Boot Camp Q & A: Matt Krause

We got the privilege to talk to some past boot campers and ask them a few questions about their experience at Precept’s boot camps. We hope you will enjoy!

Boot Camp Q &A: Matthew Krause


Texas House Rep. Matthew Krause

Texas House Rep. Matthew Krause

Matthew Krause is a great asset not only to his country, state, family, but also to us here at Precept Ministries International. He is faithful husband to his wife, a loving father to his children, and also a brother to non other than the “infamous” Micheal Krause. Matt is a past boot camper who now serves the great state of Texas and our country in the Texas House of Representatives. He was gracious enough to take some time to think of the memories he had here at Precept years ago. We hope you are encouraged! 

What years did you go to Boot Camp?

–    I began attending Boot Camp in 1995 and continued (in various capacities) until 2002. One year I served as support staff, and one year as a counselor. I also attended College Boot Camp in 2012.

Do you remember what you studied the years you were here? What were they?

–      We studied quite a few things during those years – from II Timothy, to the life of Abraham, to Titus, I Corinthians etc.

Which one was your favorite? Why?

–      Studying the life of Abraham had quite an impact on me. During that Boot Camp it really hit home that God uses ordinary men and women to do extraordinary things for Him. I had always built Abraham up as this perfect “man of faith.” But, after studying him that year at Boot Camp, I could see he was a real man with real problems and weaknesses. Yet, God still used him to change the course of humanity.

Do you still keep in touch with people from camp? What are those friendships like now?

–      I try to – as much as possible. For a while, a good friend of mine from Boot Camp, Jeremy Lucarelli, and I lived close together. Although we did not see each other near enough (in fact, it’s a travesty we didn’t hang out more while he was in Texas) when we were together, it was like old times.  Stephen Hinkle sang at my wedding and was in my brother’s wedding. So, the friendships that were made (like James Gottry, Ben Sones, Mickey Hammel, the Hinkle brothers) during Boot Camp have lasted time and distance. And I have no doubts that I could call them up today with a problem and they would be right there to help.

What are some of the most memorable moments from boot camp for you?

–      Perhaps the most spiritually significant night for me was June 27, 1998. We had just looked at Isaiah 53:10 where it said that God was pleased to crush His Son for our sake. That made a profound impact on me. And I remember it being a night where the Lord broke my spirit. I remember Kristin (Miller) Hammel coming over to me that evening and asking why I was crying. I couldn’t even put it into words. It wasn’t sadness, it wasn’t joy, but just a deep sense of conviction and awe that the Creator of the world would be pleased to crush His only Son for the sake of my salvation. I count that as one of my turning points in life.

–      Boot Camp is where my brother Michael and I really formed a bond and friendship that went deeper than what we had before.

–      On a lighter side, I loved the camaraderie and memories made with my fellow campers. Whether it was skits like “Bow-Tie” or performing as “N-Hync”, or playing snaps in the eating area, playing basketball and volleyball, or late night talks in the cabins – it all helped build an environment of friendship.

–      I also remember Kay Arthur telling us to call her “Pretty Aunt Kay” and that she gave one of the most moving and powerful talks on the death and resurrection of Christ that I have ever heard.

–      I always appreciated the mentorship aspect of men like David Lawson and Johnny Tatum. Just being around them, asking them questions, and listening to the advice they gave others was invaluable in helping grow my relationship with Christ. Also, when I was contemplating getting married, Ritchie and Ashley Johnson were kind enough to get up early one morning and let me fire questions at them about marriage, it’s challenges, it’s rewards etc. That was above and beyond what they were supposed to do as counselors, and I will be eternally grateful for the time they took with me that day.

Do you believe that others should attend boot camp? Why or why not?

–      I know it probably sounds cliché, but Boot Camp was a life changing event for me. It wasn’t that I was headed down the wrong path or doing things that I should not be doing. But, Boot Camp helped instill in me a desire to want to know God and His Son more and at a deeper level. Not only that, but it gave me the tools to do so through the inductive study method. I cannot recommend Boot Camp highly enough to students seeking to grow in their walk with God, make lifelong friendships and connections, and have the joy of knowing you spent your summer focused on things of eternal value.

What advice would you give to those that are thinking about coming to boot camp?

–      Just do it! Believe it or not, I was not very excited about coming to Boot Camp that first year. In fact, my parents virtually had to sign me up and drag me there. I don’t know what I was expecting, but after a few days of Boot Camp I was hooked. I loved it so much that it became the focal point of my summer for the next seven years. If you are thinking about coming – I highly encourage you to give it a shot. You won’t be disappointed!


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