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). Stan has been married to Jewell since 1989 and they have twin sons (1993) and a daughter (1996).
Rusty Hall – Rusty works closely with our Executive Director in all aspects of the work of BGM. Among other things, his focus is on internal operations, job creation/economic development in Haiti, fundraising, and strategic development and coordination of both Haitian locations of ministry as well as future ministry in other places. Rusty has worked in the business world for many years, most recently with Laerdal Medical, Inc. as a regional director for the southeastern United States. His responsibilities included sales, service, and educational support as he led a team of 20 managers, specialists, and engineers. He has a degree in Marketing from Marshall University. He is married to Michelle and they have two grown children, Chris (Chloe) and Corey (Ashley).
Mission Team Coordinator
Beth Rigney – Beth manages the office, helps organize the mission trips, and is involved in most of the activities of But God Ministries. She comes to BGM with a solid record of accomplishment in both the educational and volunteer world. She has a degree in English from Mississippi State University. In her position at BGM she is responsible for all aspects of coordinating the Mission Teams into both of our communities in Haiti. Beth is married to Mark and they have two children.
Director of Accounting
Julie Humphreys – Julie is responsible for all aspects of financial accounting operational objectives. Julie is instrumental in the strategic planning process with oversite of proper accounting and compliance controls for the entire organization. Julie holds an Accounting Degree from the University of Mississippi and has held her CPA since 1995. She resides in Madison with her husband Kevin and two sons.
Full-time Missionaries/Community Manager in Galette Chambon, Haiti
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. They have two sons, Jonathan (Katelyn) and Jacob.
Full-time Missionaries/Community Manager in Thoman, Haiti
Andrew and Laura Rader – Andrew and Laura moved to Haiti in January 2016 to operate our second Hope Center in the mountainous village of Thoman. The Raders are from NW Arkansas where Andrew worked for the state of Arkansas and where Laura has worked as a nurse for over 25 years. Andrew and Laura host mission teams and run the day-to-day operations of the Hope Center with Laura giving special attention to the medical and dental clinics.
Malnutrition Center Manager in Haiti
Rachel Charpie – Rachel moved to Haiti in February of 2015 to work at Children of Christ Home. She currently works with our outpatient malnutrition programs and the Bread of Life Malnutrition Center. Rachel is originally from Mobile, AL and is a Board Certified Music Therapist with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from William Carey University.
Full-time Missionary/Community Manager in Jonestown, MS
Kelly Sayle – Kelly moved to the Miss. Delta in September 2016 to operate our Hope Center in Jonestown, MS. Kelly grew up in Greenville, MS and graduated from Delta State University with a Psychology degree. She has a Master’s Degree in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and over the last 10 years, she has served in many staff roles in 3 different churches. Most recently, she served as the Middle School Minister at Silverdale Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN, before moving back to the MS Delta to begin working with BGM.
Board of Directors
Rick Adams – Rick is a banker who lives in Ridgeland, MS. Rick, along with his entire family, has been to Haiti numerous times, including hosting several trips from his church.
Stan Buckley – see above
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 is retired 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.