Who we are
Buckner International is a ministry dedicated to the transformation and restoration of the lives we serve. We are a Christ-centered organization that delivers redemptive ministry to the most vulnerable from the beginning to the ending of life.Our missionTo follow the example of Jesus by serving vulnerable children, families and seniors.Our visionTo set the standard of excellence in serving vulnerable children, families and seniors.Our valuesOrganizational values are critical because they define Buckner’s personality and provide our employees clarity about how we engage others through:
Faith – Alignment with the teachings and work of Jesus Christ.
Integrity – Ethical practice, honesty, truth and transparency.
Respect – Respect for the individual.
Service – Highest quality of service excellence.
Teamwork – Collaboration and creativity through teams.
Buckner is an international ministry that protects vulnerable children, strengthens families, transforms lives for generations and serves senior adults through Christ-centered values. Our values are reflected in our Statement of Faith.Buckner does not unlawfully discriminate against anyone on the basis of race, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or genetic information when making employment decisions or when providing services to its clients.Buckner housing programs for vulnerable children, families, campers and seniors comply with all applicable state and federal Fair Housing laws including the Fair Housing Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 and the applicable implementing regulations.Our legacyDr. Robert Cooke “Father” Buckner founded Buckner Orphans Home in Dallas after seeing the needs of hurting and orphaned children in post-Civil War Texas. In the first years, Buckner Orphans Home was filled with children left parentless due to disease and hardship.It was Father Buckner’s deep compassion for the hopeless and helpless that served as the driving force behind his ministry. He constantly looked for innovative ways to deliver social ministries, including those to elders, combining his theological beliefs with a progressive social conscience.LeadershipDr. Albert L. Reyes is the sixth president to lead Buckner International since our founding in 1879. He is a member of the board of trustees of the Christian Alliance for Orphans, Angelo State University Foundation and Stark College and Seminary and is the author of two books: The Jesus Agenda: Becoming an Agent of Redemption and Hope Now: Peace, Healing, and Justice When the Kingdom Comes Near. In 2023, Reyes was selected as a member of the 2023 D CEO Dallas 500, the most influential business leaders in North Texas.Follow Albert on his blog and on Twitter @AlbertLReyes.