The Baptist Association of Greater BR
and Louisiana Baptist Convention
La. State Penitentiary at Angola, Hunt
Correctional Institute, and
La. Correctional Institute for Women
Baptist Association of Greater Baton Rouge
The Criminal Justice Ministry is still the
largest mission effort of Discipleship
Training. This year volunteers led
three, thirteen-week semesters at La. State
Penitentiary at Angola, Elayn Hunt
Correctional Facility (St. Gabriel) and La.
Correctional Institute for Women (St.
Gabriel). We maintained a semester average
of 255 to 300 this year (plus 120 Seminary
The three ministries are greatly
strengthening the Body-of-Christ, which is
empowering the inmates to more effectively
share the gospel with lost men and women in
the various camps.
Please pray over the incredible expansion of
this ministry in all the area prisons. The
open doors call for at least 40 new people
to be a part of this ministry this year.
God is opening doors faster than we have
spiritual soldiers to invest. The
advancement will need new vision, soldiers
and financing. God is at work in
Criminal Justice Reform. We must join
Angola Mission Target:
5000 + Men
Target: 3000 + Men
900 + Women
All 8,900 need to
need to be saved and discipled to rebuild
their lives and families.
Bring light into a dark place.
Grow the Body-of-Christ in prisons around
Lost people see Jesus when the Body-of-Christ lives out of
His love and truth.
Do Sequential Discipleship:
We still need men to facilitate these courses in the
prison. We place one free person with
ten prisoners for each semester, so you can
see how great our manpower needs are.
Do three, thirteen-week semesters per year.
To recruit churches and mentors for continued discipleship
and training for the men and women who have
What Can Your Church Do To Help?
for inmates and ministry opportunities to
witness and disciple each in our
your men and women in the basic discipling
trained men, women and churches to teach and
mentor. Call someone who has served at
one of the prisons to give a personal
testimony about the experience to your
congregation and train in discipleship.
If you are interested in volunteering,
please call the
Baptist Association of Greater Baton Rouge
Office at 296-3943 and talk with Jan Terral.
The Department of Corrections requires a
security check on all volunteers entering
the prison system, so be prepared to give
the following information: name,
social security number, date of birth and
driver’s license number.
The La. Correctional Institute for Women at
St. Gabriel has nine women being trained to
lead out in reaching the inmate population
through Master Life.
God is at work in our prisons!
2008-09 Annual Report
Reverend Marvin Collins
The year 2009 has seen God do great things
in prison ministry. He continues to call
gifted men and women to minister in
Louisiana prisons. This Association and its
people have been very generous in
underwriting the revivals which are taking
place in our state.
This year, the number of men who are
enrolled in the Seminary Extension
Department at Angola has increased again.
God is sending a new wave of volunteers into
the ministries at all the prisons in our
area of the state. These Seminary
graduates are being sent out as missionaries
to other prisons in Louisiana to help spread
the gospel and to disciple the saved.
Again this year, the Prison Ministry Task
Force has been involved in organizing
REVIVALS in Angola, Hunt Correctional (EHCC)
and the Louisiana Correctional Institute for
Women (LCIW) in St. Gabriel. Many lives
have come to meet Jesus through these
evangelistic events. TIER VISITATION
is being developed with more volunteers
taking the time to “visit those who are sick
and in prison”. A college-style
semester-discipleship ministry, called
TRUE FREEDOM has been developed through
the lessons learned at Angola. Eleven
diplomas are available for inmates who can
earn them at the appropriate stages of their
spiritual development. The past five years
have been invested in developing a fully
operational model for this ministry at EHCC.
Men with diplomas in the regional State
facilities can then be transferred to Angola
to attend seminary. Also, plans are now
being made to have a Seminary Extension
Department for the women at LCIW. Please
pray for the finances necessary for this
start-up. Approximately $100,000 is needed
to start this new work.
Last year we reported that BAGBR had been
invited into the State Police Barracks and
LCIW to do True Freedom Discipleship. This
is our layered and sequential discipleship
training ministry which now has eleven
diplomas, each of which takes from one to
two years to earn. Both of these units are
now manned and functional. Each diploma is
designed to grow a person through a specific
“spiritual age” of growth. This program
requires at least one new volunteer for
every ten offenders enrolled. Volunteers
disciple a group of ten or fewer offenders
through courses like “Survival Kit: Five
steps of Christian Growth”, “Free to
Forgive” and “MasterLife”. The course taken
is dependent upon the stage of spiritual
growth of the group. Volunteers would need
to be at the prison one night or day of the
week for thirteen weeks.
this very moment, start-up of the True
Freedom Discipleship Program at LCIW is
occurring and around thirty female
volunteers have signed up to help. The team
is about eight people short right now so if
you feel called of God to help, please
contact the Associational office.
The “Malachi Dads” and the “Lois Mom’s”
diplomas also need a lot of “one day”
volunteers to help supervise the children of
offenders who are brought into the prison
for a one day visit with their parents.
Revivals scheduled at each prison provide
another opportunity for individuals to come
in and participate in prison ministry
without having to commit to the
met with the Orleans and Jefferson Parish
sheriffs and chaplains on Saturday,
September 26 to discuss developing a
discipleship system for them. A good strong
team is already trained and in place to
implement this ministry. If simpler
discipleship processes can be set up in the
parish jails, then offenders will already be
growing in their relationship with God when
they get into the state prison system making
for an easier transition into existing
Another long-term goal of the task force was
to develop HALF-WAY HOUSES for
prisoners who are eligible to be released
but either have no where to go or are not
yet ready to make a stable life on the
outside. Recently, God seems to have opened
the door for our first half-way house to
begin. Please be in
prayer for God to supply the yearly salary
of a half-way house director. His job would
be to coordinate teams of laymen who will
conduct discipleship training in the
half-way house, train men how to write
resumes and how to conduct themselves during
interviews, take them on job interviews and
train them how to live responsibly on the
outside again. He will also need help in
overseeing the facility.
One great need in the prison ministry which
reveals itself afresh each month is the need
for volunteer chaplains in our prisons.
This needs to be an individual with good
ministry skills who can minister to and
encourage the Senior Chaplain and the
offenders who are lay leaders in the “church
behind the walls.” Keeping the church in
prison strong and loving is necessary to the
vital outreach of the church. This ministry
would take eight to ten hours per week.
Please pray! No servant-of-God can have
much of an impact without strong prayer
support. Only Jesus can change the prison
system and only Jesus can change the