The Calhoun County Jail Chaplaincy Ministry was established in December 2008 by a joint cooperative between the Calhoun County Baptist Association and the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office with pledges from several local churches for funding for a full-time chaplain. On January 2, 2009, Chaplain Richard Green and Anne Bradshaw were selected to begin organizing the ministry and providing services to the inmates.
Inmates are furnished with paper, envelopes, pens and stamps when inventory permits, and every inmate receives a Bible and a devotional booklet. One of the most difficult, yet rewarding, chances to witness comes when Richard and Anne must inform an inmate of the death of a loved one. Oftentimes, they cannot attend the funeral, so Richard and Anne will take them for a private visit with their family member prior to the funeral.
Chaplain Green, assisted by local pastors, ministers to the male inmates through teaching, preaching, and the personal testimonies of guest speakers. These efforts are crucial to keeping the 450-500 (daily average) men engaged in seeking repentance and God’s guidance.
Anne Bradshaw organizes 2-3 meetings each week consisting of Bible studies, counseling, and guest speakers to minister to the jail’s 65-75 female inmates. Anne also facilitates one-on-one family outreach, ministering to the families of the incarcerated because as she reminds us, “Behind every inmate is a mother, father, husband, wife, child, or grandparent who is broken and needs Jesus’ healing.”
Through the jail ministry, 1,726 inmates have been baptized and thousands of lives rededicated to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The ministry strives to help folks regain their self-respect and leave with the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
Richard and Anne are available to speak at churches and organizations. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Chaplain Green. Follow the link below to monetarily support this ministry.