Who We Are

For more than 135 years, Buckner International has been transforming lives through hands-on ministry, serving the most vulnerable from the beginning to the ending of life. Buckner is one of the oldest and most unique faith-based social service organizations of its kind, serving hundreds of thousands of people each year in the United States and around the world.

Our Mission and Vision

Buckner International transforms the lives of vulnerable children, enriches the lives of senior adults, and builds strong families through Christ-centered values.

Buckner Children and Family Services transforms the lives of vulnerable children and builds strong families through Christ-centered values.

Buckner Retirement Services enriches the lives of senior adults and their families through Christ-centered values.

Vision Statement:Buckner International will become a global ministry, maximizing resources and leadership to serve vulnerable children, senior adults, and families.

History

father_buckner_glassesR. C. Buckner didn’t come to Texas with plans to start an orphan’s home, but the Baptist preacher did God’s work wherever he landed.

He settled in Paris, Texas in 1860, when the state was still recovering from the Mexican War and settlers were fighting Native Americans, not to mention disease and drought. The country was on the brink of Civil War, and there was a lot of need. One of the biggest needs was that of an orphans’ home.

Buckner had the ability to feel for others, especially children. This drove him to organize a Deacon’s convention in 1877 to discuss the creation of an orphanage. Buckner initiated his first fundraising campaign, dropping a dollar in his hat and passing it among those gathered under a large oak tree. He raised $27, which provided the initial funds for the opening of the Buckner Orphans’ Home, now called Buckner Children’s Home in Dallas, Texas. The home admitted its first three orphans in 1879.

Today, Buckner International operates programs throughout the world, providing services that include residential child care, orphan care, adoption and foster-care services, prevention programs, senior adult services, missionary opportunities and a global humanitarian aid program, Shoes for Orphan Souls, which provides shoes for needy children around the world.

Leadership

about-reyesAlbert L. Reyes, President and CEO
Albert L. Reyes is the sixth President of Buckner International, a global Christian ministry that provides humanitarian aid, volunteer missions opportunities, community enrichment and prevention programs, an international network of residential, foster care and transitional housing services, domestic and international adoption, support programs for children living in orphanages in other countries, and operation of seven senior living communities in Texas.

Reyes previously served as President of Buckner Children and Family Services, providing leadership and operational oversight to Buckner International’s children’s ministry arm. Prior to his service at Buckner, Reyes was President of Baptist University of the Américas in San Antonio, where he led the school through dramatic change in its name and structure. Under Reyes, the school’s annual operating budget increased from $700,000 to more than $3.2 million.

Reyes also has served as a manager for Sprint’s National Customer Service Center and as pastor of three churches. He has been involved in numerous roles with the 2.5 million member Baptist General Convention of Texas, serving as its President in 2005.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Angelo State University and master’s and doctoral degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also earned the doctor of philosophy degree from Andrews University.

He is a member of the board of trustees of the Joint Council for International Children’s Services, the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, and the T.B. Maston Institute. Follow Albert on his blog at pandulce.typepad.com and also on Twitter @bucknerprez.