Cary is excited to serve as the Senior Director at Laity Lodge Family Camp and have the opportunity to walk alongside families where his family first began.
In the summer of 1985, when he was just nine years old, Cary first encountered Laity Lodge Youth Camp as a camper at Singing Hills. For the next 13 summers, Cary was in the Canyon as a camper, program crew member, and a counselor at Echo Valley. He was even able to work some of the early Family Camp week long camp sessions that took place at Echo Valley while the staff lived at Wind Song. Cary’s years at LLYC were foundational in shaping his faith and career path. Due in large part to his experiences as a camper and on staff, Cary pursued a vocational life in relational ministry. After graduating from Austin College (go ‘Roos) with degrees in Religious Studies and Communication Arts/Theater, Cary joined Young Life staff and served as an Intern, Associate Area Director, and Area Director during eight+ years on staff in both Texas and Illinois. During his years in Illinois, Cary also served at a Presbyterian Church for four-and-a-half years as the Youth and College Ministry Director. Not only was LLYC influential in Cary’s faith journey and career, but it was also the place he met his wife, Jenny (Allenbaugh) Hendricks, during their college years on staff at Echo Valley. Cary and Jenny have been married since July 1999 and have three kids: Seth, Stella, and Sloane. The Hendrickses see Cary’s role at LLFC not just as dad’s job, but as a family mission and ministry for all of them to enjoy.
Relationships have always been what make LLYC and LLFC special, and Cary has experienced this firsthand throughout his life. Cary is passionate about LLFC’s mission to create opportunities for families to connect with each other in significant ways while also encountering God in significant ways.