Graduation at Darrington, 2016! Thirty Three new “Texas Inmate Field Ministers”
Our Graduation this year marked the second class of thirty-three inmates who are now equipped with four-year Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies degrees, awarded by the accredited Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Seminary PhDs taught these men for four years of full time study. These men are now approved by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to be transferred to other prisons in Texas, in teams of 4-5 men, where they will be given unprecedented access to move about their prisons and minister to the inmates. With this second graduating class, we are now in thirteen prisons in Texas with Field Ministry teams. God willing, each year in May we will graduate another senior class and send them out to multiple prisons where they will actually LIVE full time as inmate "pastors" and mentors.
The Field Ministry Support Kit
We deliver a Field Ministry Support Kit to every new Field Ministry Prison, for the exclusive use of the Field Ministry Team at that prison. The Kit contains nearly a hundred carefully selected theological resource books for the Field Ministers to prepare their Bible Studies, sermons, and counseling sessions; it also contains 800 "leave behind" counseling booklets on a wide range of subjects, to be left with inmates in crisis who might find help from a Biblical counseling approach; as well as two new Dell computers and a compatible printer, with supplies. These items are all made possible through the generous support of our donors.
The Southwestern Seminary at Darrington Penitentiary — the engine for new changes in the Texas prison culture.
They each earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biblical Studies. All of them were subsequently transferred to 7 prisons in Texas, in teams ranging from 5-8 men each. They are now serving as the first inmate "Field Ministers" in Texas prison history. The Heart of Texas Foundation is pleased to have been the formative entity in giving birth to the seminary, and we continue to fund its entire operation with private funds.