Who We Are

A Camping Family

At age eight Spencer Boyd went to camp. There was a polio epidemic in Atlanta so his four week session stretched into nine weeks of riding, hiking, swimming, and camping his way through the NC Mountains. When he finally returned home to begin the school year Spencer stepped out of the car, looked his father in the eye, and said that when he grew up he would be a camp director. In 1954, between his Junior and Senior years at the University of Georgia, he made good his promise, and started his first camp with only 20 campers. In 1962, shortly after his return from the Air Force, Spencer met and married Dorothy Coe. Parents of six sons themselves, Spencer and Dot have spent a lifetime together providing summers of fun and growth for camp age youngsters.

Our family’s camping tradition is now continued with Adam and Ann and Bobby and Barbara Boyd each taking over responsibilities as Directors. With our third generation now enjoying their camper years and counselor years we would invite your family to join ours by sharing a summer of fun and growth with us high up in the mountains of North Carolina.

Adam and Ann, Merri-Mac Directors

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Like Spencer and Dot, Adam also met his wife, Ann, while on summer staff at Merri-Mac. After graduating from Wofford College, and later earning a M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary Adam returned to camp where he served for ten years as the Timberlake Director. In the fall of 2001 Adam began directing Merri-Mac also. Ann holds a B.A. from Converse College and shares Adam’s role as Camp Director. Their two boys are Timberlake campers, and their daughter, Mary Page, is a counselor at Merri-Mac. Together they are committed to sharing summers of fun and growth with camp age children.

 

 

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Ally Gudeman

Ally Gudeman joined our camp family summer of 2015 and serves as one of two assistant directors. She is originally from Ventura California where she lived her whole life until moving to Iowa for her undergraduate degree. She completed her Bachelors of Arts in Religion at Northwestern College in Orange City Iowa. Throughout her time in Iowa, Ally participated in collegiate track and field, lived abroad in the Middle East, and worked on staff with Younglife camping. Ally and her husband Brett were married in 2015 and moved to Black Mountain to begin jobs with Merri-Mac and Timberlake immediately after. Ally has loved learning the traditions, songs, and overall grandeur of camp here at Merri-Mac and Timberlake and is looking forward to the summers to come.

 

 

Dave Johnson
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Dave joined us as a photographer during the summer of 2015 and moved into a position as assistant director the following fall.  Dave has master’s degrees from Duke University and Iowa State University and has a rich background of experience leading student ministries for churches as well as outdoor recreation programs for colleges and universities.  Dave grew up in Minnesota and recently comes to us from Colorado.  He loves working for camp, knowing it is a place where campers and staff will have some of the most formative, fun and meaningful experiences of their lives.

Bobby and Barbara

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Like all of the Boyd sons, Bobby grew up in the camping business, probably being able to rig a camp tarp before he could turn the knob on a television set. Bobby, who went to West Georgia College, oversees the maintenance department for both camps and travels to camp promotional visits during the winter. His wife, Barbara, is a graduate of Mars Hill College.

John and Catherine Menendez, Timberlake Directors

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Camp Timberlake has been a huge part of John’s life since 2000. During his summers as a camper counselor, and program director, camp became a second home and he is thrilled to be returning to Timberlake as Director. John grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from Vanderbilt University, where he and his wife, Catherine, met. After working for 3 years in community development in Nicaragua, he is excited to be living in his favorite part of the country-North Carolina. John and Catherine are passionate about investing in young people, enjoying the great outdoors, and summers at camp!

Each of us is blessed to be a part of the Merri-Mac family. It is a family where history is important.

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