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.