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Michael Miller
President

Michael Miller is an Eagle Scout and a graduate of Horseheads High School, Horsheads, NY and the B.O.C.E.S. program where he learned carpentry. He is also a 2016 inductee in the GST B.O.C.E.S. Hall of Fame, honored for life-time achievement. Being a builder and a doer was the way of life for Mike and it comes natural. He owned his own construction business for years, but God had other plans. He became active in his church, Horseheads First United Methodist Church, and got involved in Kairos Prison Ministry as well as Short-Term mission trips to Central America. It was on a mission trip to Honduras and helping to reconstruct things after Hurricane Mitch of 1999, that Mike and Glenda were both touched by the need of the people. God called them to sell the business and most of their possessions, leave family, home and job and move to Tegucigalpa, Honduras to live as full time missionaries.

Glenda Miller
Board Member

Glenda Miller is a native of Tegucigalpa and lived there until age 12 at which time she moved to New York City with family. She is a graduate of Elmira Business Institute, and it was while she and Mike were both working a part-time job at the same place that they met and fell in love. The rest is history. Together they form quite a partnership, a team if you will, that has taken them into the very jaws of hell, yet because of their love for Jesus, they are blessed to share the gospel and bring healing to “the very least of these”. They love working with youth in the barrios, with their parents, with incarcerated men, women and youth, and their reward is to see changed lives.

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Mark Erway
Vice President

Mark Erway is a retired United Methodist Local Pastor who served the Pennsylvania Avenue United Methodist Church in Pine City, NY as an Associate Pastor and Worship Pastor. After a career in business God called Mark into pastoral ministry. He has known Mike and Glenda for many years. It was through Mark’s bringing Kairos Prison Ministry to the Elmira, NY area that Mike got involved in prison ministry. Their friendship grew and he has been a supporter of Border Buddies from the very beginning of this venture. Mark first traveled to Tegucigalpa with best friend Dale Cleveland in the summer of 2004, and they went into Tamara National Prison with Mike and Glenda and ministered to incarcerated gang members. Since then he has been co-leader of numerous BBM Construction Teams starting with Team #1 in 2005; served on 2015 Medical Team #2 as “Gopher” and most recently on Team #38 in May of 2016. Mark and his wife Anne (married since June 1970) sponsor a child in the School Sponsorship Program. They have two sons. Ben is married to Garbrielle and they have a daughter  Emily; and John, who with his wife Tamara are A.B.W.E. missionaries to Ghana, Africa.

Life verse: “He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8

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Laura Cummings
Secretary

Laura Cummings is an active member of the Westside United Methodist Church serving on a variety of committees and supporting many volunteer activities there and in her community. She is married to Kevin and they are the proud parents of Daniel, who is a gift from God. She and her husband have been supporters of Border Buddies for over five years and they are both veterans of BBM Team #6. Her attention to detail is a blessing to the Board as she keeps track of all that takes place during our Board meetings.

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Paul Wills
Treasurer

Paul Wills in an active member of Mike and Glenda’s home church, Horseheads First United Methodist Church. He is a career accountant and brings keen insight and great ability to this very important function. Paul and his wife Audrey have known Mike and Glenda for a long, long time. Paul was on a mission team with Mike and Glenda way back when God was laying the foundation for Border Buddies. His many contacts with a wide variety of people and to a wide variety of organizations helps us to continue our growth. He is a well rounded Christian who helps keep us on track.

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Bruce Williams
Accounting Specialist

Bruce Williams is a member of Westside United Methodist Church, where he and his wife Gayle serve in leadership on a variety of committees. Bruce, like Paul, is a career accountant and he also brings great capabilities to BBM. His job is to look at the larger picture, spots trends and make sure all of our financial paperwork is correct and filed in a timely fashion. He oversees our annual ECFA renewal and financial audits, and puts in many hours to make sure every detail is correct. Bruce had the pleasure to serve on Construction Team #33 in May of 2015.

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Harold LeFever
Spiritual Director

Harold Lefever was a missionary to Honduras for many years and brings enormous insight to us culturally and spiritually. He and his wife Janet now live in our area and as members of the Southside Alliance Church they find working life and church life very fulfilling. Harold also serves as Assistant Pastor for Southside Alliance. As Spiritual Director for Border Buddies, he teaches, leads, exhorts, and corrects the Board as needed as we start each meeting focused on God, stay focused throughout the meeting and close the meeting focused on God.

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Brad Hinman
Public Relations Director

Brad is our Public Relations Director and as such he has discovered that it is a ‘blob of a job’. But being a willing servant he approaches it with a passion for Christ and for Mike and Glenda. Brad is a member at the Victory Highway Wesleyan Church in Painted Post. He and his wife Janet have two daughters, Sarah and Amy. Currently employed by Haughey Funeral Home, Inc., he has served as lay leader, chair of the trustees, mission team leader and certified lay speaker in the Methodist Church. He has also served on three Katrina Relief Mission Teams and is on the board of the Salvation Army in Corning. Brad and Janet served on their first BBM Construction Team #20 in 2012. Since then he and Janet and/or Amy have led a team every year. He and his family have always been willing to serve God in their church, community and world.

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Gary Putman
Missions Director

Gary Putman is our newest board member having come on board in April 2017. He is a long-time member of the Victory Highway Wesleyan Church, serving in various ministries over the years.


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