Hedwig Mbaziira Birungi
The Mother Teresa of Uganda, Hedwig, is equal parts gentleness and strength. As a widow, she knows first hand the difficulties of raising children on her own, yet the grace and provision God gives. For 12 years, she worked for the Uganda Women's Effort for Orphans and during that time, joined an orphan committee at the church where BTCM first started. Hedwig has worn every hat from our humble beginnings to where we are today: from bringing children into her own home, leading construction, and transitioning our ministry to a new property. Hedwig is now BTCM's Executive Director for Uganda and oversees all the day-to-day operations.
Nyakahuma Allan Apuuli
Part of the BTCM family since 2010, Allan served as a volunteer for five years before he came on staff as Assistant Director. He is the one to always lighten the mood of a staff meeting with his quick-witted humor. Allan endlessly testifies, “Everyone that has come onboard, including the kids, has been a miracle.” His perspective is always through the lens of us having a good Father, and giving God glory. Allan has a heart for discipleship and is responsible for overseeing BTCM's construction, groundskeeping team, and supporting US mission teams. If he’s not working, he’s chasing down a soccer ball, eating Ugandan pancakes by the bucket full or exploring on a long road trip.
Marsha is the unofficial adopted daughter/sister of our BTCM staff and has been the bridge between our US staff and the happenings of BTCM in Uganda, since the beginning. Marsha has lived lengths of time in UG over the years helping ensure our children and staff receive all support and resources from the U.S. that they need to thrive. Marsha has recently transitioned from being the head of our sponsorship department, to working directly with our Ugandan team to focus on mobilization and strategy for our BTCM campus and being an advocate and voice for the needs our children have, representing them here in the U.S.
Stephen joined BTCM in October of 2014 with a degree in Social Work and experience in community development as a volunteer for the Kagadi Town Council that greatly prepared him for his role with us. He assisted BTCM in transitioning from our old campus and has been a crucial piece in helping build a healthy environment for our children to thrive. He is an expert in fun and known by everyone for his smile and desire to see children using their God-given identity to strengthen their own communities. This, partnered with his intentionality in building rapport with everyone in Mabaale and his natural leadership abilities, make him a trusted Lead for our Social Workers assisting in carrying out our Child Champion Program and BTCM's honorary comedian.
Taylor found a passion for discipleship, community development, and global missions while doing microfinancing in Honduras. As the U.S. Executive Director of BTCM, he uses his years of experience to oversee operations and act as a liaison with the board of directors. His role also includes team discipleship and visiting Mabaale to strategize and continue building vision with the Ugandan team. He’s loved by the kids and staff for his background in music allowing him to keep up with the frequent singing and dancing that happens on campus. Taylor lives in Nashville, TN with his wife Kelley where they believe that if you want to change the world, it starts in the home. He uses this strategy to lead BTCM to stay child-focused through family development.
Lydia grew up in the BTCM program and knows first hand how it feels to be vulnerable. Her father was completely disabled when a tree fell on him and this sent her family into complete poverty. Her mother spends the majority of her time caring for her father which forced the children to drop out of school to earn income for the family. Lydia came to BTCM originally as a house mom and is still considered one of the most loved housemoms of all time! She faithfully served for 2 years at which point she asked if she could return to school. She completed her nursing degree and felt called to return and serve her BTCM family as our nurse. Her love for Jesus shines as she serves our children medically with a servant’s heart, love of a mother, and tender touch!
Pastor Joseph is a man of integrity; something very countercultural in Uganda. During our transitional years, his stand for children and truth led to the creation of his church, Gospel of Truth. He's an example for our young men in the way he loves his wife, Florence, and his children with passion and affection, not commonly seen in Uganda. He loves discipling our children and staff and helping them learn to follow Jesus more everyday, and is one of the best Ugandan dancers and singers you'll find!
Shelli comes to the team with a wide array of experience: banking, international missions in China, nonprofit orphan care, and most recently on staff with Ethos church. She and her husband live in Tulsa with their adopted daughter from Bulgaria and as an Oklahoma native, considers herself a “Tulsa Random Fact” expert, ask her anything! Shelli's heart for discipleship, relational bent, and administrative giftedness uniquely qualifies her for this role. She oversees the recruitment, engagement, and retention of child and staff sponsors along with providing vision and leadership to the sponsorship program and overall US development.
Francis left a comfortable life in the big city to come and serve our children. As a Certified Public Accountant and experience as an audit assistant for several organizations, he makes sure donations are prioritized for the needs our children have, used correctly, and accounted for each and every day. Francis is not only extremely gifted in keeping accounts for BTCM's ministry caring for 300 children, but he passionate about mentoring orphaned and vulnerable children. Francis makes spending quality time with several of our young boys loving, teaching bible studies, and training them about Jesus, a top priority in the things he carries out for BTCM.
Mariam is a strong, tenacious woman who finds creative ways to do things when there seems to be no way. She joined our team when we were “homeschooling” our children on the old campus - something you typically never done in Uganda. Mariam isn't scared of forging her own path and it has led to her starting the BTCM Canaan Primary School, high-quality Christian education for our children. She trusts Jesus each and every day as we challenge her to do even greater things in the education program for our children, following the vision and plan God is revealing. Mariam leads with compassion, determination and sets an incredible example for our young girls to follow after!
US Board of Directors
Board Chair & Founder