Twenty candidates from all over Texas applied for the the positions of the TxCCDN Statewide Coordinator and Executive Director. Among them was the young man that the board of directors determined was uniquely qualified for roles needed for this season of the network’s future.
Rucker Preston has served as the Executive Director of Helping Hands Ministry, in Belton, TX, since 2012 and has been with the organization since 2008. With experience in Christian community development and specialized work with advocacy for the poor and marginalized, he as been involved with the organization as a workshop leader and member for the last few years. Mr. Preston has significant experience addressing payday & auto title reform at the local, state, and federal levels. Previously, he spent two years in Mali before teaching as a public school teacher in Temple, TX.
Originally from Fort Worth, Rucker has been married to his wife, Kim, for 10 years. They have two boys, London and Landry. He has a BA in Biblical Studies from Dallas Baptist University (2003) and received his Masters of Social Work from the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University in 2016. He has taught classes in Adminstrative Practice for Baylor’s School of Social and served on numerous boards in Central Texas. His application stated, “CCD is more about leading from behind, ensuring the real stakeholders, community members who have lived and worked in their communities for years, are the people seen as the change agents and community leaders.”
With the Houston No Need Among You Conference only nine months away, the TxCCDN board needed someone with keen administrative skills to be sure the statewide gathering was well organized for attendees. But because Rucker also had proven executive director experience and a passion for expanding and deepening the network’s vision and impact, he was asked to accept the executive director role beginning this summer.
With unique work experience and cultural sensitivity, the TxCCDN board of directors sought out Javier Perez to help deepen the impact of the Texas network among Hispanics and large cities. Perez is employed by Buckner International to oversee their global missions efforts and create outcome-based transformational frameworks in poverty alleviation and missional engagement. Growing up in Columbia, S.A., and getting his initial college degree there, Perez came to the U.S. to study theology at Baptist University of the Americas in San Antonio, working on completion of his Masters of Public Administration at University of Texas RGV in Edingburg.
Impacted significantly by the work of the TxCCDN, Javier wanted to be involved with the statewide network and NNAY Conference “no matter what.” The board recognized the need for his skills and influence and asked him to serve in a consultant role for up to twenty hours a month outside his work for Buckner. Perez will work with Rucker Preston to coordinate meetings in various cites and work on the conference. Welcome Javier!