Our Staff

God’s servants must be worthy of respect, sincere, temperate, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of the deep truth of the faith with a clear conscience. They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve. – 1 Timothy 3:8-10

Ministry Leader Profiles, See also: Our Board

RIGHT NOW TBP DOES NOT HAVE ANY PAID STAFF, ALTHOUGH WE HAVE A NEED FOR SUCH [Please see the right panel] WE THANK THE FOLLOWING FOR GIVING OF THEIR TIME AND TALENT TO TBP AS MINISTRY LEADERS. WITHOUT THEM THE MINISTRIES THEY LEAD SIMPLY COULD NOT HAPPEN.

Leecroft Clarke

Position: Chairperson, Addiction Response Ministry

Church Affiliation: Healing Word Ministries of Jamestown, The Church of God (Tennessee), Jamestown, NY

Contact Information

Mailing Address: 1006 West 3rd Street, Jamestown, NY 14701

Email Address: leecroftc@yahoo.com

 

Rev. Clarke is one of the original members of The Better Place Board. He left that position in 2008 to become the Team Leader of the Chautauqua Lake Region Men of Integrity, a ministry of The Better Place.  He handed the Men of Integrity position off to Jamie Sposato in 2014 to become the leader of our One in Christ ministry, and then he handed that off to Rev. Dr. Mark Hanson in 2017 to become the leader of our new Addiction Response Ministry. Rev. Clarke serves as pastor of the Healing Word Ministries Church of God in Jamestown, NY. He is a sometimes member of our TBP Uganda Ministry Team.  He is married to Rosemarie.


Favorite Scripture:

Hebrews 11:6 - But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

 

Hope for The Better Place

For all those who come to The Better Place, that they will come to a place to rest and be ministered to, restored and renewed to complete the task assigned to them by the Lord.

 

Mark Hanson

Position: Chairperson, One in Christ initiative

Church Affiliation: Nazarene

Contact Information

Mailing address, 405 Howard Ave. WE, Jamestown, NY 14701

Email Address: drmarkehanson@gmail.com

 

The Reverend Dr. Mark Hanson is the senior pastor of the Jamestown Church of the Nazarene. He is a regular attender of the “Chautauqua Pastors’ Revival” prayer gathering that is held in Jamestown every Tuesday morning. Besides leading our One in Christ initiative, Dr. Mark is also a member of our Addiction Response Ministry Board where he carries the treasure portfolio. Dr. Mark can also be found advising on of the Jamestown area school “Impact” groups most every week. He is very blessed to be married to Sandy. Together, Sandy and Mark have a unique ministry of helping people to be set free from the burden of shame by the power of God’s love. – Besides being a “fisher of men,” Dr. Mark is also a pretty good fisher of fish. Just ask and he will show you some pictures and tell you some stories.

Jamie Sposato

Position: Team Leader for CLMI. He attends the Lakewood Baptist Church.

Church Affiliation: Attends Lakewood Baptist Church

 

Contact Information

Mailing address, 30 Maple Lane, Frewsburg, NY 14738

Email Address: Sposato@windstream.net


Favorite scripture verse - Galatians 2:20  I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

 

Hope for The Better Place

My hope for this organization is to be an encouragement and help for men across our area.  To support, motivate, and equip men to be better husbands, fathers, and leaders in their homes and workplaces. 

 

Roy L. Miller

 

Position: Organizing Director

Church Affiliation: Park U. Methodist, Sinclairville, NY

 

Contact Information

Mailing Address: 3373 Fluvanna Townline Rd., Jamestown, NY 14701-9011

 

Email Address: Roy@TheBetterPlace.org

Phone: Home: 716-488-9918, Work: 716-488-9918

 

Vita:

Dr. Miller served as a senior pastor for 22 years and then as a District Superintendent for the United Methodist Church before taking a step of faith and founding The Better Place in 2003. He graduated from the University of Nebraska (Lincoln) with a B.S. in Business Administration before earning a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Drew University School of Theology. - He is a frequent speaker in retreat and conference settings as well as in churches on Sunday mornings. - He is married to Valerie (since 1973). Together they have three children and seven grandchildren. - He enjoys gardening, hiking, biking, running, reading and playing with his grandchildren.

 

Favorite Scripture:

Jeremiah 17:14-16 - Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise. They keep saying to me "Where is the word of the Lord?" Let it now be fulfilled! I have not run away from being your shepherd. (NIV)

God's word is true! God said, "If my people ... will pray and seek my face... I will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14. When God's people do his word, he fulfills it. On those rare occasions when God's people have done what 2 Chronicles 7:14 calls them to do, God had shown the extent of his healing. Individuals are healed of physical infirmity, but also economies are healed, relationships are healed, attitudes are healed and governments are healed. When God heals the land he does not leave anything out. -- Jesus prayed for those who would believe in him that they all would be one even as he and God the Father are one; then, he said, the world will believe that God's Messiah has come. John 17:20-21. The Church has yet to experience this oneness for which Jesus prayed.

My hope for The Better Place

My hope for The Better Place is that God will use it mightily to wake up faith in God's people and, thus, in the Church to the end that the promises expressed in these two scriptures will be realized. The first promise will initially be realized in the immediate area where The Better Place campus is located and then throughout the states it serves (New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Ontario). The promise of the second scripture is literally a promise for the entire world. I hope The Better Place will be a big part of its being realized.


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TBP NEEDS

The bigger the ship, the more hands are needed to sail it. Right now TBP has three primary volunteer staff plus many anonymous hands that help. As the ministry is blessed with the resources; many paid staff will be added to work at the campus.

Your prayers and gifts for the needed additional staff are greatly appreciated.
The Better Place needs:

  • Secretarial Staff
  • Director of Media and Marketing
  • Business Manager
  • Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds
  • Executive Chef
  • Campus Hosts (a married couple)
  • Program Personnel
  • Executive Director

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