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.
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 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 grew up as a “camp kid” at another Texas camp, but first came to FC in ’06 as a JC. He met his wife Sarah two years later when she joined him on summer 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. Dusty and Sarah live on camp property and are enjoying serving at Frontier Camp together.
Nicknamed the “Camp Brain” (after our old 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 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 and enjoys hanging out with staff and wakeboarding behind his1984 Ski Nautique on the weekends.
Taylor first came to camp in 2017 as a Senior Counselor at a friend’s recommendation for summer work. God used that summer to ignite in him a passion for camp ministry, combining his love of the outdoors, adventure, and youth ministry. He completed his EMT-B and WEMT through the National Outdoor Leadership School in Wyoming before coming back to Frontier Camp for the summer of ’18 to serve as Adventure Challenge Manager. Although Taylor originally had other plans, God clearly directed his path to continue working at camp, first as an intern during the fall of 2018 and then starting on full-time staff in January 2019 as our Retreats Coordinator. Taylor works with our rental groups and spends his time coordinating and hosting retreats for ministries, churches, and parachurch organizations that come to Frontier Camp. Taylor is excited to see what else is in store as he lives and serves here at camp!
Ashley has a long family history with Frontier Camp, as her parents met at FC when they were summer staffers in the 80’s! Ashley started attending camp as a camper in 2004 and she continued to come annually until she was old enough to join our summer staff, where she served for many years. After attending and graduating from a small Bible Institute in Wyoming, God called Ashley back to Frontier Camp’s summer ministry as our Work Crew Leader in 2018. After the summer ended, Ashley stuck around as an intern, and she joined our full-time staff in January 2019 as the Assistant Summer Staff Director. Ashley works with Dusty to hire, mentor, and oversee our summer staff.
Regan first attended Frontier Camp as a camper in 2010, and three summers later she joined our summer staff, where she served as a Wrangler for four summers. Regan has been riding horses since she was four years old and complete on her college equestrian team in both hunt seat equitation and jumping. She has always had a passion for sharing the gospel to kids, specifically by using horses to illustrate how the trainer/rider and horse dynamic can give us a picture of how the Lord lovingly trains/transforms us at the point of salvation and forward. Through her time on summer staff, the Lord made it clear to Regan that camp ministry at FC was where she needed to be, as it combines her love for children’s ministry, missions, and horses. She even bought her horse, Leah, from us here at camp! Regan joined our full-time staff in January 2018 as our Equine Manager. She faithfully takes care of all of camp’s horses and shares her joy of riding with retreat guests and summer campers year-round.
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 full-time 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.