t have it before coming to work with the guys here! Bonnie and James live outside of Grapeland and have four grown children and ten grandchildren.

Richard Stephens

Richard has been involved with Frontier Camp since its inception. As a Jr. High and High School student, he worked volunteer weekends before serving as a Counselor and Caretaker from 1973 to 1975 while attending college. In 1982, Richard was hired full-time to serve as Assistant to the Director, where he was responsible for a variety of things from facility maintenance to heading up the Camper in Leadership Training Program. Richard’s responsibilities have covered a wide spectrum over the years as camp’s needs and staff have changed, and he currently serves as the Facilities and Communications Director. He oversees facility maintenance, the camp’s audio/video and computer needs and the woodworking program. Richard lives on Houston County Lake (the Boatsmanship class jumps off his two-story dock every week) and enjoys hanging out with staff and wakeboarding behind his 1984 Ski Nautique on the weekends.

Eric Olson

Born into a family of Frontier Camp supporters, camping ministry is in Eric’s blood. He grew up coming to camp as a camper and spent many weekends here, especially during times of building projects, as he and his family helped FC grow over the years. Eric attended LeTourneau University before joining the full-time staff in 1998. Though his responsibilities have covered a wide variety of tasks over the years, Eric currently serves as the Equipment Director, where he focuses on the maintenance and repair of boats, vehicles, and tractors, and general maintenance around the camp grounds. Eric and his wife, Amanda, reside next to camp with their three children, Noah, Esther and Titus.

Holly Hamlin

Holly came to camp as a camper starting in 1996 (and she was saved that week while a camper at FC!) and kept coming back every summer until she joined the summer staff in high school. After serving in a variety of positions over the next seven summers, Holly left camp at the end of summer 2010 thinking that was the end of her time working at camp. This just goes to show we often don’t know what God has in mind, as it wasn’t six months later that God called her back to Frontier Camp when she joined the full-time staff in January of 2011. Holly currently serves as the Marketing Director, managing camp’s advertising and web presence, in addition to directing the challenge course program and assisting with Teen Camp summer programming as the Assistant Teen Camp Director. She attended Baylor University and Liberty University before moving to camp, and now lives just a few minutes down the road.

 

Eric Chandler

The first time Eric heard about Frontier Camp was from a college roommate telling him some crazy stories of the antics of hyper little boys, never getting to sleep enough, and being responsible for 14 campers for 2 months. He had to come and see for himself! So he worked as a Senior Counselor in 2014 and hasn’t left since. The stories were a little bit exaggerated (as stories often are) and he had an awesome experience that summer. So awesome in fact, he came back to work retreats that fall while he was finishing his degree in Kinesiology at Texas A&M. He graduated in December ‘14 and moved to camp to live and work for a short period of time before he could find a “real” job. He slowly but surely came to love the retreat side of camp and God opened an opportunity for him to minister here full-time in 2016 as the Assistant Retreat Director. He also met his wife Lauren at camp and they both now call Frontier Camp home along with their young son Mark.

Hannah Barina

When Hannah first came to Frontier Camp in ’09 she didn’t expect anything big to come out of her 3-week Work Crew experience. However, she quickly fell in love with FC and everything the Lord was doing here, and has worked every summer since as a member of the camp family she never expected to love or feel such a part of. Hannah graduated from Texas A&M in 2014 and taught 8th grade math for 2 years, yet even while working in her “real” job during the school year, Hannah continued to work at camp during the summers and couldn’t shake the feeling she belonged here rather than in a classroom. The Lord did call her to fulltime camp ministry and she joined the staff as Registrar in June of 2016. She now calls camp home and oversees all registrations, manages camp correspondence, and is likely the friendly and helpful voice you’ll hear when you call the camp office.

Mike and Barbara Burkhalter

Mike and Barbara have been friends and supporters of Frontier Camp for a long time! They sent their three boys to camp in the 1980’s and then, upon an early retirement in 2005, Mike and Barbara felt led by the Lord to move from Friendswood to be out near camp. Mike served as our Maintenance Director for a number of years before retiring again at the end of 2012, but is still often around camp helping out in various projects. Barbara, a registered nurse, works at camp as our Bookkeeper and Health Care Administrator, where she oversees the health and wellness of all the campers and staff during the summer. Mike and Barbara live just down the road from camp in a house they built themselves and enjoy spending time with their three sons (all of whom worked on summer staff here!), daughter-in-laws, and seven grandchildren.