Before his role with the TxCCDN, Rucker Preston served as the Executive Director & Associate Director of Helping Hands Ministry in Belton, TX, from 2012-2017 and 2008-2011, respectively. During his time with Helping Hands Ministry, Rucker added the initiatives of development (by creating new jobs for community members) and advocacy to an organization that was previously known only for its relief efforts.
Upon learning that the majority of families were being taken advantage by payday & auto title lending companies, Rucker organized efforts with community members to advocate for reform at the local, state, and federal levels. New city ordinances were enacted in numerous Central Texas cities including Belton, Temple, Killeen, and Waco due to the community organizing and advocacy efforts.
Before Helping Hands, Rucker taught public school in Temple, TX from 2006-08 and served as a Journeyman with the International Mission Board in Mali, from 2003-05.
Rucker has a BA in Biblical Studies (’03) and received his Masters of Social Work from the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University in 2016. Since fall of 2016, he has taught as a part-time faculty member with Baylor University’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work.
Rucker has been involved with the Texas Christian Community Development Network for 8 years, as a participant and workshop leader for No Need Among You.
Originally from Fort Worth, he and his bride, Kim, live in Belton, TX with their two boys, London and Landry. They worship and serve together at Meadow Oaks Baptist Church in Temple, TX.
Rucker has been featured as a guest author for the Waco Tribune-Herald, Relevant Magazine and Medium.