The Heart of Texas Foundation
April 2017

Women’s Prison Seminary Initiative

April 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Women’s Prison Seminary Initiative

After six years of having our Southwestern Seminary at Darrington prison — for men — we have now gone to work to establish a similar seminary for the women in Texas prisons.
With the full cooperation of our partners — TDCJ, Southwestern Theological Seminary, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and Senator John Whitmire of the Texas Criminal Justice Committee — we are now going through the prayerful process of establishing the Texas Women’s Prison Seminary.  More on this effort in future Newsletters!  The above picture was taken on our first visits to identify in which of our women’s prisons the new seminary will be located!  Pictured above are Regional Warden Melodye Nelson and other TDCJ officials, as well as Southwestern Seminary Women’s Dean Dr. Terri Stovall and her associate, Dr. Candi Finch, who along with other female faculty will be teaching in the new women’s seminary.  Of course, we know that the greatest asset any prison system has is the inmate who has been spiritually transformed into a moral inmate.  And we know there is no better way to help that process that to expose inmates, both male and female, to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  It’s a proven fact.  The changed lives prove it.
Please pray for funding and favor as we proceed with this incredible opportunity.  It is something only our God could do.  And years ago He did it in the men’s prison at Darrington.  We’re trusting He will do it again, in the women’s prison at Hobby.
>The location has been chosen for the new women’s seminary:  The Hobby Women’s Unit, in Marlin, Texas.  There are approximately 1325 women here, in this maximum-security penitentiary.  This selection was made through the combined input from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the Southwestern Seminary, and The Heart of Texas Foundation.
>The process.  We will be working carefully and thoughtfully with all of our key partners as we move forward.  There are many moving parts to creating a seminary within a prison system.  We are thankful for the success of the men’s seminary at Darrington, and pray our experience there will help this process go smoothly.
>The Funding for this second school is now needed.  Funding needs here will be significant:  it will be a second fully-accredited seminary for us to undertake.  If you feel like you would be ready to make an investment into our ongoing, proven work, we encourage you to call or write us at POB 110, Bellville, Texas 77418.  Email is, or please call Grove Norwood on his cell phone at 281-850-8103.

The Hobby Unit for Women, a maximum-security facility in Marlin, Texas.


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Our Needs List

April 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

As more men graduate from our historic prison seminary, the Southwestern Seminary at Darrington Penitentiary, our ministry to imprisoned men is growing steadily.  We now have seminary graduates— inmates with accredited seminary degrees– serving in nineteen (as of 2017) different men’s penitentiaries in Texas.  They are being allowed to perform counseling, teaching, mentoring, pastoral and ministerial services to inmates in those prisons.  New hope has come for many inmates.

And this year, in 2017, we will begin work to bring a Texas women’s prison seminary into being.  With over 12,000 women locked up in some 12 Texas prisons, the need is huge for them to have their own prison seminary!

The continuing need for our work at The Heart of Texas Foundation is outstripping the means to support all the opportunities that are being presented. We receive regular requests to visit prisons, penitentiaries and jails not only in Texas but in other states as well.

All of these requests by others open opportunities for us to GIVE. Here are some of our current needs, for which we ask your prayerful consideration:

  1. PRIVATE FUNDING WILL KEEP THE DOORS OPEN. As you may know, we have committed to funding the operating expenses of the historic “Darrington Seminary” in the Darrington Maximum-Security Penitentiary in Rosharon, Texas. It’s an official campus of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Fort Worth, Texas. This Seminary is now in its first year of operation. We need your help. Only PRIVATE FUNDING will keep the Seminary door open. You are welcome to join us in our own giving to this great work we have undertaken.
  2. CAN YOUR CHURCH BECOME A “Sustaining Partner” with The Heart of Texas Foundation? Please pray about putting us into your annual Missions Budget, or your monthly personal gift list, and support our work in the prisons of Texas, in supporting the Soiuthwestern Seminary at  Darrington (the only SACS accredited Seminary in a Texas prison) in Rosharon, Texas. Call Grove Norwood’s office phone direct at 281-850-8103 for information on what we offer to your church as part of the Sustaining Partner commitment to you. Or you may email him at
  3. FIELD MINISTRY TEAM “STARTER KITS”  Each year, in the month of May, we graduate another class of long-term inmates who have studied full time in our Heart of Texas sponsored Southwestern Seminary at Darrington penitentiary. We send these men out into Texas men’s prisons all over the state— each year, in teams of 4-5 men.  You can “adopt” a team by sponsoring a “Starter Kit” of equipment (3-4 computers and printers for their team’s use), theological and pastoral resources, and counseling materials– all new items, at  $7,000 per Kit.  Please let us know if you, your church, business, or Sunday School class would like to adopt one of the Field Ministry Prisons and donate a Kit to that Team.  You could adopt one new team every year!  Such a gift would so greatly help us equip these seminary graduates for their full-time ministry services in their Field Ministry prisons!  Email us for more information, or call us at 281-850-8103.


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