Chase Epps, Director
My name is Chase Epps and my family has been blessed to be called to the Lord’s service here at Camp Maranatha in October 2016. I’m 39 years old from the Houston, TX area. I have a beautiful wife, Maria’ (pronounced Mariah) and three incredible daughters, -Ellie (8), Regan (7), and Julia (4). I have almost two decades of ministry experience, most that being in Christian camping, and truly believe God has been preparing me for such a calling as this.
I am very excited about the opportunity set before us to reach Northern Alabama and the surrounding area for Christ. Camp has the unique ability to immerse a person in God’s creation and take them away from the distractions of everyday life. Psalm 19 says, “The Heavens declare the glory of God” – His creation speaks into people’s lives like nothing else. In a world where people are constantly indoors and looking at screens, camp can change some one’s life forever. I truly believe, “Lives are changed at Camp.”
Many of you have experienced this life change here at Camp Maranatha and that’s why you continue to faithfully support this ministry. I want to personally thank you for your generosity and faithfulness. It’s obvious that this camp has a proud and great history and has impacted many generations throughout the years. I’m humbled to be a part of this legacy.
It is my intention to reinvigorate this camp, to create an atmosphere of excitement and excellence. I would like to invite you to help me take Maranatha’s rich history and reach future generations here on the shores of Lake Guntersville.
Lindey Nelson, Assistant Director
Lindey hails from Jacksonville, Alabama. She is grateful to be a daughter, sister, and aunt. Having grown up in the Southern Baptist tradition, Lindey attended the Florida GA/Acteens camp several times and was a counselor as a teen. It was through these times at camp that the Lord particularly helped Lindey to overcome unbelief and to commit to serving Him for the rest of her life.
Lindey graduated from Campbellsville University in Kentucky with a degree in Art Education and a minor in Biblical Studies. During her college years, Lindey was a part of a Vineyard Church as well as a juggling ministry called Spin4.
Post college, Lindey served two years in the Americorps with an environmental corps in Austin, Texas, and with a community development non-profit in Biloxi, Mississippi. She taught English as a second language for two years at Sias International University in Henan, China. More recently, Lindey lived and worked at HoneyRock, Wheaton College’s Outdoor Center for Leadership Development in Wisconsin, while pursuing her graduate degree in Christian Formation and Ministry with an emphasis in Outdoor Adventure Leadership.
In November of 2016, Lindey attended the Christian Camp and Conference Association’s national conference where she met Roland Walker, a board member of Camp Maranatha. Now Lindey is thankful to be working alongside Maranatha’s staff and volunteers so that Maranatha will continue to be a place of encounter with Jesus and transformation of lives.