Stan Buckley – Stan is the founder and Executive Director of But God Ministries and formerly served as Senior Pastor of three churches over a 16 year period. 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 was born and raised in West Virginia and moved to Mississippi in 2006. He worked in the business world, primarily healthcare technology for 34 years, leading cross functional teams in sales, customer service, clinical education and engineering. He has a degree in Marketing from Marshall University. He is married to Michelle and they have two grown sons, two daughters in law and one grandson. At BGM he is involved in all aspects of the work in the ministry. Among other things, his focus is on internal operations, job creation/economic development in Haiti, fundraising, strategic development and coordination of both Haitian locations of the ministry as well as the Mississippi delta and future ministry opportunities.
Director of Development
Dina Ray – Dina grew up in Lake Jackson, Texas and graduated from Baylor University. She has had a very diverse career and has worked all over the country and for several fortune 500 companies in the plastics industry as well as a national non-profit. She is a world traveler and is excited to be part of an organization with a focus in Haiti as well as Mississippi. At BGM, she is involved in all aspects of fundraising, individual giving, and foundation grants. She moved to Mississippi in 2000 and is married to Ken. They have three high school age sons.
Director of Accounting
Julie Humphreys – Julie is responsible for all aspects of financial accounting operational objectives and is instrumental in the strategic planning process with oversight of proper accounting and compliance controls for the entire organization. She 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.
Mission Team Manager
Beth Rigney – In her role at BGM, Beth oversees the recruitment of mission team members while working with the individual mission team leaders as well with our Community Managers to ensure alignment with teams and projects. In addition, she manages the office and is involved in most of the activities of But God Ministries. She has a degree in English from Mississippi State University and comes to BGM with a solid record of accomplishment in both the educational and volunteer world. She is married to Mark and they have two children.
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, and one grandson.
Full-time Missionary/Public Health Coordinator in Galette Chambon, Haiti
Abby Winstead – Abby joined the BGM team in August 2018. While she resides at our Galette Chambon location, she serves in our other Haiti locations as well. Abby is the public health programming director working to improve the health of the communities in which we serve through community programs and education. Born and raised in Madison, MS, Abby received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Mississippi State University (2016) and her Masters of Public of Health from University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth (2018).
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.
Malnutrition Center Nursing Coordinator in Haiti
Katie Ethridge – Katie moved to Haiti in September 2017 to coordinate patient malnutrition care at the Bread of Life Malnutrition Center. Born and raised in Birmingham, AL, she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Before moving to Haiti, she lived in Jackson, MS and worked as a registered nurse at Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children for two years.
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.
Life Center Coordinator
Linda McGrew – Linda joined our BGM Delta team in January of 2018. Not only is she a lifelong resident of Jonestown, MS, one of eight siblings and a mom of three, but she has over 30 years of experience in community services. Before coming on staff with us, she spent a decade serving elementary school age kids in the community through an after-school program, which she started. As our LifeCenter Coordinator, Linda manages the daily running of that facility and schedules all social services appointments such as dental, medical or legal. She also promotes community events and ensures that our Hope Center dorm facility is prepared for each team.
Team Coordinator/Project Leader in Jonestown, MS
Dennis and Veronica Hicks – Dennis and Veronica are life long Mississippians. Dennis retired after 32 years of service with the MS Air National Guard in Meridian, MS. They lived in Brandon, MS the past three years before joining the BGM Delta Team in Jonestown in March 2018. Dennis ensures coordination with community leaders on projects and secures all needed supplies for volunteer mission teams. Veronica assists our Community Manager in an administrative role and also coordinates needs for mission teams. They have two sons, two daughters in law, and three grandchildren.
Jonestown Family Center Team
The Jonestown Family Center for Education and Wellness began in 1992 with the purpose of improving the general welfare of the people in Jonestown and the surrounding area. The Center includes a Montessori school program for children ages 3-6. In April 2018, But God Ministries acquired the Jonestown Family Center. Click HERE to read more about the Center and our team there.
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.
Dale Banks – Dale teaches seniors at Northwest Rankin High School in Flowood, MS. She and her family have led multiple teams to Haiti since 2012. Dale’s heart desire is to serve the people of Haiti and looks forward to continue leading teams there and to the Delta.
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.
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.