Director of Operations
Tim chose to live in the Texas Hill Country in 1995. He is a graduate of Westminster College in London. Tim loves to spend time outside with his wife, Amy, and their Australian Shepherd, Bucket. His role at Laity Lodge is to oversee the day-to-day operations of the Lodge. He considers working at Laity Lodge to be one of the great blessings in his life.
Program Operations Manager
Gate is responsible for managing and coordinating all of the logistics and operational and promotional activities for Laity Lodge. Originally from Mississippi, Gate comes to the Lodge from Austin where he worked at All Saints Presbyterian Church. He and his wife, Sarah, have two children, Eleanor and Wiley.
Laity Lodge Registrar and Church Liaison
Ann handles registration for all the retreats at Laity Lodge. If you have any questions about availability, the facilities, or special needs, Ann is the one to call. Before Ann and her family moved to Kerrville, she was the registrar for the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin. Ann enjoys encouraging people to get away from their everyday worlds to retreat. Ann and her husband, Karl, live in a Hill Country stone cottage built in 1932. They have three grown children: Lee, Ben, and Laura.
Steven D. Purcell
Executive Director of Laity Lodge
Steven Purcell came to Texas in October 2006 by way of Seattle. From 1997-2002, he was the Director of Conferences and Retreats at Schloss Mittersill, in Mittersill, Austria. During those years, he gained an appreciation for schnitzel and cross-country skiing—two affections he rarely enjoys in Texas. His bio changed considerably after moving to Texas when he met and married Amy Hodge in August of 2008. In January of 2011, Ainsley was born into the family and has changed everything for the better. Steven enjoys travel, reading, music, food, friends, and maintaining the smallest garden in Texas.
Office Assistant and Hostess
Connie first came to Laity Lodge in 2003 as a hostess after her career with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. She presently wears two hats with the Foundation programs as a part-time Office Assistant in Kerrville and Hostess in the Canyon. Connie and her husband, Larry, reside in Bandera, Texas, with two sons, one daughter-in-law, and four wonderful grandchildren. Connie considers each day a gift from God meant to be enjoyed with family, friends, and service to others.
Laity Lodge Intern
Katie is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, where for the past five years she has served as a volunteer Young Life leader. Before coming to the Lodge, she worked in the children’s and youth ministry at CrossPointe Church in Northwest Austin. Katie provides support in retreat preparation, delivery, and follow up to ensure the highest quality of hospitality to our Laity Lodge guests. She enjoys music, reading, spending time with family and friends, and doing anything outdoors.