DALLAS – Buckner International, a Dallas-based global Christian ministry, announced the selection of Arnie Adkison as the organization’s Chief Development Officer, effective Aug. 24. He comes to his new role at Buckner from TEAM, The Evangelical Alliance Mission, where he served as Executive Director of Global Resources & Chief Advancement Officer.
Buckner President and CEO Albert L. Reyes said he was “thrilled” to announce Adkison’s selection to the post and noted that his experience and skillsets will benefit Buckner’s fundraising efforts. “Arnie is a proven organizational executive with extensive experience in fundraising productivity and efficiency at both local and global levels.”
Reyes said Adkison will be responsible for “fostering a culture of philanthropy within the organization as he leads the Buckner Development team to develop fundraising strategies consistent with the changing environment for non-profits in the digital age. His creativity and experience in cross-functional collaboration and his understanding of team leadership and management are critical skills as we move into a bright future.”
Adkison said the move “feels like coming home. The passion for serving vulnerable children, seniors and their families fits well with my desire to connect people's resources to impactful ministry. I'm excited to be back at Buckner.”
At TEAM, Adkison managed a staff of 70 around the world and was responsible for all of TEAM’s fund development, marketing, recruitment/mobilization and church/organizational engagement functions.
Additionally, his career has included positions with World Vision and a previous role at Buckner, where he served as Chief Relationships Officer from 2008-10, overseeing Buckner’s collaborations with churches, educational institutions, businesses and other organizations. He also served as Vice President of Advancement at Baptist University of the Americas from 2003-08.
A graduate of the Baptist University of the Americas, Adkison is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and serves on the Dallas Advisory Council of the Christian Leadership Alliance.
Adkison said he and his wife, Sandra, a native of Argentina, live in Flower Mound, Texas and “are raising three awesomely multicultural kids—Stephen, a student at Baylor University, Michael, a student at the University of Arkansas, and Kaitlyn, an 8th grader.”