Stephen Buckley, Vice President of Field Communications and Dean of The Next 50 Institute
Stephen brings more than 25 years experience as a professional journalist including stints as Bureau Chief for The Washington Post in Brazil and Kenya where he wrote extensively about the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide. An award winning writer, he has received recognition and awards from The Washington Post, National Association of Black Reporting and been a Pulitzer Prize Juror. The former Managing Editor of the St. Petersburg Times, Stephen came to Family Legacy from his position as Dean of Faculty with the Poynter Institute, a world-renowned journalism training center. He holds a B.A. in political science form Duke University.
I never wanted to pursue anything other than journalism, but after nearly 25 years, I started to feel a tug toward a different kind of work. I just didn’t know what that work would be.
After months of reading, praying, and seeking advice, I crafted a personal mission statement that reflected the intersection of my gifts, passions and interests: “To use my leadership skills to educate and bring Christ’s hope to vulnerable children in order to impact generations for God’s kingdom.”
So you can imagine how I felt when I met with Greer and his team and listened to him unspool his vision for Family Legacy in general and for The Next 50 Leadership Institute in particular. I was captivated. Everything he said lined up with my new mission. Orphans. Education. Leadership. Generations. Christ’s hope. Amazing.
Max Lucado says that God gives us custom-made assignments. Telling the story of Family Legacy’s work and leading The Next 50 Leadership institute seems feels like exactly that for my family and me.