We are dedicated to helping communities rebuild after disasters. We work with disaster survivors throughout the long-term restoration process by partnering with local churches, associations and other long-term recovery teams to mobilize volunteers, gather and transport donated items and funds, provide prayer and spiritual support and raise awareness.

Pictured: Calvary Baptist Church as seen by the Texas Baptist Disaster Recovery Team currently assessing needs in Southeast Texas.

Southeast Texas Flooding

Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery is mobilizing volunteers to assist with debris removal, clean out and home rebuild/repair in Deweyville, Texas. Our long-term recovery efforts will focus on this area as it was the hardest hit by recent flooding. We will assist with rebuilding Calvary Baptist Church in Deweyville and surrounding homes. Nearly 80% of Calvary Baptist members’ homes sustained flood-damage. There is much work to do.

Housing is available in area churches as well as many area hotels. Deweyville is located in Newton County on the Texas/Louisiana border.

Gov. Abbott declared a state of disaster in 17 Southeast Texas counties due to the March flooding. Counties included are Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton, Orange and Tyler. Over 400 homes in Newton County alone have flood damage. In the Deweyville-area, emergency crews conducted 128 rescues and 276 evacuations.

To plan a date for your group to volunteer, contact Marla Bearden by phone at (214) 537-7358 or by email at


All funds given will help support the work of Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery. TBDR works with disaster survivors throughout the long-term restoration process by partnering with local churches, associations and other long-term recovery teams to mobilize volunteers, gather donated funds and raise awareness.

Shalom Builders

Shalom Builders – the new Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery initiative – aims to mobilize trained and equipped construction workers to areas affected by disaster. Our goal is to continue rebuilding until God’s shalom, or God’s wholeness, returns to the affected area. We currently have a number of projects needing volunteers in Austin, TX, West, TX, and Eagle Pass, TX. Learn more…

Disaster Recovery Overview

Ongoing U.S. Projects

We currently have several needs in not only Texas, but throughout the United States. Find out how you can aid in these particular needs below.

Ongoing International Projects

There are several ways to serve on disaster recovery projects around the globe. Find out how you can help internationally below.

Volunteer Corps

Working through our local churches, associations and long term recovery teams, Texas Baptist Disaster Recovery personnel discover needs that can be met by Texas Baptist Disaster Recovery Volunteers. We invite you to join us!

You will begin receiving information by email about future volunteer opportunities.

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Bounce: Student Disaster Recovery

We provide students with the opportunity to impact disaster-affected areas and assist in a community’s effort to bounce back from devastation. Bounce offers pre-packaged mission trips that include serving, worship, times of reflection and partnership with other churches. Learn more…


Church2Church and Church2Community partnerships are opportunities for a church to connect with and adopt another church or community to share resources and assist in their physical and financial needs.

Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery has identified both churches and communities that need the assistance of another church body. While we are here to help make the connection, we then take a step back to let your partnerships grow. We make ourselves available to help plan any mission trips or outreach events.

We also provide training and education for any church interesting in this process. We guide you through the process of developing an ongoing and strategic development plan. Our desire is to help each church understand how to aid other churches or communities in the best possible way – through a partnership.



Meet the Team

Marla Bearden

Disaster Recovery Specialist, Disaster Recovery

(214) 828-5382

Gerald Davis

Disaster Recovery Development Specialist, Disaster Recovery

(214) 828-5392

David Scott

Director, Disaster Recovery, Bounce

(214) 828-5123




Tyler mission team helps Rowlett couple recover from tornado damage

As Garry Schaffer monitored the quickly approaching storm on his computer, he soon realized he need to go downstairs to get his wife, Kan, and seek safety in a closet. The couple had enjoyed a nice Christmas the day before and were resting at home on the night of December 26, 2015, when an F-4 tornado tore through their two-story home on Lake Ray Hubbard in Rowlett. No one dreamed that night that the storm would come barrelling through so swiftly or cause so much destruction. 

As the couple exited the closet and looked around, they realized they had... [continue]