Barbara Valerioti
Online Database Specialist

Barbara comes to PLACE Ministries with a client services and administration background in Human Resources and Training & Development. She guides our customers in utilizing Mobilyzr, our online church portal, and assists our churches in leveraging the value of the PLACE process with this tool. Barbara and her husband have been married 30 years and have 2 children.

Mark Seals
PLACE Field Representative

 Spanning more than 20 years. Mark's commitment to Christian education began in 1986 as a missionary at the World's Fair in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has had the privilege of working with best-selling author of Experiencing God and Christian educator, Rev. Henry Blackaby, as well as campus mister at Georgia Institute of Technology, faculty member of the National Baptist Convention Congress of Christian Education, faculty member of the General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia and special assistant to the president of the General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia. Mark has been a pastor at Beulah Missionary Baptist Church for more than 17 years. He is supported in all he endeavors by hs wife, Kimberley, and their four sons.

Jamie Parler
PLACE Field Representative

Currently serving as a community pastor for North Side Baptist Church, Jamie is passionate about helping people and truly believes that God has a plan for every person who will seek Him. He used this passion to help bring PLACE Ministries to life for churches and ministries alike.

Jamie stands firm in encouraging people and references Proverbs 3:5&6. " Don't ever forget, that as a child of God, you are always in the palm of His Hand. Trust Him and allow Him to direct to your path. He knows what He's doing!"

John Rushing
PLACE Field Representative

Holding a deep conviction that spiritual growth and ministry never ends in he lives of people, John is committed to an adult church ministry environment in which men and women experience ongoing power of life change through Christ. John is the Pastor of Adult Ministries at Sugarcreek Baptist Church in Sugarland, TX. Authentic, Christ-honoring relationships with Jesus and with others demonstrate the abundant, full life Jesus talked about in John 10:10. John  is also passionate in the concept that as we model authentic Christianity to those coming after us, we're still becoming fully-devoted followers of Jesus Christ today!

John and his wife, Wanda, have two children, Amanda and Michael.

Lisa Baker
PLACE Field Representative

Lisa Baker was formerly the PLACE coordinator at Brentwood Baptist Church in Brentwood, Tennessee. In this role, Lisa regularly delivered PLACE workshop trainings and individually coached participants helping them understand who they are and why they are here. Lisa leads people to discover church ministries in which they would be effective, but also guides them to determine how to be spiritually productive in their everyday lives. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Fines Arts degree, with an emphasis in painting, from the University of Memphis. Her more recent degree is that of PURPOSE from the school of life experiences and many years of personal study in the area of temperaments and gifting. Lisa is intrigued by the uniquenesses of individuals. She is passionate about helping people understand the connections of how God has wired them, how He has shown up in their lives in the past and how He can use them for His glory.

Jim Baker
PLACE Field Representative

Formerly Executive Pastor at Brentwood Baptist Church in Brentwood, TN, Jim Baker is a church consultant in the southwest and helps churches all across the country. In his 35 years of experience in church ministry, he has determined to lead the church and implement its mission, vision and strategies by maximizing the human, financial, physical and spiritual resources. Jim is  graduate of Southwestern at Memphis, now Rhodes College, and Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He is an accomplished author and speaker and is on the Board of Directors for PLACE Ministries.

Blake and Susan Paul
PLACE Field Representative

Blake and Susan Paul have been involved as volunteers and staff members in ministry with the Assemblies of God for over 20 years. They have served in many areas including Youth Ministry, Teachers, Small Group Leaders, Executive Pastor and Coordinator of Volunteer Ministries. The Pauls have also been on the staff of several churches in size from 300 to 1000 members. Both have degrees in Education, with Blake also possessing a degree in Business Administration. Susan spent 15 years as a public school educator.

Both Susan and Blake are involved in helping churches in areas of Business, Leadership, Team Building, Ministry Development and the implementation of PLACE. They are passionate about the use of PLACE as a God-given tool to help pastors and leaders discover the treasury of spiritual gifts that are sitting in each congregation.

Blake and Susan have 2 boys, Caleb and Joshua. They are all actively involved within their local church.

Quentine Lofton
PLACE Field Representative

Quentine works with many churches in the Southeastern section of Georgia. He is a PLACE facilitator and personal development/time management trainer. Quentine has over 25 years experience in several key positions including Vice President of sales for At-A-Glance, the leading manufacturer of planners in America. His unique interactive teaching approach takes you on a visual journey through the PLACE workshop training. He continues to visit and guide churches, as well as facilitate PLACE workshops and other PLACE training. He and his wife Sharon have been married for 23 years. They have 5 grown children, 9 grand children and 2 great grand children.

Christina Lee
PLACE Field Representative

Christina Lee is the Founder of Nehemiah Training and Consulting, a national training and consulting firm that specializes in clergy, laity and corporate leadership training development and coaching. Nehemiah has experienced much success from using the PLACE tools.

In addition to her commitment to the Nehemiah Training and Consulting, Christina is on staff as the Director of Christian Education and Assimilation at her local church which serves more than 3,000 members. Christina has also studied Christian Apologetics at Southern Evangelical Seminary. She currently resides in North Carolina with her husband of more than 20 years and their five children.

Ginger McSwain

Ginger continues to be involved in many aspects of the ministry. Whether in the office or processing things with Jay at home or on the road, her passion for finding ways to help people love God and love others remains foundational to the ongoing impact of PLACE Ministries. Her 13 years of corporate experience prior to co-founding the ministry with Jay brings welcomed knowledge and perspective in the implementation of new projects and materials. She enjoys loving on people and helping them along life's journey. Ginger facilitates our adult PLACE workshops and our PLACE Coach training. She serves as both a PLACE Facilitator and PLACE Connection Coach in her local church. She enjoys serving with Jay and the PLACE Ministry Teams across the country but her first love is home, family, and friends.

Jay McSwain
President & Founder

Jay's passion for the local church and the ministers and their families that faithfully serve them drive him daily. Whether traveling or at home in our Atlanta office, Jay is in continuous contact with them helping and encouraging them both personally and professionally. You can find Jay facilitating our workshop training,  consulting with pastors and churches, at conferences and conventions, or at a local bookstore taking in the latest on leadership, management, or politics. It's also his favorite environment to work on his laptop developing new and innovative resources for the ministry. Jay is committed to his local church as both a PLACE facilitator and PLACE Connection Coach, and as a friend to the ministers and the staff. Along with Jay's responsibilities for PLACE Ministries he serves at the Chaplin for the Atlanta Braves. He is also a loving and attentive husband and father.