summer camps in Texas

Jim and Pam Behling
Founders & Spiritual Director/Registrar

Jim and Pam Behling are the couple behind Deer Creek Family Camp, Inc. and have more than thirty years of experience in Camping and Hospitality Ministry throughout camps in Texas and the U.S.

Some of Jim’s accomplishments include…Ranch Manager at T Bar M Tennis Ranch and Conference Center, New Braunfels, and the CEO of Kanakuk Kamps, Branson, MO. Jim was a deacon at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, in New Braunfels, and has served on Christian Camping International Board of Directors.

Pam raised two boys Todd 48 and Tobin 42, while attending and graduating with honors from Texas A&M and currently is grandmother of three grand-girls. Pam taught High School - English and World History for 20 years




Veronica "Vern" Laborde
Marketing Manager/Womens Director

Vern grew up in San Antonio, Texas and went on to graduate from Texas Christian University in 2014. She first came to Deer Creek in 2009 and served as a member of the Cor Team. That was the summer she fell in love with the ministry and continued to serve another 6 summers in different roles such as counselor, covenant leader, photographer, and videographer. She spent a year up at Sky Ranch as a member of their Legacy Fellowship program where she was able to experience camp ministry from a different perspective. She is excited to be back home at Deer Creek, further growing her camp family.




Deanna Ramirez
Catholic Adventure Week Coordinator

Deanna was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. She came to camp as a Corpus Christi camper for 5 summer and has been on summer staff for 3 summers. She is a recent graduate from the University of St. Thomas in Houston with Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Theology. Her passion for camp is to foster an environment that children can learn about who Jesus is and be unashamed in living out their faith. Having been a camper and receiving so much from Deer Creek Camp, Deanna wants campers to feel at home and gain a closer relationship with Christ through their time at camp!



Sara Navarro
LIA Director

Sara comes to us from San Antonio, Texas. She graduated from UT Dallas in 2016 with a Business Administration degree. She knew she could call Deer Creek home after her first summer when she served as an LIA counselor. Her favorite part was seeing her campers grow in their faith as well as gain confidence in their leadership skills. Sara is excited to lead the LIA program this summer. She hopes that the campers will be stretched out of their comfort zone and learn how to be a leader within their community, all while having an unforgettable experience.




Ann Wells

Ann Wells was raised here in Medina, Texas, and has been with Deer Creek Camp for three years. Previously, She worked for Love Creek Orchards for over twenty years as a bookkeeper and office manager. She is married to Buddy Wells and she has three children and six grandchildren.



Alma Fernandez
Head of Food Services

Alma has been a part of Deer Creek Camp since the beginning. Her food is the bomb! Just ask any of our campers.


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