Session Directors


Patrick Chesney


Scotty Lee

Scotty’s involvement with Camp Smiling Acres began in 1974 at the age of 9. His family has a rich history with Camp. His parents and both of his sisters served as staff members for many years. Scotty began counseling at Camp Smiling Acres at the age of 15 and he became an assistant director in 1991. Scotty’s move to director of Second Session came in 1994.

Scotty and his wife Lisa, have been married since 1988 and have two children: a daughter, Chelsea and a son, Philip.

Scotty believes Camp Smiling Acres is a mission field where children are able to experience the love of Christ and the beauty of God’s creation. It is a place to build lasting friendships and memories.

Lance Hendrix

Lance’s involvement in Christian based summer camps began in his early childhood in Virginia and Tennessee. He began his involvement in Camp Smiling Acres in 1983 first as a camper and later as a camper/staff member. Lance has directed 3rd session since 2010 .

Lance and his wife, Becky, have been married since 1994 and have two children: a son Peyton and a daughter, MaryLee.

Lance believes that camp is one of the best places to see God and how
awesome He is. Camp creates an environment that provides a lifetime of great

Josh Frank

Josh’s love for Christian camps began at a young age. The McComb church of Christ, where he grew up, owned a camp in Pricedale, MS. Here, his father and grandfather directed retreats every fall, spring, and summer for many years. In 4th grade, he began attending Christian camp in Mississippi and his high school years were spent at summer camp in Tennessee. In 1998, he was first introduced to Camp Smiling Acres by counseling at 2nd Session under Scotty Lee. It was here that he met his future wife, Sara, who was also a counselor. 

Sara went to Camp Smiling Acres throughout her childhood years and later enjoyed serving as a counselor and “Camp nurse.” They have been married since the year 2000, and they have a daughter, Norah. Josh counseled and served as assistant director under Tom Pullman at the old 4th Session and also under Scotty Lee at 2nd Session. 

He believes that Camp Smiling Acres is an excellent tool for kids to not just learn about Christ, but to actually have a close intimate relationship with him. He also feels that Camp helps kids form closer relationships among friends and the opportunity to make new friends while enjoying what God has created for us.

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