Director: Rev. Jennifer Bingham Hampton
Jennifer moved to Casar, North Carolina in May 2019 to serve as the first director of Tekoa Foothills. She is an Ordained Elder in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church and has served as the Associate Pastor at Broad Street UMC in Statesville and the Senior Pastor at Sunrise UMC in Lewisville. She is a graduate of UNC- Chapel Hill, Duke Divinity School and the Compass Points Certification Program with Columbia Theological Seminary.
Jennifer served on Tekoa Summer Staff in 2006-2009 and as a Duke Intern in 2010 where she focused on enhancing a discipleship program for staff as well as developing intentional worship practices throughout the summer. She is a life-long Girl Scout, recipient of the Gold Award, and has always enjoyed the unique environment of camps and outdoor educational experiences they provide. Jennifer plans to continue her studies of the Theology of Play at the intersection of social justice and creation care.
With sons Edwin & Benjamin, and husband Joseph, Jennifer can be found hiking, building fires, floating down rivers, and exploring their home on 117 acres in the Foothills of North Carolina.
Director of Missions & Maintenance: Joseph Hampton
Hi! My name is Joseph Hampton and I am the Mission and Maintenance Coordinator at Tekoa Foothills. In May of 2019, shortly after my wife was appointed as Camp Director, John Isley asked me to lead two weeks of mission camp. I did not know what that would entail, but I figured since I liked mission trips in high school, it would be fun to help organize and lead them. I quit my job at a factory and our family moved to Casar!
Since arriving in Casar, our family has grown and we now have two sons, Edwin (3) and Benjamin (7mo's). Tekoa Foothills continues to offer Mission Camp and the program is growing every year! I enjoy being part of this community and striving to offer radical Christian hospitality to guests. I hope and pray that this ministry continues to be a life changing experience, for those who participate, those who volunteer, and those we serve.
When not working with Tekoa Missions, I piddle around the property, mow grass, clean the pool, play with my wife and children, build trails, scrape the road, and clean the buildings. This summer I was blessed to share two of my passions with overnight resident campers- helping lead "Paddle Pallooza" on local rivers and going "Into the Wild" teaching outdoor skills to youth. I know the fruits of the Holy Spirit are present in this place and that my toil will glorify God.
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Camp Dog: Lylah Jane
Lylah Jane is the friendliest labrador retriever that you'll find on the Tekoa Foothills property. She has lived in Winston Salem, Statesville, and Durham, but her favorite home by far is nestled in the rolling hills of Casar.
She is a champion stick chewer and ball catcher. She benefits the camp by chasing after a significant number of birds and by always cleaning up any excess food off your plate (she's a no waste dog!). When she is not hard at work, she enjoys laying in the sunshine, rolling around in the grass, and digging in the dirt.
Lylah truly is a Foothills favorite because she provides everyone with so much love and support!
Check out this article that includes the perspective of Summer 2020 from the four United Methodist summer camps in Western North Carolina.
The full article written by Jordan Mitchell, former Mission & Ministry Catylist, can be found here with photographs taken during her first summer at Tekoa Foothills.
Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9:00am-2:00pm