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Who We Are

U.S. Leadership


Dan Baucum

Board of Directors

Dan lives in Midlothian, Texas with his wife Jeannie. They have 5 children and 2 grandchildren. He has served on the board of BESTWA since 2014. Dan is the President of Conveyors, Inc., a manufacturer of bulk material handling equipment. Dan is an Elder at Midlothian Bible Church and serves on the board of Truth Encounter. Dan and Jeannie enjoy traveling the country on their motorcycle.


Darlene Hardy

Board of Directors

Darlene lives in Waxahachie, Texas, with her 3.5 pound Yorkie Snickers. She was a teacher, counselor, and central office administrator for many years in public education. After retiring from public education, Darlene opened a private counseling practice specializing in depression and the healing of trauma. Darlene attneds Midlothian Bible Church where she is active in ministry. She loves to study the latest research in her field, work in her yard, travel, go to the movies with her girlfriends, and read.


Candice Summers

Board of Directors

Candice lives in Arlington, Texas with her children and her husband Nathan. She has served on the board of BESTWA since its inception. Candice homeschools her children, and loves reading, genealogy, and trivia. Candice attends Grace Fellowship Church in Grand Prairie, Texas where she has been active with various service projects. She also loves to knit and crochet and holds a monthly craft meeting for girls in her home.


Christina Tutt

Board of Directors

Christina lives in East Texas with her children and her husband Trevor. She has served on the board of BESTWA since 2013. Christina and Trevor are called to serve the needy in their community and around the World. Christina loves good food and fellowship, garage sales, and Coca Cola. She and her family attend Faith Missionary Baptist Church in New Boston, Texas.


Dr. Gracie Vinton

Board of Directors

Gracie lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband Rudy. She has served on the board of BESTWA since 2017. Originally from Monrovia, Liberia, Gracie came to the United States in 2002 to attend University. Gracie is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Texas A &M University-Commerce. She enjoys reading, watching movies, therapeutic cooking and baking , 3D puzzles, ships and architectural modeling.


Rudy Vinton

Board of Directors

Rudy lives in Fort Worth, Texas with his wife Gracie. He has served on the board of BESTWA since 2017. Originally from Paynesville, Liberia, Rudy came to the United States in 2003. Rudy is a Security Account Manager. He enjoys sports, particularly basketball, movies, and exercising.


TJ Ware

Board of Directors

TJ lives in Keller, Texas with his wife Jackie and their 8 children. He has served on the board of BESTWA since 2013. TJ has worked with veterans organizations and programs for the disabled as well as medical missions and aviation relief missions. TJ and his family enjoy the outdoors, traveling and volunteering and they have a special place in their hearts for the youth of Liberia.


Andy Perkins

Founder and Executive Director

Andy lives with his wife Teresa in Grand Prarie, Texas. He began ministering in Liberia in 1998. Andy attends Midlothian Bible Church where he is active in the Men's ministry. He enjoys reading and gardening, and spending time with his 6 children and 12 grandchildren.


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