Those in correctional facilities often feel shame and isolation so we reach out to deliver a message of hope and the good news of Jesus to men and women in county jails and to those reentering society.
Desperate, hurting, alone, and hopeless, anyone in a broken moment is just one or two bad decisions away from bumping into legal consequences. Through our correctional care ministry, known as Broken Chains Fellowship, we reach out to men and women using Bible-based programming, specifically designed to work cooperatively within secure facilities. We provide faith services, Bible studies, one-on-one pastoral visitation, and reentry support.
Shame and isolation are often a reality for inmates who are reentering society. Our ministers and volunteers work to provide a support network that fosters inclusion in a faith community, opportunity for vocational placement, and safe-sober-supportive housing alternatives. While national recidivism rates are 75% or higher, participants who combine their faith in Jesus with the full Broken Chains Fellowship process have a 17% recidivism rate.
We also have credentialed and trained ministers who can provide support to officers as well, through on-site chaplaincy, critical incident stress debriefings, and pastoral care.
Matt has been working professionally in secure facilities for over 20 years, and as an ordained minister and endorsed chaplain serves as a chaplain in a variety of correctional, hospital, and public safety roles. He has served as director of GSM’s Broken Chains Fellowship since 2012 and also serves as the associate director of InFaith’s Gentle Shepherd Ministries.
With over 30 years of pastoral experience ranging from parish to outreach, and over 15 years of experience in correctional care, Steve serves as a bi-vocational minister in the B.C.F. mission. In addition to coming alongside men and women with faith in Jesus, Steve has a particular heart for supporting those in reentry.
Ken was called into ministry after an extensive medical career as a P.A. After graduating from Northwestern University with his MDiv. he has joined the B.C.F. mission as a bi-vocational minister blending the good news of Jesus and 20+ years of experience “meeting people where they are at.”