True North Ministry

Liberating Imprisoned Youth

About Us

At True North Ministry, we believe Jesus Christ is the key to recognizing the value of ALL peoples, achieving justice and that Jesus is the ONLY perfectly just person who has ever lived. We know this because from the words of Jesus, all have been made in His image and with that, the barrier of the dividing wall that separates races, classes of people and sexes has been abolished. Through the cross, all people groups are made ONE in His church. We believe God loves everyone, as He said, “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him may have eternal life.” We believe the solution to achieving reconciliation and justice for all people groups is for individuals to come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ – by being born again to a living hope, a hope which is un-perishable and will not fade away and is reserved in heaven.

We believe True North Ministry is a part of that solution. Since our founding, in 2002, we have offered without any bias the saving hope of Jesus, and we are actively engaged in building disciples of Christ. We will continue to strategically invest in the lives of young people, building a foundation of faith, hope and living skills as we strive to obey Jesus’ command to make disciples of all nations.

NEW Indian River Youth Detention Center Program

This past August of 2023, a group of True North volunteers began scheduled visits at the Indian River Juvenile Detention Center in Massillon Ohio to share the Good News with incarcerated youth. Our goal is to guide these youth to follow the path that leads to Jesus and provide them with practical life skills.

We are seeking volunteers and prayers as we seek to establish a new program at Indian River next year. The new program will focus on resume preparation, interviewing skills, work ethic and financial literacy.

If you have would like to volunteer at Indian River or have questions, please contact our Program Coordinator, Dave Sponaugle, at (216) 906-6488 or via e-mail at [email protected].


Since 2002, True North Ministry has been led by God to provide hope, encouragement, and the life-changing news of the saving grace of Jesus Christ to area youth. We have primarily ministered to incarcerated youth, but over the past three school years, we have been involved with an after-school program in inner-city Akron where youth of all ages can come to a secure and welcoming Christian environment.

Over the years, we have seen the lives of many boys and girls impacted for the better as they come to know that despair can be replaced with hope and doubt can be turned into confidence and self-worth. When they accept salvation through Jesus into their hearts, they gain a greater understanding of what true life is.

Each year, except during the pandemic of COVID-19, we have held an annual banquet to celebrate the successes that God has provided to us, announce where the ministry is headed over the next 12+ months, and bring the community together to join us in our efforts. In doing so, we have been able to raise funds needed to continue our work in the community and hopefully grow and help more kids come to know Christ as their Lord and Savior. This year, we have decided to forego having the banquet and instead approach you with a direct request to prayerfully consider giving to True North Ministry.



True North Ministries Spring Quarterly Newsletter

NEEDS: Prayers: Pray that youth we minister to will continue to embrace and grow in their knowledge and love of Jesus Pray for wisdom for our staff to make Godly decisions allowing for maximum program growth and youth coming to Christ. Pray that our grant requests are...

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