Women earn unique master’s in ministry behind Tennessee prison bars
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The journey to the moment the dean…
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“All of y’all are going to be wearing white one day, too. We just got a jump-start.”
So joked Rodney C., a brother in Christ and an inmate at the Limestone Correctional Facility, a medium-security Alabama prison.
He was referring to the white prison garb with “ALABAMA DEPT OF CORRECTIONS” in bold black letters that identifies Limestone’s 2,400 inmates.
I’m in the Huntsville area to cover the 37th National Jail and Prison Workshop, which starts tonight at the Madison Church of Christ.
This morning, Charles Baggett, a member of the Beltline Church of Christ in Decatur, welcomed me to the Limestone prison, where he serves as chaplain.
I toured the faith-based honor dorm and visited with a group of inmates — most serving lengthy sentences for violent crimes — about the new life they found in Jesus Christ.
Before I left the prison, I witnessed the baptism of an inmate named Anthony — the 141st soul immersed into Christ at Limestone so far this year.
My thanks go to volunteer chaplain Sam Drake, a Madison church member, for picking me up bright and early and giving me a ride to the prison. I enjoyed lunch with Sam, Charles and volunteer chaplain Bill Edwards, one of the workshop’s lead organizer.
Look for my story on prison ministry in an upcoming issue of The Christian Chronicle .
Below are a few more pictures from my visit to Limestone.
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