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Graduation at Darrington, 2019! Thirty-four new Texas Inmate “Field Ministers”

November 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Our Graduation this year marked the fifth graduating class, thirty-four 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 seven 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, counsel, mentor, and teach other inmates.  With this fourth graduating class, we are now in twenty-six prisons in Texas with Field Ministry teams.  That means 55% of all men in Texas prisons now have access to their own TEAM of Field Ministers! God willing, with continued support from our donors and partners, 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,” counselors, teachers and mentors to their fellow inmates.

Banquet, 9th Annual Fundraising Banquet: October 15, 2019

June 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Lt Governor Dan Patrick

Texas Senator John Whitmire

Bryan Collier, Executive Director

Our Special Guests Will Bless You Richly!

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Senator John Whitmire, TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier

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  • Date: Tuesday evening, October 15, 2019
  • Time: 6-9 PM
  • Location:  Morris Cultural Arts Center at
    Houston Baptist University
    7502 Fondren Road
    Houston, Texas
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Women’s Prison Seminary Initiative

April 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Women’s Prison Seminary Initiative

After nine years of having Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary at Darrington prison — for men — we are working now to establish a similar college for the women in Texas prisons which will be called Scarborough College for Women at Hobby (the undergraduate college of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary).  The men’s school at Darrington will now be called Scarborough College for Men at Darrington. The Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies degree will now be conferred from Scarborough College for both men and women.
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 one of our regular visits to the Hobby Unit.  Pictured above nine women incarcerated at the Hobby Unit, Hobby Unit Chaplain Neddie Moore and Brenna Norwood (picture taken by Grove Norwood).  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 grove@heartoftexasfoundation.org, 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.

 

Click here to read a summary of recent research on the incarcerated women in America.

 

 

 

 

 

The Field Ministry Support Kit

November 11, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

When our teams of inmates graduate from our Southwestern Seminary at Darrington Penitentiary, and they are transferred to other prisons in Texas, they need resources for beginning their new ministries.  We have developed the concept of the “Field Ministry Support Kit”, which we take to every Field Ministry Team in each new prison to which they go.  Each Kit costs approximately $7,000, and each Kit is provided by one or more of our donors.

Each Kit contains:

  • Two Dell Optiplex computers with monitors, keyboards, mice
  • One Dell Printer with supplies, extra toner, copy paper
  • 100 selected Theological resource books for pastoral work
  • 800 special counseling booklets which the Field Ministers may leave behind with inmates they counsel

The Southwestern Seminary at Darrington Penitentiary — the engine for new changes in the Texas prison culture.

January 6, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Heart of Texas Foundation welcomes Governor Rick Perry to the Darrington Seminary, an extension campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

~View the Fox 26 Special News Story of the Southwestern Seminary at Darrington, the historic fully-accredited (SACS) Seminary provided through an historic partnership between the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and The Heart of Texas Foundation.  The Darrington Seminary is privately funded by The Heart of Texas Foundation donors.

~See Houston’s Fox News 26 Video Special on the Southwestern Seminary at Darrington Penitentiary

~See the Men Say “Thank You!” to the Donors Who Make the Darrington Seminary Possible

 

 



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