Mel Truex


Hollow Rock’s seventh president, Rev. Melvin Truex, came to the camp in 1962 and served as youth superintendent from 1972-1976, before becoming president in 1977. When taking office in October of 1977,  he commented, “Hollow Rock is God’s camp. We only work here as we share the privilege of service. Let us labor in oneness in Him.”

An ordained minister in the Church of Christ in Christian Union, Rev. Truex served in the Little Country Church in Waynesburg, Ohio, for 25 years. Subsequently, he accepted an appointment as Senior Pastor to Faith Memorial Church in Lancaster, Ohio, from 1987 to 2006. Then in 2009, he rejoined the staff at FMC as Member Care Minister.


Jon Truex

Youth Director

Jon has been coming to Hollow Rock since infancy and fearlessly leading our youth since 1995.

Born and raised in the town of Waynesburg, Ohio, Jon is a graduate of Ohio Christian University with a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry & Missions. At OCU he met his wife, Jodie, and throughout their marriage they have served in youth & children’s ministry. The Truexs have five children – Jeremiah, Kiirsten, Lauren, Mackenzie, and Natalie. In his free time Jon enjoys basketball, golf, 4 wheeling/go carts, and pelting teens with paintballs.


Stephanie Schellin

Children's Director

Stephanie Schellin has been faithfully teaching our children since 1988. With a Masters Degree in Christian Education, Stephanie is well equipped to take on this role — more important, she just loves sharing Jesus' love with children.

Stephanie has been a college professor, an elementary school Principal and a middle school Bible teacher. Currently she is Director of Children and Adult Education at Southland Community Church in Indiana. She makes learning the Bible fun while at the same time helping kids worship Jesus with all their hearts.

When Stephanie isn't pouring herself into kids, she enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family.  Husband, Steve, has served God at Hollow Rock as director of youth and as an evangelist. The Schellin’s two children, Meredith and Landon, are proud to be lifelong Hollow Rockers.


Wendy Hanks

Children's Director

Born in July of 1967, Wendy's parents Rev. and Mrs. Mel and Sally Truex, brought her to Hollow Rock that year when camp was held at the beginning of August. She has been coming every year since! 

Wendy has found great joy and fulfillment in volunteering at churches over the past 25 years sharing the love of Jesus with children through nursery work, Bible lessons, musicals, Jr. Choir, VBS, camps, and currently leading worship with elementary students at her local church. Since 2004, she has ministered alongside her best friend Stephanie Schellin with the children at Hollow Rock and delights in watching many of them literally grow up here as she did! 

With a degree in social work, Wendy works as an Early Head Start Home Visitor assisting families and their young children (Birth-3yr olds) on a daily basis.  She lives in Lancaster, OH with her husband Jonathan and 2 children, Courtney and Brandon. 


Phil and Cindy Carney


Phil and Cindy took on the mantel of Hollow Rock caretakers in 2006 providing the invaluable service of maintaining and caring for our buildings, grounds and infrastructure. 

At the ripe age of two months old, Phil attended his first camp with his parents — he hasn't missed a year since. He received a B.S. in Secondary Education from Wright State University. Phil has served as a Hollow Rock Board Member since 1995. 

Also a life long Hollow Rocker, Cindy received her B.S. from Youngstown State University and a PhD from West Virginia University in Geological Sciences. Cindy retired from her position as Geology Professor at Wright State University to accept the caretaker position with Phil. When not caring for our campgrounds with Phil, Cindy teaches high school science full-time in Steubenville.

Phil and Cindy are active members of the Chester Church of the Nazarene. Their son, Marshall, graduated from The Ohio State University in 2011.