Our Board of Directors

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

Board Member Profiles, See also: Our Staff

Bonnie Hurley

Bonnie Hurley


Church Affiliation: Conduit Ministries


Favorite Scripture:Prov. 3:5 & 6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path. NKJ

Jere. 9:11
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you.) NIV


Hope for The Better Place: My hope for The Better Place is that it will be a place where pastors will have a time of rest and be refreshed in Jesus Christ. For all people to come and learn more about prayer and the role it plays in our lives for a personal relationship with God. And I know God has far greater plans than I can imagine for the people who will enter its doors.

Thomas J. Calzone

Tom Calzone


Church Affiliation: Jamestown Church of the Nazarene


Favorite Scripture:Isaiah 6:6-8 (NIV)
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”
8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Hope for The Better Place: To be a shining light upon the hill for those in need of a Savior and a refuge for the servant leaders of God to come together as one in mind and Spirit. Also to be rejuvenated to go into the world and share the hope and peace of Jesus Christ within their sphere of influence

Becky Cable

Nina Bell


Church Affiliation: Panama United Methodist Church


Favorite Scripture: Psalm 63, John 15:1-17


Hope for The Better Place: To teach and encourage the body of Christ to grasp the importance of time spent in prayer and worship, both privately and corporately.

Nina Bell

Nina Bell


Church Affiliation:the Praise! Fellowship Church in Jamestown, NY


Favorite Scripture

Psalm 25:4 -“Make me know Your ways, O LORD ; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; For You I wait all the day.”


Hope for The Better Place

The Better Place is an extraordinary endeavor to bring people together to worship, pray, provide renewal experience and Sabbatical opportunities for pastors and leaders. It is by faith that we can dare to step out of the ordinary and step into the extraordinary. With millions of dollars spent in our community for sports, the arts, and tourism, we have an opportunity for the Christian community to pull together to bring the vision for “The Better Place” to fruition.

Desireé Goodenow

Brett Heintzman

Church Affiliation: Conduit Ministries, Jamestown, NY

Favorite Scripture

Galatians 2:20“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

Hope for The Better Place

That The Better Place will follow God’s plan to provide biblical teachings to equip the church to go out and make disciples, to bring transformational revival to the nations, to be the house of prayer, and to provide a place where those in ministerial leadership could find rest.

Gordon Post

Church Affiliation: Findley Lake United Methodist, Findley Lake, NY

Favorite Scripture:

Hope for The Better Place





C. D. ("Carly") Moore

Church Affiliation: Wesleyan, Warren, PA

Favorite Scripture

The Holy Bible, NIV... It varies from day to day. For now: Philippians 3:7-11 - But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ--the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.

Hope for The Better Place

It is my hope The Better Place will be on the cutting edge of ministry that brings renewal, revival and transformation to the pastors, the church and the entire region. It is my hope that The Better Place will be a model of empowerment ministry that gives pastors and churches a second wind, encouragement and a better understanding of communing with God. It is my hope that The Better Place will receive great blessings and multiply them by the grace of God many times over for others.

Kimberly R. Park

Church Affiliation: Fluvanna Community Church, Jamestown, NY

Favorite Scripture

Ephesians 4:32 - Be kind, tenderhearted, forgiving one another; even as God, for Christ sake, has forgiven you!

Romans 12 - [favorite passage This is my life line. I pattern my life after this portion of scripture.]

Continually renewing my mind, loving without pretense, living in honor giving preference to others, rejoicing with those who rejoice, overcoming evil with good etc.

Hope for The Better Place

My hope for The Better Place is to provide an atmosphere conducive to hearing the still small voice (I Kings 19:11 12). Society, occupations, family and even ministry keep us in a whirlwind most of the time. We need a place to separate ourselves from the “wind, earthquake, and fire, and learn to recognize and listen to the still small voice of the Lord. It is my hope that The Better Place would provide, and encourage an atmosphere conducive to many finding such a needed refuge. (As I personally reflect on my own life, the most precious time of God revealing Himself to me has been at a quiet retreat. A place where the still small voice was the loudest.) It is my hope The Better Place can provide such intimacy with our loving God.

Cindy Robison

Church Affiliation: Healing Word Ministries Church, Jamestown, NY
(An affiliate congregation of the Church of God, Cleveland, TN)

Favorite Scripture

Matthew 4:4 - It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.


Hope for The Better Place

That everyone who comes will hear a word from God that will change their lives. That this would be a place that Isaiah 30:21 comes alive. And your ears will hear a word behind you saying, This is the way; walk in it, when you turn to the right hand and when you turn to the left.

Marc Samworth

Marc Samworth

Church Affiliation: Pastor of the Alliance Church in Frewsburg, NY

Favorite Scripture

2 Timothy 1:7 - For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

Hope for The Better Place

My prayer is that The Better Place Ministries fulfills the vision that God has given its leadership.


Mark A. Summers

Church Affiliation: Abbe Reformed Church, Clymer, NY

Favorite Scripture

Isaiah 55:11 - So shall my word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

Hope for The Better Place

First, That the BP will be a place of rest, refreshment, restoration and recharging for pastors, missionaries, Christian workers, anybody working on the front line of spiritual warfare needing a place of rest.

Secondly, I hope that The Better Place will be the leader in our area for teaching, developing and discipling the area churches and church people about prayer. Whether this is creating training seminars, teaching seminars, creating multimedia presentations or beginning prayer groups throughout our area, whatever it takes to teach about prayer to our local area.




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



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)


Hope for The Better Place

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.