The Christian Life Commission helps Texas Baptists apply their faith to life through Ethics, Public Policy and Community Ministry. The Bible serves as the foundation for the CLC's work. As the CLC addresses various ethical and policy issues, it does not speak for Texas Baptists. Rather, the CLC speaks to Texas Baptists and to others about issues as determined by its 18 commissioners.

Gus Reyes

Director, Christian Life Commission


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Houston ministry continues Harvey relief


By Abby Hopkins

Hurricane Harvey destroyed Jessie’s floor. Jessie is diabetic, in a walker, and without a family. One day, she heard a knock on her door, but had to drag herself across the floor to answer.

Mission Centers of Houston was there to repair her flooring, but found her with scratched, bloody legs and sent her to the emergency room. MCH executive director Jeff Chadwick said Jessie could have died, but the hospital amputated her leg, sending her home to find new carpet and freedom.

“When you do that for someone who thinks they’re the lowest, that makes all the difference,”  Chadwick said.

Since Harvey, Union Baptist Association’s MCH has served families in northeast Houston through the NE Houston Disaster Recovery Network. This summer, MCH continued to receive and deploy teams to assist in the essential long-term recovery ministry.

Chadwick said MCH ramped up its food distribution, taking a box truck of food to those in need. The flooding affected more than 40,000 homes in northeast Houston alone.

“I’ve learned how God can provide in the most creative ways,” Chadwick said. “I’m getting to the point where I just know it’s coming.”...

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Texas Baptists are working together with many Baptist partners in Texas and around the world to show Christ's love and generosity by meeting immediate hunger needs and helping people escape the devastation of poverty. Alongside these trusted partners, the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering seeks to empower those in need by funding relief and development projects that are holistic and sustainable.

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Follow-up Statement on Border Separation of Families

Follow-up statement from Gus Reyes, director of the Christian Life Commission

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Border Separation of Families

Dr. Gus Reyes of the Christian Life Commission on border separation of families

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Response to repeal of DACA

Kathryn Freeman of the Christian Life Commission responds to President Trump’s repeal of DACA

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Response to executive order on religious liberty

Dr. Gus Reyes of the Christian Life Commission responds to President Trump’s executive order on religious liberty

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Election Statement

Dr. Gus Reyes of the Christian Life Commission Responds to 2016 Election Results

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Refugee Statement

Dr. Gus Reyes of the Christian Life Commission Responds to Texas’ Withdrawal from the Refugee Resettlement Program

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HB 2 Statement

Dr. Gus Reyes Statement on Supreme Court Decision in Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt

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