International (MNN/BOC) — Buckner
International is making it official. On Friday, Albert Reyes was elected as the sixth president of the 131-year old
Reyes succeeds the
ministry's former president, Ken Hall, who remains with Buckner as Chief
As president of Buckner
International, Reyes will manage the organization's nearly $100-million annual
budget, while overseeing the daily operations of more than 1,300 employees
worldwide. Those operations include work through Buckner Children and Family
Services' domestic and international ministries, and Buckner Retirement
Services' seven senior living communities in Texas.
Scott McIlveene, chair of the
Buckner board of trustees, is pleased with the outcome. He notes, "Dr. Reyes brings the perfect mix of vision,
passion and intellect to the task, especially at this point in the history of
Buckner," McIlveene said. "We are uniquely poised as a ministry to move forward
like never before, thanks to the tremendous work of Buckner's previous five
Reyes is no stranger to the
mission or the job. He has already served as president over Buckner Children
and Family Services for three years.
Reyes explains, "The orphans,
vulnerable children, families, and elders served by Buckner depend on us to
make their lives better. That is tremendous honor, but also a serious
Buckner International acts as the
hands and feet of Christ by meeting needs for orphans and at-risk children
around the world.