About Our Founder
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.
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.
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.
Our mission is to assist women and children who are victims of domestic violence, including emotional, economic, sexual and physical abuse.
Our goal is to provide emergency and transitional housing, emotional support, and a diversified continuum of services focused on safety,
empowerment, and self-sufficiency. Through community partnerships, Better Place Ministries is committed to safety, raising awareness, providing
services, and educating the community about the destruction and long-term effects of domestic violence.
Our ministry focuses on giving hope to women of every color, creed and ethnicity by providing a blueprint to a better way of life based on the
living word of God.
Our Mission is twofold and includes:
Modeling and building intentional relationships by:
· Widening our circle of friendships among women within the church family
· Spending purposeful time with women outside the family of God
· Serving God by using our gifts for the benefits of others.
2. Empowering women through:
· An enriching study of The Word of God
· A personal conversations with God
Our desire and goal is to Seek God Continually * Serve Him Faithfully * and Share Him boldly
Better Place Ministries strives to encourage, instruct and lead as many people as possible by faith to safety and the throne of God. We will empower, inspire and place ladies and children in a safe and healthy environment. We will serve as a bridge and safe harbor by providing safe housing in Gladys House, which was so named in honor of the place where Barbara sought refuge from the abuse of her past, her grandparent’s home (Elder Milton & Gladys Pettis Sr.).