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 Wallace, Assistant Director
Lindey came to Camp Maranatha after meeting Roland Walker, a faithful Maranatha board member, at the 2016 CCCA (Christian Camp and Conference Association) Annual Conference in Nashville. She had just finished a camp ministry graduate program at HoneyRock, Wheaton College’s Outdoor Center for Leadership Development in Wisconsin. So with the desire to move closer to her family in Jacksonville, Alabama, and with a heart to continue working in camp ministry, Lindey started working at Maranatha in February of 2017. A few short months later, while hosting a retreat group from her church in Maranatha’s Lakeside Lodge, one of Lindey’s new friends introduced her to Jake Wallace. They wed March 31, 2018, and now embark on a wonderful new adventure together.
Lindey graduated from Campbellsville University in Kentucky with a degree in Art Education and a minor in Biblical Studies. Since then, she has tried a myriad of roles, including several summers in camp ministry, two years in the AmeriCorps, and two years as an ESL teacher in China.
Having grown up in the Southern Baptist stream, 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. She is thankful now to be working at Maranatha with the hope to invest in God’s work of life transformation through Jesus Christ.