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).
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.
Mission Team Coordinator
Annette Hall – In her role at BGM, Annette 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 Business Administration with a minor in Computer Science from Belhaven University and comes to BGM with many years of experience in the business world. She is married to Fred and they have three children.
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 a Nurse Practitioner with a degree from Samford University and is the Chief Administrator at the Hope Center in Galette Chambon. Mickie spent many years as a high school English teacher and was an adjunct professor at Mississippi College. She runs our Child Sponsorship program and communicates daily with Hope Center staff to help them with the supplies and support they need to keep all aspects of ministry in Galette Chambon running while the BGM American team members cannot be there. In addition to operating the clinic each day, Tony and Mickie host mission teams, including medical and dental teams. They have two sons Jonathan and Jacob. Jonathan is married to Katelyn, while Jacob is a senior at MS State. They also have two grandsons, Emerson and Abel.
Community Manager in Jonestown, MS
Amber Gray – Amber spent much of her childhood in Jonestown and recently returned there to live and work with BGM, hosting visiting mission teams at our Hope Center and working with local residents to identify projects within the community. Amber holds a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Mississippi College and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Jackson State University. She brings a diverse background in process and project management to the BGM team.
Child Sponsor Coordinator
Jo Willett- Jo lives in Flora, MS and is married to Ron. She has five children, fourteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She has a Business Administration degree from Belhaven University. Jo has over 45 years of experience in business management and accounting for a rice mill, an art gallery, and a home builder. At BGM, she has served as the Child Sponsorship coordinator since 2015. In her spare time, she loves serving the Lord at Colonial Heights Baptist Church as a Life Group Teacher!
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 three grandchildren. 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 Accounting
Associate Community Manager in Jonestown, MS
Bennie Brown – Bennie is a lifelong resident of Jonestown and comes to BGM with a wealth of experience and relationships. He holds a BA in Political Science from Virginia State University in Petersburg, VA. He is a proud veteran of the United States Air Force and currently serves as President of the Swan Lake Missionary Baptist Association, Trustee of the Coahoma Community College Board of Trustees, and Pastor of St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Jonestown.
Life Center Coordinator in Jonestown, MS
Linda McGrew – Not only is Linda 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 Life Center Coordinator, Linda manages the daily running of that facility, promotes community events, and schedules all social services appointments such as dental, medical or legal.
Assistant Media Director
Jordan Faison- Jordan is from Madison, MS. She is a recent graduate from Mississippi College. She majored in Christian Studies and minored in Marketing. At BGM, Jordan posts on all our social media accounts and she updates our website regularly. Currently, she is attending New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary for her Master of Divinity in Christian Leadership focusing in Administration.
Community Manager in Thoman, Haiti
Pastor Mathurin– Pastor Mathurin is a life-long resident of Thoman, Haiti. He gives leadership to all of our activities in Thoman including: hosting teams, coordinating construction of houses, overseeing two schools, working with our medical clinic at the Hope Center and our Mobile Medical Unit, providing food distributions, and giving overall direction to our work in Thoman. He is a pastor, a husband, and the father of seven children.
JFC Montessori School Team
The JFC Montessori School began in 1992 and But God Ministries acquired the school in April 2018. The program is for children ages 3-6. Click HERE to read more about the School 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 is a retired instructor enjoying life and serving others. She and her family have led multiple trips to Haiti since 2012 and plan to continue with these trips to Galette Chambon and Thoman. At present, she and her husband live near Hattiesburg, MS.
Stan Buckley – see above
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.
Fred Hall – Fred has Doctorate of Education in Counseling Psychology with a concentration of counselor education and supervision. He has over 30 years experience, 20 years of private practice and non profit organizational leadership. Yearly, he trains and consults in Tanzania and Uganda regarding marriage education curricula, developing peer counseling models, and community/church family wellness ministry opportunities.
Barry Howard – Barry is from Madison, MS. He has been a lawyer for 30 years. Barry and his family have been to Haiti with BGM on a mission trip and have been involved in other aspects of the work of BGM.
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.