Mobilizing and enabling ORDINARY PEOPLE to make an EXTRAORDINARY IMPACT on the lives of people in impoverished and developing areas of the world.
Andy Stewart, Co-Founder,
Board Member and President
My first encounter with Africa was in 1999. I went to Uganda with 6 other men from my church to help build the first school building for Patrick and Eva Walusimbi and Maranatha Christian Schools in the town of Mityana. I immediately fell in love with the people and the culture. I was also filled with a passion to help those in need who are unable to help themselves. In 2005, I began work raising money and taking teams to Uganda to help construct buildings and water projects. In 2009 I added a child sponsorship program to provide ongoing support to orphans and vulnerable children in need.
My motivation for founding True Impact is based on Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God has prepared in advance for us to do.” Believing this truth has led me on multiple short term mission trips to Africa, including Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia.
I live in Castle Rock, Colorado, and enjoy hiking, biking and travel with my wife, Heather. When not volunteering with True Impact, I make my living working for a commercial construction firm based in Denver.
Amy O'Neill, Board Member and Secretary
I live in Minnetonka, Minnesota with my husband, Tim, and our three children. I work as a Gifted and Talented teacher coaching staff, working with curriculum planning and providing enrichment opportunities for elementary age students. My family and I have been a part of True Impact Ministries since 2012 through our connection to the Hoffman Memorial Children's Home in Jinja, Uganda.
I first traveled to Uganda with the True Impact team in 2013 to dedicate the Hoffman Memorial Home and visit other TIM projects in the country. My family has since visited Uganda each year for several weeks at a time working with teachers, staff and sponsored children. I am excited to be serving on the True Impact board and can't wait to see how God will continue to work in and through our ministry partners, sponsors and those we serve.
Jeff Thomas, Board Member and Treasurer
I live in Denver, Colorado with my wife, Amy, and two daughters, Megan and Madison. My family and I first became involved with True Impact through our friendship with Andy and Susie and their family, whom we got to know through our church.
I had the privilege of visiting Uganda in 2012 with a team lead by the Stewarts, and I came away from that trip with a deep appreciation for the people of Uganda, as well as their substantial needs. The trip also sparked in me a desire to become more involved in True Impact’s mission of impacting the lives of the people of Uganda through child sponsorships, building projects, and the provision of donated goods and funds. I am enormously grateful and excited for the opportunity to serve on True Impact’s Board to help fulfill that mission.
Professionally, I run my own law practice. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and engaging in all manner of outdoor activities.
Mike Wood, Board Member and Vice President
I am currently a Healthcare Construction Management Executive with Medxcel FM, specializing in complex programs, systems, project types & team collaboration. I have led national & international organizations, program & project delivery teams and national scale capital programs for over 35 years in Europe, North & South America.
I was recently named a faculty Fellow of the Center for Health Systems & Design, College of Architecture, Texas A & M. I have been Founder and Chair of two non-profit organizations focused on at-risk youth and job skills development for 2nd Career (or beyond) adults. I am a frequent speaker on personal motivation, high-performance teams, team collaboration techniques, US healthcare reform & Capital Programs and Life Balance.
During my personal time I enjoy hiking, climbing, bicycle endurance riding, motorcycle touring, camping, backpacking, reading, history and muscle car restoration. I have accompanied True Impact on multiple trips, leading the medical clinics we set up while there.
Adele Wilson, Board Member
I was introduced to True Impact Ministries by Andy Stewart and I was so impressed by his passion for this ministry. I have a heart for children and sharing the love of Jesus. I want to do my part in sharing the gospel to the ends of the earth and being God's hands and feet to those in need. I feel God's calling to serve this ministry.
I live in Littleton, Colorado and married my high school sweetheart and we are blessed with 4 children and 11 grand children. I have loved Jesus from a very young age and I want to serve Him with my knowledge and experience.
I am an architect and a leader in a design firm in Denver and enjoy my work and want to serve my local community as well as the people of Uganda.
Dave Spiecker, Executive Director
I became involved with True Impact through a friendship with Andy and Susie. My wife Sheila and I attend the same church as the Stewarts and began a friendship with them during a trip to Israel in 2017. Around the same time, God began urging me to leave corporate life and work directly for Him, for His Kingdom. I didn't know what He had planned for me, but trusting Him, I left corporate life on March 15th of 2018. Through God’s timing, Andy reached out to me at the end of March and thus began my journey with True Impact Ministries.
My trip to Uganda in 2018 was my first mission trip out of the country. Seeing firsthand the impact of what TIM has done and is doing through the schools and orphan homes, giving children a safe place to live and learn, changed my life. My heart was touched by seeing the joy in the children’s faces while playing and interacting with them.
I look forward to seeing what God has in store for our ministry in the next few years. Much great work has been done already. There is still more to be done. “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)
Tanya Koneman, Sponsorship Coordinator
God sparked a growing passion in me for learning about and serving the people of Africa as a young girl. Along with my family, Phil my husband and Meg, Jon and Andrew our grown children, I was able to travel to Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda in recent years to see first hand the needs of the people and assist as I was able.
I have been a long-time supporter of the Stewart family and their ongoing True Impact ministry, and enjoy prayerfully serving on the board. I firmly believe in the ministry of sponsoring children, providing clean water and buildings, to strengthen lives and structures, allowing widows, orphans and families a gathering place to live and learn.
As the sponsorship coordinator and a trained nurse, I seek to maintain connections with sponsors and students and assist with the well-being of all our children and staff.
Margaret Nantumbwe, Ugandan Accounts and Administration Officer
What started as an inner cry for the helpless Ugandan Child became a reality in 2012 when I teamed up with my close friends and we contributed money to help start a partial scholarship fund for kids in rural areas under a group called True Heart Of Worship. Doing this increased my passion for helping the needy wherever we could. And it is this same passion I still carry whenever we meet up to do our small charities.
In 2016, when I was contacted to work with True Impact Uganda as the Accounts and Administration Officer, I welcomed the opportunity with open arms because the vision, mission, objectives and core values of the organisation were concepts that blended with my hearts vision towards disadvantaged children.
True Impact Ministries is giving education, welfare support, community infrastructural developments to the disadvantaged and as such, lighting a candle of hope to a secure future of opportunities.
As I monitor and account for every donation extended to the needy, I am grateful to God that my Bachelors Degree in Business Administration is put to use to a greater calling. I am part of a bigger umbrella; that is, creating visible impact of actions and in truth in Uganda.