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
Volunteer Lead Instructor/Lead 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 was also the President of the Lee University chapter of Upsilon Xi.
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.
Ashton 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.