USA (MNN) — Chief executive officer Ken Hall will be passing the baton after 18 years of dedicated service to Buckner International.
Hall announced his retirement in a meeting of Buckner's board of trustees last Friday, July 22. He will officially retire April 30, 2012.
When Hall first came to a position of leadership with Buckner International in 1993, he filled the roles of both CEO and President up until 2010. At that time, he relinquished the position of President and continued on as CEO.
While at the helm of leadership at Buckner, Hall oversaw some of the organization's greatest expansion. He broadened their ministry outreach beyond American borders, launching their international branches in 1996.
Hall oversaw $200 million worth of capital improvements to Buckner's organization. In 2008, the amount of Buckner endowments topped $200 million.
Another incredible way God used Hall's leadership at Buckner was through the growth of Buckner Retirement Services (BRS). According to Ziegler and Company, BRS today holds the place of the largest non-profit organization for senior living in the state of Texas where Buckner is based.
To date, Buckner now has assets amounting to a value of $400 million. Under Hall, Buckner was able to serve more than 400,000 people yearly because of their expanded ministries.
Stepping up to take Hall's place as CEO will be President Albert Reyes. Reyes is very capable of filling the vacant role and has a history of succeeding Hall as he was the one to step into Hall's old position of President in 2010 as well.
Reyes holds two doctorate degrees and has served as a pastor of three churches and President of Baptist University of the Américas in San Antonio.
Buckner's Board Chair Lee Bush says the leadership transition "exemplifies the way Christian ministries should operate. Buckner has been blessed for 132 years with outstanding leaders, and both Dr. Hall and Dr. Reyes personify that leadership."
The ministry will continue on in their mission to be the healing hands of Christ to impoverished and abused children and families across the globe. Hall sought to keep the ministry centered on God's call to reach others in His name. Reyes will also continue in that vision as Buckner exists for Christ's glory.