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

Our vision
Buckner International will become a global ministry maximizing resources and leadership to serve vulnerable children, seniors and families.

Our values
Organizational values are critical because they define Buckner’s personality and provide our employees clarity about how we engage others. Buckner is:
  • Christ-like
  • Servant spirit
  • Passion-driven
Our legacy
Dr. 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.

Dr. 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 Joint Council for International Children's Services, the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and the T.B. Mason Institute.

Follow Albert on his blog at bucknerprez and on Twitter @bucknerprez.

Statement of Faith

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

Buckner Core Values: Christ-like; Servant spirit; Passion-driven.

Resolved, That this statement of faith adopted by the leadership of Buckner International is intended solely as a guide and should in no way be interpreted as a creed. Furthermore, this statement of faith should never be used for coercion, but rather, to provide a clear understanding of the biblical guidelines under which Buckner International operates.

1. Scripture: The Bible is the inspired, authoritative word of God and is the record of God’s revelation of Himself to humanity. It has God for its author, redemption for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter.
Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; Matthew 5:17-18; 2 Timothy 3:15-17

2. God: There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Genesis 1:1; Exodus 20:1; Matthew 28:19; John 14:6-13

3. Jesus Christ:
Jesus is the perfect Son of God, revealed in the flesh through the virgin birth. His death, bodily resurrection and ascension to the right hand of God provide the means of salvation for humanity.
Matthew 1:18-23; 16:21; John 1:1-18; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:13-22

4. The Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God indwelling believers and enabling them to live a godly life.
Genesis 1:2; Isaiah 61:1-3; Matthew 28:19-20; John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:9-11

5. Salvation: Eternal salvation is the redemption of the whole person and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own sacrifice obtained eternal redemption for the believer.
John 3:3-21, 36; 5:24; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11; 16:30-31; Ephesians 2:8-22

6. Humanity: Humankind was created by God in His image. By free choice, humanity sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. The sacredness of humanity is evident in that God created humanity in His own image and that Christ died for all humankind, therefore all life is considered sacred.
Genesis 1:26-27; 3:1-19; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 3:23-24; 5:12; 6:23; Ephesians 2:1-22

7. The Church: A New Testament church is a body of local baptized believers who are associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel.
Matthew 16:15-19; Acts 2:41-42; 44-47; 13:1-3; 15:1-30; 1 Corinthians 1:2;

8. Unity: In Jesus Christ, all who follow Him are unified as the Body of Christ, with equality across racial, gender, and social classes.
Acts 2:44; Romans 10:12-13; Ephesians 4:3-6; Colossians 3:11

9. The Family: The family is established and ordained by God as the primary institution in which children should be cared for and nurtured by a mother and father who are united in marriage. Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime.
Genesis 1:26-28; 2:18-25; Matthew 19:4-6; Mark 10:6-9; Ephesians 5:21-33

10. Religious Liberty: God alone is the Lord of human conscience, therefore, church and state should be separate and all humankind is accountable solely to God in matters of faith.
Matthew 22:15-21; Acts 4:19-20; Galatians 5:1; Philippians 3:20; 1 Peter 2:12-17

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