Meet Our Team
Amazima Ministries is extremely blessed to have an incredible staff. An organization is only as strong as the people who are working toward the same purpose. Thankfully, we have a clear mission and some of the best people in the world.
We are honored to be led by a group of men and women who love the Lord and desire to lead with integrity, compassion, and wisdom.
Darryl serves as Chairman of Amazima’s board. He is married and has two teenage daughters. Darryl is a financial advisor at Raymond James and is active on the mission committee at his church in Nashville, TN.
Mary Pat is the mother of Katie Davis Majors and “Jjaja” to 15 beautiful grandchildren. She has been directly involved with Amazima Ministries International since its inception in 2007. She has experience with both state-side and in-country programs.
Mary Virginia is a native Nashvillian, along with her husband Chet and their two children. She has a heart for mission work, especially in Uganda. She volunteers for many organizations in Nashville during her free time.
Sam is a founding member of Sims|Funk, PLC, a litigation boutique located in Nashville. For 20 years, Sam has represented individuals and businesses in a wide range of complex business disputes. Additionally, Sam has been involved in several local and international organizations, including the International Justice Mission (legal mission trips to India, Kenya and Thailand), Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee (Board Member), and others.
Jeff is the founder and executive director of Tin Man, a ministry that invests deeply and personally in the lives of Christian leaders and the organizations they lead. In addition to counseling, coaching, and consulting, Jeff speaks nationally and internationally on relational and spiritual authenticity, the emotional life of a leader, spiritual formation, leadership, addiction, biblical masculinity, adoption, fatherhood, and parenting.
Jeff has 30+ years of experience providing strategic counsel and fundraising services to national nonprofits. He received an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia, and is married to Peggy and proud father to three grown sons and one daughter-in-law.
Don is a classically trained marketer who has translated a consumer products background into building award-winning customer benefit driven businesses. He has profitably grown billion-dollar brands, successfully launched new businesses and products, and led several nationally recognized real estate development projects. Don received his J.D. & M.B.A. degrees from the University of Texas. He lives in Franklin, TN with his wife, Kari, and their five children.
Ben has over 20 years of human resources experience helping large public and private organizations create a great employee experience and align people with the business and mission. Ben received his B.A. from Furman University and M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Karen, and two daughters. Ben currently serves as an elder at First Presbyterian Church of Nashville.
Ryan Harris is the Head of Middle School at Franklin Road Academy in Nashville, TN. Previously, Ryan taught and coached a variety of grade levels in Williamson County (TN) Schools prior to becoming the principal of Nolensville Elementary School. He and his wife Angie live in Brentwood, TN, and have twin girls. The Harris family is quite involved in their church, First Church of the Nazarene, in downtown Nashville where Ryan is an adult Sunday School class teacher.
Katie moved to Uganda over a decade ago with no idea that this would be the place that God chose to build her home and her family. Today, she is a wife to Benji and mom to her fifteen favorite people. Katie and her family invest their lives in empowering the people of Uganda with education, medical care, and spiritual discipleship. She is also the author of two New York Times bestsellers, Kisses from Katie and Daring to Hope.
Amazima is made up of incredible team members in both the United States and Uganda. With a team of over 150, the large majority are local Ugandans. It is always our goal to provide jobs to Ugandans first, before Westerners, so they can support their families and their community.