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.
Hillary Del Rio, Assistant Director & Josh Del Rio, Programs Director
Hi! We are Josh & Hillary Del Rio! We met working at a summer camp in 2017. After getting to know one another, we started dating and were engaged May 1, 2019! Since November 9th, our wedding day, we have earnestly sought The Lord in prayer for His direction in our lives. Having a desire to serve and work together, we began praying for an opportunity. The Lord in His kindness went above and beyond what we could ask or imagine! In April of 2020, we moved to Scottosboro,Alabama from Arlington,Texas to work at Camp Maranatha!
Between the two of us we have over two decades of camp ministry under our belts. We love Camp Ministry! We are so excited to be at a place that loves God and others so well.
We hope to continue that legacy by bringing the love and joy of Jesus to everyone who enters the gates of Camp Maranatha.