Stan Buckley – Stan is the founder and Executive Director of But God Ministries and formerly served as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Jackson, MS from 2004-2011. In addition, he practiced law in Hattiesburg, MS for four years before becoming a pastor in 1995. His education includes degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi (B.S. 1988), Mississippi College School of Law (J.D. 1991), and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div. 1998, D.Min. 2009).
Cynthia Howell – Cynthia answers the phone, helps organize the trips, handles the bookkeeping, and is involved in most of the activies of But God Ministires. Her husband, Byron, has been a pastor for many years. Cynthia has worked as an administrative assistant at numerous churches, including First Baptist Jackson from 2004-2012.
Tony and Mickie West – Tony and Mickie West moved to Haiti in August of 2012 to run our medical/dental clinic on a full-time basis. Tony is an RN with a Masters in Health Care Administration. Mickie spent many years as a high school English teacher as well as an adjunct professor at Mississippi College. In addition to operating the clinic each day, Tony and Mickie host mission teams, including medical and dental teams.
Board of Directors
Stan Buckley - see above
Wayne Comans – Wayne is a businessman from Decatur, MS. He is an active member of Clarke-Venable Baptist Church. In addition to his business pursuits, Wayne and his wife, Sandy, have served for over a year as house parents in one of the Children’s Homes of the North Carolina Baptist Convention. Wayne spent two weeks in Haiti with the first construction teams that were sent to build the medical-dental complex in May of 2011.
Lee Cope – Lee is a pediatric dentist who lives in Clinton, MS. Lee helped organize and lead our first dental trip to Haiti in February of 2011. Lee has been involved in international mission work for many years.
Barbara Gladney – Barbara has served as the Project Coordinator for this work in Haiti since October of 2010. She has been involved in all aspects of this ministry including construction, mission teams, assimilating partner churches, and all other activities related to the work in Haiti.
Buddy Huff - Buddy lives in Edwards, MS and works as a Senior Vice-President for Trustmark Bank in Jackson, MS. He has been to Haiti several times and has served as the Chairman of the Haiti Oversight Committee at First Baptist Church, Jackson, MS.
John Lewis – John is a realtor and lawyer living in Jackson, MS. John has been engaged in local, national, and international missions for many years, giving leadership to the inner-city work of First Baptist Church Jackson, MS.
Mark Rich – Mark is a landscape architect in Jackson, MS who has been involved in this work in Haiti from the very beginning. He accompanied Stan Buckley, our founder, on the first exploratory trip to Haiti in the summer of 2010 and has been deeply involved in the design and construction of all aspects of the sustainable community that is being built.
Billy Van Devender – Billy is a businessman in Jackson, MS. He has been involved in international missions for many years, including work in Trinidad, Moldova, and Haiti. Billy went to Haiti with the first dental trip in February of 2011. In addition, two of his children, William and Anne, have served on mission teams in Haiti in 2011.