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  • Prison ministries encourage personal, spiritual growth

    June 1 2016 by Carrie Brown, The Alabama Baptist | with 0 comments
    Prison ministries encourage personal, spiritual growth

    When an inmate enters Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, Ala., she loses her old life. But in Alicia Smallwood’s eyes, she also gains an opportunity for a new life in Christ regardless of past or present circumstances. In prisons throughout Alabama, chaplains and ministry volunteers share the …

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  • Incarcerated women receive milestone degrees

    May 31 2016 by Marilyn Stewart, NOBTS | with 0 comments
    Incarcerated women receive milestone degrees

    Having overcome a crisis of faith to complete her college degree, Brenda Thornton walked the chapel stage at the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women. Thornton was one of 13 graduates in the first-ever awarding of bachelor degrees at the prison by Leavell College, marking a milestone for the program that began five years ago.

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  • Prison ministry focus among pastors, churches studied

    May 25 2016 by Bob Smietana, LifeWay Research | with 0 comments
    Prison ministry focus among pastors, churches studied

    While most Protestant pastors visit correctional facilities and want to help prisoners and their families, their churches often lack the training or finances to run an effective prison ministry. Those are among the findings of a new phone survey of 1,000 Protestant senior pastors from LifeWay Research.

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  • David Williams finds new calling after Senate career

    January 14 2016 by Kristen Lowry, Kentucky Today | with 0 comments
    David Williams finds new calling after Senate career

    After decades working as one of the most powerful men in Kentucky, David Williams suffered a series of life-altering events that afforded him the opportunity to start over again at age 59. Since then he has been ministering to prisoners some who he put behind bars himself.

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  • Angel Tree adopts new statement of faith policy

    January 7 2016 by Bonnie Pritchett, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Angel Tree adopts new statement of faith policy

    In a move that could cost the ministry an untold number of volunteers, Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree program is requiring its coordinators to affirm its statement of faith. The requirement, which became official Jan. 1, is an effort to ensure theological alignment between volunteers and the program ...

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  • Relationships drive prison ministry, NAAF told

    October 19 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Relationships drive prison ministry, NAAF told

    The number 10002648 is ingrained in the memory of Harold Dean Trulear. Whenever he preaches, he recites the number before starting. “Because that was my number when I was incarcerated in George W. Hill Correctional Facility,” Trulear often says in his outreach as national director of the Healing Communities Prison Ministry ...

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  • Angola prison ministry celebrates 20 yrs., new facility

    September 11 2015 by Marilyn Stewart, NOBTS Communications | with 0 comments
    Angola prison ministry celebrates 20 yrs., new facility

    Celebrating a 20-year partnership that has changed lives and deployed “missionaries,” New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary/Leavell College has dedicated a new facility with expanded classroom and library space at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, Angola, La. The Aug. 27 dedication followed a graduation ceremony marking the program’s 278th graduate.

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  • Ministry transforms women’s lives, honored by White House

    May 14 2014 by Susie Rain, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Ministry transforms women’s lives, honored by White House

    Nicki Benz’s prison and after-care ministry, Buried Treasures Home, impacts lives. Last October, the White House presented her with a Point of Light Award. The award honors individuals who strive to improve their community by responding to a need through volunteer service.

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  • San Quentin grads grateful, intentional

    July 26 2013 by Phyllis Evans, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    San Quentin grads grateful, intentional

    Songs, prayers and tears marked the commencement ceremony even though the graduates were wearing prison garb under their regalia – and the service was held at San Quentin State Prison in California.

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  • N.C. Baptists minister behind bars

    October 26 2011 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Assistant Managing Editor | with 0 comments
    N.C. Baptists minister behind bars

    Substituting another meal for meatloaf doesn’t sound like a big deal to many people. But on a September Tuesday at Johnston Correctional Institution in Smithfield North Carolina Baptists bought and prepared an alternative to the inmates’ least favorite meal.

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  • Seminarians reach inmates through sports

    January 23 2009 by Phyllis Evans, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    "Walking into the yard at San Quentin, you know you're an outsider," said Bryan Brown, a student at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary who leads the seminary's San Quentin Sports Ministry. "Once you start to play the game, you completely forget you're in a prison and playing with inmates."

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