Our Leadership

Executive Director

Charles Foster Johnson is a pastor and public education advocate.

He is founder and co-pastor of Bread, a faith community in Fort Worth, Texas. Throughout his forty-year pastoral ministry he has served churches in Mississippi, Kentucky and Texas, including Second Baptist Church of Lubbock where he led in a complete church relocation, and Trinity Baptist Church of San Antonio where he led in building a multi-cultural and multi-racial community of faith among the 6000 member congregation.  He served interim pastorates with Immanuel Baptist Church of Nashville and Broadway Baptist Church of Fort Worth, and served a two-year term on the faculty of McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University, as Visiting Professor of Preaching.

In 2013, he founded Pastors for Texas Children, a statewide ecumenical organization mobilizing the faith community for public education support and advocacy. PTC now has over 2000 faith leaders throughout Texas, and has spawned her first state affiliate, Pastors for Oklahoma Kids.

His child advocacy has also included service on the Board of Trustees of New Horizons Treatment Center for Children and the Child Friendly Faith Project.

He is a frequent preacher and speaker in university, church, business, education, and non-profit circles.  He has written for numerous publications, and has made guest appearances on cable network news shows.  He is involved in civic and denominational life, including the Mentor Pastor faculty at Perkins School of Theology, SMU and the Board of Trustees of Brite Divinity School, TCU.  He was named “Baptist of the Year” by the Baptist Center for Ethics in 2004.  He was inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College in 2008.

He is married to Jana, has three children, and three grandchildren.  He enjoys reading, hunting, and spending time at his ranch in Desdemona, Texas.  You may find him on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Co-Director

Dr.Charles.LukeDr. Charles Luke is a Co-Director for Pastors for Texas Children. Charles has over 30 years of education and non-profit experience, serving as a teacher, principal, and superintendent in several Texas public school districts. He has also served as a board member, vice president, and chief strategy officer for Volunteers of America, Texas and is the founder and Executive Director for the Tarrant County Spiritual Care Network in Fort Worth, Texas.

Dr. Luke earned his BS and M.Ed. from Texas Tech University and his doctorate in education from the University of North Texas.  In addition to his work with Pastors for Texas Children, he also serves as the Coordinator of the Coalition for Public Schools and as the founder and Director of the Coalition for Education Funding.  He currently serves on the Faith-Based Advisory Board of the Child Welfare League of America, the Fort Worth Mayor’s Faith Advisory Cabinet, and on the advisory board for Helping Restore Ability in Arlington, Texas.

Co-Director

Rev. Suzii Paynter joins PTC after 5 years as Executive Coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, a Christian network of 1800 congregations, thousands of individuals and dozens of partners all over the world.

Prior to joining CBF in March 2013, Paynter served in executive management of the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT) as the director of the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission and as director of the Advocacy Care Center. Paynter directed public policy initiatives for state and federal issues and led international relief and development projects. It was her leadership at the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission that helped birth Pastors for Texas Children.

Over the past decade, Paynter has gained a national reputation for her advocacy on important ethical issues such as religious liberty, advocating strongly for separation of church and state and against school vouchers. She has been active nationally on issues of hunger and poverty, human trafficking, immigration reform and the environment. She serves on the executive committee of the Baptist World Alliance and chairs its Human Rights Advocacy Committee. She has been recognized by numerous national religious and secular organizations such as the Council on Foreign Relations, Religion and Public Policy Project, Sierra Club, American Association of Retired Persons and Samaritan Counseling Centers, the national Immigration Forum. She has twice been awarded recognition of the Outstanding Nonprofit Lobbyist at the Texas Legislature for her effective work on multiple issues.

A nationally recognized faith leader and ordained deacon and Sunday school teacher of more than 40 years, Paynter is a graduate of Baylor University, Stephen F Austin University and has held positions of leadership in Baptist churches in Texas, Kentucky and Mississippi.

President

Bobby BroylesRev. Bobby Broyles is the Board President for Pastors for Texas Children. He has been with PTC since its inception. A recently retired minister of 41 years, he is currently the chaplain for Hospice of Ballinger.  He has served 4 churches in West Texas in Bangs, Abilene, Earth, and Ballinger.  In Earth he was named man of the year in 1993.

He currently serves as the president of the DOM Research Center, a nonprofit that ministers to Middle East Gypsies. He has served as an officer for the Baptist General Convention of Texas and has served on many BGCT boards and committees. He has served on both the state and national Cooperative Baptist Fellowship boards. He currently serves on the BGCT Theological Education Council.

Bobby received his undergraduate degree from Howard Payne University and his masters from Logsdon Seminary.  In 2012 he was named outstanding alumni for Logsdon.

Bobby has been married to Karen for 40 years.  Karen is a junior high language arts teacher in Winters, Texas.  They have 2 children.  Kristen is an attorney in Dallas and Matthew is a pastor in Edwardsville, Illinois.