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Barbara Ann Pettis is a native of Dallas, TX. She is the proud mother of two adult children, Tiffany and Clarence Tatum, and the blessed grandmother of one grandchild, Nevaeh Richardson.


Barbara has extensive experience in public service and ministry.  For fifteen years she worked for the Southwest Region Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in Dallas, TX, with twelve of those years as an administrative assistant.  Barbara facilitated yearly training for clerks representing churches over a five-state region and also served as Manager of the Conference’s Adventist Book Center (ABC) for three years. Her leadership also extends to the public sector as she was previously employed as Clinic Director with Blue Star Pain Management, a division of the Dallas Cowboys football club.


Barbara is very active in her home church, Living Waters Worship Center of Seventh-day Adventists in Dallas. She currently serves as an Ordained Elder and is a member of the praise team, and prayer ministry. Barbara’s passion for Christ has made her a sought-after speaker for both church and community events.


Barbara is an advocate to end domestic violence.  She offers her leadership to numerous organizations in this regard and works tirelessly to end this horrible epidemic.  The organizations include her partnership with The Texas Council on Family Violence and her board membership with The Genesis Women’s Shelter Faith-based Coalition Committee.  Barbara is also a certified victim’s advocate. 


In her passion for battered and abused women, it is her prayer to open a shelter that will house women and children who have suffered in this way and lead them in the direction of having wholeness and restoration in Christ. In preparation for this and other God-led endeavors, she is currently enrolled at The University of Phoenix pursuing a degree in Business Administration.


Barbara’s powerful testimony of faith and trust in God guided her to establishing a nonprofit organization in 2013 that will help battered women and their children.  Her passion for this cause is driven by her own personal experiences with domestic abuse in both her childhood and as an adult. Barbara is committed to helping others achieve their “Goals of Excellence” and has devoted numerous hours to educate and empower individuals that are affected by domestic violence. Her enthusiasm for this cause is infectious and it represents her personal zeal in life. 


Barbara is a true woman of God who has accepted her kingdom building mission of spreading the good news of a soon coming Savior to any and all who will hear.  Equipped with a song in her heart, she recommits her life to Christ everyday by adopting her life slogan “HE SAW THE BEST IN ME.”  Her desire, as she leads others to Christ, is for them to know that their lives have value and God sees the best in them as well.

Meet Ms. Barbara Pettis, Founder/CEO
Better Place Ministries

National Domestic Violence Hotline

800.799.7233 (SAFE)

800.787.3224 TTY

If you have been threatened with physical harm and believe that you are in danger.



Rape Abuse Incest National Network

800.656.4673 (HOPE)




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It's often assumed that kids aren't aware of the violence happening at home, but 90% of children exposed to intimate partner violence directly saw the violence happening as opposed to hearing it or other indirect forms.




Affect Positive Change

This year Better Place Ministries is striving to affect positive change in the lives of everyone we come in contact with.  


Domestic violence survivors are often portrayed as beaten and battered women in low socioeconomic standing.  But of course, that's not always the case.  

The reality is that intimate partner violence doesn't have a "face" because it can happen to anyone....your neighbor, your bestfriend, your coworker, your sibling, and so on.

This alarming widespread epidemic  crosses over all ethnic group and racial divides.  It is no respector of person! And it is killing our women and children.



Cedar Hill, Texas



Twenty five percent of women are abused for the first time during pregancy.  Thirty one percent are murdered.  Fifty six percent are shot. And, forty four percent are stabbed or strangled.

Women who are victims of domestic violence are eight times more likely to be killed.

Twenty two percent of officers are killed during domestic violence calls.



Cedar Hill, Texas