DALLAS - Agustin "Gus" Lucas Reyes, PhD., was named the new director of BGCT's Christian Life Commission (CLC).
The CLC's role within Texas Baptist life is to speak to ethical issues and how they impact our lives and legislation.
"Dr. Reyes' work with education and immigration reform on a state and federal government level has proven his passion and ability to give a voice to those who have no voice," Dr. David Hardage, Executive Director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas said. "After receiving applications and conducting interviews from a national search, we discovered the person God has placed before us for this position was already with us."
Reyes has been with the BGCT since 2002, serving as ethnic evangelism consultant, director of congregational relationships and most recently, director of affinity ministries and Hispanic Education Initiative. Prior to joining the BGCT, he worked with LifeWay, Sprint Telecommunications and served in the United States Marine Corps. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration and Marketing at the University of Texas, Master of Business Administration at Angelo State University, Master of Religious Education and Doctor of Philosophy in Foundations of Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a member of Iglesia Bautista Highpointe in Cedar Hill where he lives with his wife Leticia.
"Reyes brings a unique blend of Baptist life, dedication to making a difference and experience in working with those who shape our laws. Furthermore, having served in adjunct faculty positions, he is positioned to help educate and train Texas Baptist churches on how to impact their community through caring for those around us," added Hardage.
Taking the new role on Jan. 16, Reyes is eager yet humbled by the opportunity. "The CLC has built a wonderful foundation and legacy with lawmakers and churches on the Christian perspective of issues facing our culture today," Reyes said. "As Paul wrote to Timothy, we need to fan the flames. There's a great history with people like Valentine, Strickland and Paynter who have created an avenue for the marginalized to be heard and individuals to be helped. We will continue this and build upon their success."
There are a myriad of aspects that the CLC is known for and Reyes plans to continue those as director. "All through the Gospel, we see Jesus preaching Good News and also reaching out to those who are hurting, hungry, in prison, thirsty and oppressed. We will continue with Jesus' agenda and take the steps necessary to further provide for and protect those who need it," Reyes said. "We learned early in CLC's history that culture needs to change because culture can be blind to the needs of the marginalized."
Reyes' focus with education and immigration reform has been to help fix a broken system. He has testified in Austin and Washington, D.C. on these efforts and worked with bi-partisan groups on improving and creating fair and appropriate responses.
One area Reyes would like to continue to build upon is informing and encouraging churches to be a voice. "I want the CLC to help pastors understand what freedoms they have to speak to the legislative agenda. It's a freedom, a right and a responsibility," Reyes noted.
"The next step is clear: continue God's direction," Reyes said. "I welcome and covet your prayers for me and the CLC as we move forward impacting our world for Christ."