Buckner president Reyes to speak at McCoy lecture series 

PLAINVIEW – Dr. Albert Reyes, president of Buckner Children and Family Services of Dallas, will be the keynote speaker for the McCoy Lecture Series at Wayland Baptist University on Wednesday, April 11.

Reyes will speak first at the weekly chapel service at 11 a.m. in Hutcherson Center, which is open to the public. He will also speak to several religion classes at Wayland that afternoon and again that evening at First Baptist Church in Plainview at 6 p.m. The public is also welcome to attend that service.

A ministry of Buckner International, Buckner Children and Family Services is a globally oriented ministry to children in need that provides a global humanitarian aid program, volunteer missions opportunities, community enrichment and prevention programs, an international network of residential, foster care and transitional housing services, domestic and international adoption, and support programs for children living in orphanages in other countries.

Reyes has led the organization since January 2007, coming to Buckner from the presidency of Baptist University of the Americas in San Antonio, a theological school aimed primarily at preparing Hispanic residents for ministry. BUA experienced a 400 percent increase in enrollment since Reyes took over as president more than seven years ago, and he guided the university to launch a multi-million dollar fund-raising campaign, setting the stage for construction of a new campus on 78 acres near its current location in San Antonio. Under Reyes, the school’s annual operating budget increased from $700,000 to more than $3.2 million.

Reyes previously served as manager of the National Customer Service Center for Sprint and as pastor of three churches. He has been involved in numerous roles with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, serving as its president in 2005.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Angelo State University and master’s and doctoral degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a candidate for the doctor of philosophy degree from Andrews University.

He is a member of the Asociación para la Educación Teológia Hispana, the Board of Trustees of Baptist Theological Seminary of Richmond (Va.), the Board of Trustees of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and the Board of Advocates for the Baylor University School of Social Work. He and wife Belinda have three children.

The McCoy Lecture Series was developed by First Baptist Church with an estate gift from the late Dr. Dorothy McCoy, distinguished professor emeritus in mathematics at Wayland and a longtime member of First Baptist Church, Plainview. McCoy had a long love for missions, and she served six months in Malawi, Africa, after her retirement from Wayland, later traveling to Indonesia for short-term mission work. She also hosted a missions emphasis gathering for Wayland students and others through the church for many years. McCoy died in November 2001.

The lecture seeks to honor McCoy's passion for missions and sharing the Gospel.