Chachi Avirett - Executive Director- WFR, Lead Instructor/Guide
Chachi’s experience with wilderness adventure and spiritual leadership are extensive. He has been leading, guiding and instructing backpacking, whitewater rafting, fly-fishing, 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 and his wife, Grace, currently reside outside Cleveland, Tennessee, where they continue to lead, build, and promote TRAIL Ministries.
Logan Hall - OUTPOST Director, WFR, Lead Backcountry Instructor/Guide
Logan Hall is a student at Lee University and is studying human development with an emphasis on business. Outdoor activities have always been important to him and when not in class he strives to experience more of Gods creation. Camping has always been a family recreation but he began pursuing backcountry backpacking in 2010. In 2012 he began whitewater kayaking and has boated on many rivers in the south east. He has been a river guide on the Ocoee river and has lead trips down other local rivers as well. He has a background in climbing but chooses to spend most of his free time on the water. He has an extensive history of fishing. He began fishing at a very young age with his father and it has became his favorite past time. He has fished competitively since 2012 and still stays involved with local fishing clubs. He is also the President of the Lee University chapter of Upsilon Xi.
Ashton Owens- FA/CPR/AED, Volunteer Backcountry Instructor/Guide Jesse Miller- Volunteer Backcountry Instructor/Guide
Ashton Owens is a student at Lee University and is studying Pastoral Ministries with a minor in Digital Media Studies. Growing up in the mountains of Western North Carolina, the outdoors were an integral part of his life as well as his faith. He has grown up fishing, hiking, and camping. He began backwoods orienteering, camping and exploration in high school, and began to pursue flyfishing in college. He is a Youth Pastor, and finds the wilderness to be one of the greatest venues for God to speak and move in his own life as well as others. He is also currently a member of the Lee University Anglers competitive fly fishing team and leads, guides and instructs on backcountry and flyfishing trips with TRAIL.
Jesse Miller-WFR, Volunteer Backcountry Instructor/Guide
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.
Josh Zello, LPC - Volunteer Backcountry Instructor/Guide
Josh’s experience with the outdoors began at an early age hunting and fishing with his father and grandfather. Since then, he has grown in wilderness experience and trip leadership. He has led a variety of trips ranging from a 106 mile backpacking trip to half day Equine Therapy groups. He as been working with TRAIL Ministries since 2014, co-leads with Chachi as an instructor on fly fishing trips out to Wyoming, Montana, Colorado and all over the Southeastern United States. Josh is also a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Tennessee and operates a private practice counseling center in Cleveland, TN. He enjoys and is passionate about integrating counseling principles with lessons found in the outdoor experience, and brings a helpful level of depth and insight to experiential discipleship. Josh, his wife Juliea and their three children, Avett, Emma and Nathaniel, reside in Cleveland, TN where they support and participate in the mission of TRAIL.