Since 2006, we have been pairing wilderness programming with discipleship. We lead, guide and instruct backpacking, flyfishing and alpine experiences for males and females 18 years and older.
Discipleship is the passion that drives everything we offer. We define discipleship as learning to walk with God. So whether its a 10,000ft summit, a first trout caught on the fly, or sharing your story for the first time out loud— our desire is to help individuals understand God’s availability and His desire for deeper relationship.
The wilderness offers an opportunity like no other to get away from distraction, find clarity and test one’s limits. The lessons learned in the outdoor classroom setting help shape the soul. The wilderness was created to show us God’s love and pursuit of our heart. We would love to help you discover more of His desire for you.
STAFF AND GUIDES
STAFF AND GUIDES
Executive Director, Lead Instructor/LeadGuide
Chachi’s experience with wilderness and adventure-based programming and spiritual leadership are extensive. He has been leading, guiding and instructing backpacking, whitewater rafting, fly-fishing, backcountry and mountaineering trips/programs in the Southeast and out West since 2003. Chachi served as a volunteer leader with YoungLife for 8 years, was the Youth Pastor at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church for 3 years, was the College Pastor at Campus Church Milledgeville for 2 years and has been leading TRAIL from its start in 2006. He has a passion for seeing individuals walking with the Lord and teaching confidence through wilderness skills and experiences. He, his wife, Grace, and daughter, Hope, currently reside outside Cleveland, Tennessee, where they continue to lead, build, and promote TRAIL Ministries.
Guys Discipleship Director, Lead Instructor/Guide
Tyler is a student at Lee University studying business finance. He is a Chattanooga native that has enjoyed the outdoors since childhood. After high school, he spent nine years in professional baseball with the Colorado Rockies where he was involved with FCA, Baseball Chapel, and a Bible study leader for Unashamed Athletes. Tyler is an avid hunter and fly fisherman, and he is a current member of the LeeU Angler competitive fly fishing team. Tyler finds that he experiences God most out in His creation. He is passionate about discipleship in the context of the outdoors where he can share the Gospel, his passion for the Lord and for God’s creation.
Girls Discipleship Director, Instructor/Guide
Neeley is a senior at Lee University studying TESOL and linguistics. She is a native of the Bradley County area. Growing up in and around the various National Forests located in East Tennessee has shaped her love for the outdoors. Throughout high school she was heavily involved in an outdoor leadership program through her school. In college her love for discipleship continued through various experiences working summer camps and in other ministry opportunities. She has spent time backpacking in various countries throughout Europe. Neeley is also the president of the Lee University chapter of Epsilon Lambda Phi. She is passionate about the opportunity to aid in the discipleship of other students through the both creation and TRAIL
Student Staff, Backcountry Instructor
Jory is a student at Lee University majoring in public relations and minoring is recreation. He's from Acworth Georgia and has had a love for the outdoors since childhood. Hiking and fishing are some of his favorite childhood memories. He has a passion for not only seeing God's creation but caring for its conservation as well. He became involved with TRAIL in 2017 and fell in love with backpacking, fly fishing and everything else the Southeast had to offer. He is extremely excited to be a part of this ministry and to help it grow.
Jesse is a Lee University student studying Biology Education. Raised in Michigan, most of Jesse's outdoor activity involved hunting, fishing, camping, and water sports. He has been a camp counselor for 3 summers. Since coming to Tennessee, he has added climbing, backpacking and flyfishing to his outdoor interests and passions. Jesse has been involved with TRAIL since 2015, leading trips through the Outpost and also helping lead a discipleship group. He used to have long flowing locks but cut his hair off and lost his powers.
• We have to be excellent in the platform from which we share the Gospel. Whether its Bible studies or backcountry programming people have to know that we have enough experience to lead them.
• We share from our experiences and invite others into our story to help them experience Christ and become more fully aware of His availability.
• We define wilderness as a place that we can go to and also as a place that we carry with us. We need others and God to navigate both.
• We define discipleship as learning to walk with God. We live this out through inviting young people into almost every aspect of our lives, broken or whole, in order to be able to share the Gospel.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe in one God comprised of three parts: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe in God the Father, whom we have access to through the sacrifice of His only Son, Jesus, who died on the cross to cover the debt for our sins.
We believe in God the Holy Spirit.
We believe in God the Son, through whom we have forgiveness of sin and access to the Father.
We believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ and its essentiality to true faith.
We believe in the priesthood of the believers and our ability to interact directly with God.
We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and therefore is infallible and accurate.
We believe that God desires a deep and intimate relationship with everyone.
We believe in the need for other Believers to help us walk through this world.
We believe in the local church and the world’s need for its existence.
• Romans 8:12-17- We are co-heirs with Christ. We have been adopted into the Sonship/Daughtership of God.
• Malachi 4:1-6 - Our goal is to reestablish the relationship between the hearts of fathers and sons/daughters.
• 1 John 1:1-14 - We believe in process and God’s availability throughout the whole experience.
• James 1:1-18 - Trials and hardship produce fruit for the ones who endure it with a steadfast faith.
• Jeremiah 29:11-14 - The only way to know what God is up to is to seek Him and spend time in His presence.
• Isaiah 61:1-11 - God is passionate about restoration.
• Psalm 1:1-6 - In order to grow strong, we must spend time with the Lord.
• Psalm 48:14 - God is our guide. A guide isn’t a dictator but a co-participant with experience.
• 1 Corinthians 13:11 - Growing up is essential for our relationship with God.
• 1 Corinthians 9 - Do whatever it takes to win someone for the Gospel.