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.
JoBeth Watts, Assistant Director
Hey there, my name is JoBeth! I am from Gadsden, AL, and I graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the spring of 2021. All of my college summers were spent on staff at Maranatha, and those two months were always the highlight of my year. I am thrilled to now be a full-time staff member! The Lord has been so gracious to let me work at a place that is dedicated to glorifying Him above all else.
At Maranatha, we live, play, adventure, and learn in the beauty of God’s Creation. This gives us the special chance to share the Good News of Jesus with our campers in a simple, unplugged, distraction- free environment. It is my prayer that through marveling at His majesty in nature (Psalm 8), every person who comes to Camp Maranatha will experience the hope and joy that can only be found in Him.