Katie Grady, Camp Director / Toby Grady, Camp Chaplain
Toby and Katie Grady have served together as Camp Evergreen Leadership since 2002. Both are natives of Atlanta and graduates of Westminster and Milton High School respectively. Katie grew upas a member of Northside United Methodist Church. After attending Duke University and getting a Masters Degree at the University of Georgia, and while engaged to Toby, Katie accepted the summer position of Camp Evergreen Director in 1999, the camp's first summer of operation.
The Grady's married in 1999 and moved to Portland, Oregon so that Toby, a University of Georgia graduate, could pursue his Masters in Divinity at Multnomah Biblical Seminary. Katie taught music in the public school system during this time. The Grady's were employed at a Cub Scout camp in Oregon for one summer, then accepted positions at Camp Evergreen for the following summer. They've been a part of the Camp Evergreen ministry ever since!
In 2003, the Grady's moved to Boone, North Carolina, where Toby began Trail Student Ministries, a campus ministry at Appalachian State University. During their ten years of ministry there, they added three children to the family: Jacob, Sarah Grace and Stephen.
Most recently the Grady family has moved to Clarkesville, GA, just 20 minutes from camp. In addition to running camp in the summer and retreats in the spring and fall, they run a residential discipleship ministry from their home.
Meet the Camp Evergreen Family
Our counselors are energetic, fun-loving, Christian college students.
They have been carefully interviewed and chosen based on their character and mentorship abilities. Many of the Camp Evergreen staff members are campers who fell so in love with Evergreen that they had to find a way to continue to come back summer after summer. Some staff members have even been married on property. Many more have been married by the long term Camp Pastor, Toby Grady.
Campers are placed in a cabin with at least one Counselor and one Junior Counselor or Counselor-in-Training for a ratio of at least two staff members per eight campers. Staff members are recruited from college campus ministries and go through both a background check and a drug test prior to employment. All lead staff attend a full week of staff training prior to the beginning of camp.
Join our Staff!
Counselors (age 20, or have completed one year of college) are responsible for helping to run weekly children’s camps as well as weekend family camps. Duties include primary responsibility for a cabin of 6-8 campers, leading cabin devotions, leading activities and games and assisting with meal preparation.
A Junior Counselor is a returning Counselor-in-Training. Both are high school aged staff members. Many of our high school students are former campers who just couldn't leave Camp Evergreen out of their summer plans! Our high school staff members serve as support to cabin counselors and help with kitchen clean-up.
Counselors-in-Training (first year staff) and Junior Counselors (return staff) are rising 10th-12th grade students who are responsible for helping to run weekly children’s camps. Duties include living in a cabin and assisting head counselor in caring for 6-8 campers, assisting in activities and games, and assisting meal clean-up.