Our small Staff is able to facilitate teams in Belize and keep things up and running in the US, all-the-while empowering Christ-followers to find their potential by serving His people.
Tim Tam - Executive Director
As a teen in the northern suburbs of Chicago Tim Tam, Executive Director of TWAW, began his journey with Christ through the ministry of Young Life. Throughout his college days he was involved with youth programs and Bible studies leading the New Trier Young Life Club where he served for 8 years. In 1979 he graduated from Trinity College in Deerfield, IL where he majored in biblical studies and psychology. In 1980 he joined the staff at First Presbyterian Church in Evanston, IL as Director of Youth Ministries. While working there Tim participated in several mission trips and projects. He realized the immense value of these activities not only for the recipients, but also for manner in which they transformed the participants. Involving young people in mission became a focus of Tim's ministry. He left Evanston in August of 1988 to further his studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where he earned his Masters of Divinity. After graduation he, his wife (Lisa) and three children (Cara, Josh, and Nate) moved to Amarillo, TX where Tim served as associate pastor of Youth ministries and adult education at First Presbyterian Church.
While serving at FPC Amarillo the mission to Belize took on a life of its own. What began as a spring break mission trip rapidly grew into an independent 501(C)3 non-profit organization. Founded in 2002, TWAW now serves as an interdenominational ministry engaging hundreds of volunteers each year from across our nation, impacting tens of thousands of lives in Belize.
Today Tim continues to live in Amarillo with his amazing wife, Lisa, and travels frequently to Belize.
Kenny Logan - Construction Manager
I was born September 17 1969 in Monkey River Town, Belize into a large family hence the joy of work was taught early on the small farm we had. Fishing was also a part of every day life. I attended elementary but not high school. At about 17 years of age I gave my life to Christ and I started working in the construction industry. This became my joy and building with my hand gave me a sense of purpose. I am very much self-taught in all the areas of house construction. In 1993 I was offered a scholarship to study Theology in Barbados and graduated top in my class. I was later ordained as a pastor and served in that capacity for about 7 years. 1999-2001 I was the construction supervisor for Habitat for Humanity Belize and helped build 14 houses. Then I went to the USA for a while and was planning to start life over there but on a short trip home I met Tim Tam and volunteered to work with his group if I was available. Well, I am still available doing the thing I enjoy doing. So every day I go to work at my hobby. Yes, our God is good and has a big sense oh humor. And I am just his servant, so pray that I may continue to do so.
Tim Hagen - Redemptive Recycling Coordinator
Tim Hagen grew up in Amarillo, TX and was a boy in the youth group at First Presbyterian Church Amarillo while Tim Tam was youth minister there. He took his first trip to Belize with Tim Tam as a high schooler in 1995. He met his wife Ginger at Belhaven College in Jackson, MS. They were married in 2000 and have two children so far—Lulu and Walt. Tim began working for TWAW in 2009. The Hagen’s attend St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Amarillo and enjoy travel, puzzles, and good food. When Tim is not working for TWAW he might be found in his shop working on a piece of custom furniture.
Mollie Swafford- Operations Manager
Mollie joined us in January 2012. No stranger to organizing pastors or church staff, Mollie comes to us after years of serving in the local church and with para-church organizations. Mollie shares, "God is so good and He has such a sense of humor - just when I thought I was done with keeping pastors organized, He brought me Tim Tam!!!!! I believe God is up to something truly unique and powerful at The Word at Work. It's a privilege to watch God move in the hearts of His people as we serve side-by-side." Mollie recently married Mike Swafford and they share three children: Andrew, Wilson, Whitney & her husband Reed.
Jose "Chepito" Valencia - Project Assistant
I was born in San Salvador after my parents fled Aguilares because of war. I was six months old when we came to Belize and have lived here ever since. I live in a beautiful community called the Valley Of Peace in the Cayo District. I am the 5th of seven siblings. As a young boy, every weekend and holidays we would join my dad in the farm, planting different crops and taking care of them. I went to primary school in the Valley of Peace, high school in Belmopan and junior college in Belize city. I am happily married to my wife Patricia and am a proud father of three: Christian, Sophia and a third that we await (it’s a boy)! For ten years I was a primary school teacher in the Valley of Peace and at St. Margaret’s, which I enjoyed a lot - but now God has given me an opportunity to serve in a different manner with The Word at Work. "Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Wherever I am needed to serve, let me serve under your guidance."
Jo Cole - Administrative Assistant/Trip Coordination
Jo Cole was born in Belize and raised in a Christian Children's Home in Ontario Village from the age of three. After completing high school, she took a two year training course in Tourism and did her internship at Banana Bank Lodge where she was then hired. She met Tim Tam when he would take mission teams to stay at Banana Bank. On one of those trips she met her husband, Chad Cole, and eventually moved to the US where she has lived since 2012. Jo and Chad have one son, Asher. Jo began working part-time for TWAW in February 2014. She shares, "I am blessed that God has called me to work for a ministry that helps those in need, especially for my country Belize. What I've heard Tim often say is also true for my life, "find where God is at Work and join him."
Dyann Folkner - Financial Secretary
Having been in the depths of corporate America in my "prior" life and with many non-profit volunteer hours under my belt, I am delighted that God has led me to The Word at Work. It is exciting to think that the skills God has honed in me will be used for his purposes. It humbles me that I am included in this wonderful ministry! I was raised in Amarillo, Texas, moved to California in 1988, and found myself back in Amarillo in 2000. I hold a BBA in Management from West Texas A&M University and an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts from Amarillo College. My husband Kirk and I have two sons, Nicholas and Graham. My life’s loves are God, family, animals, gardening and repurposing found treasures!