The Texas Field Ministers Program

Mission of The Heart of Texas Foundation:
We take the gospel of Jesus Christ into the darkest of places in our Texas prisons.

Vision of The Heart of Texas Foundation:

We provide the Texas Field Ministers Program as a service opportunity to long-term inmates in the Texas state prison system.

The Heart of Texas Foundation actively provides, as a no-cost service provider to TDCJ, the entire Texas Field Ministers Program and its ongoing development, integrity, and funding. 

The Texas Field Ministers Program includes two parts: 1.) training, 2.) service. 

1.) Training:
            a.) Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies. The Heart of Texas Foundation and The Texas Department of Criminal Justice recognize the Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies for Men at the Darrington Prison Unit and for Women at the Hobby Prison Unit as the only degree qualifying the completion of the first step in becoming a Texas Field Minister. 

            b.) Certification from The Heart of Texas Foundation Field Ministers Academy. As step two to becoming a Texas Field Minister in the Texas Field Ministers Program, inmate graduates attend and must successfully complete the Texas Field Ministers Academy developed and hosted by The Heart of Texas Foundation in collaboration with The Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

2.) Service:
            The Texas Field Minister job opportunity provides men and women who have extremely long prison sentences the opportunity to display a new way of life by faithfully handling responsibilities that flourishing people enjoy to the benefit of themselves and everyone around them, even in the midst of difficult circumstances.

a.) Qualification:  Maintain a G1, G2, or G3 custody level status while serving his or her peers through community, crisis, counseling, and faith-based ministries.

b.) Appointment: Remaining in good standing with the Field Ministers Advisory Council.

The Heart of Texas Foundation makes a lifelong commitment to men and women who enter the Texas Field Ministers Program and successfully keep their jobs as Field Ministers.

The Heart of Texas Foundation is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) charitable, non-profit Christian organization which accepts no state, federal, or tax-dollars of any kind from any agency or donor.

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“How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach
unless they are sent?”

(Romans 10:14-15, ESV)


No ministry can move forward without donors, givers, supporters.  Whatever they may be called, they are the ones who actually do the “sending.”  We pray that is you, or will be you, or will be someone you tell of our work.  We do send Texas Field Ministers into the darkest of places, as we are called to do.

Our aim is to see that the Texas Field Ministers Program, sponsored and funded by The Heart of Texas Foundation, will be generational in its impact.  That is, our work will continue into the next generation.  

We believe that there is every reason to believe that Texas christians can make sure that every year, without fail, new teams of gospel-trained, inmate men and women are sent into our huge prison system as Texas Field Ministers.  Texas has more churches.  Texas has more Christians.  Texas has the means.  And we know that many Christ-followers in Texas have the vision to do this. Will you join us? 

We don’t want to grow bigger, we want to go deeper.

For every 50,000 inmates who leave Texas prisons each year, another 50,000-plus come into Texas prisons.  There is no lack of men and women who find a calling to the gospel, and who want to become Texas Field Ministers. We have the population. We have the proven plan. We have the partners. We have the permissions.  The doors are open to continue on. We know how to do it.

All we need is your consistent help to go generational. That means this: year after year, on into the future, teams of trained men and women, all serving long sentences, and equipped to minister the good news of Jesus Christ—will continue as a stream of light going into the darkest of places in our prisons.

Will you become one of those who helps us send them? Unless they are sent, they cannot preach.

With great hope, and with thanks for you,

Grove Norwood   

Videos & Articles

Videos

Field Ministers daily share the gospel of Jesus Christ all over the state. Field Ministers first learn to walk the tiers of men in restricted housing, most commonly known by the public as solitary confinement. The video below captures men at the Darrington Unit being baptized by local pastors as the Field Ministers watch together from behind the white fencing.


The gospel and the women who are on their way to becoming Field Ministers. The Heart of Texas Foundation meets monthly with women from the Hobby Unit as well as TDCJ staff to prepare the way for the Texas Field Ministers Program to begin for women. Watch the video below to hear the women describe what the Texas Field Ministers Program means to them.


The gospel of Jesus Christ and family reconciliation. Barry Hasten, father of Austin, a current student and future Field Minister at Darrington, shares the impact of the Texas Field Ministers Program upon his family.


Gospel transformation and family relationships. Without fail, when someone comes to faith in Jesus Christ, the Lord gives him or her a desire to restore relationships with family. This is especially true for fathers and mothers and their children, but it is also true for siblings. The video below is of Cathy whose brother, David, is serving as a faithful Field Minister at the Allred Unit.


Articles

Houston Chronicle, “Texas prison program makes ministers out of inmates” by Keri Blakinger

Exiles: A Prisoner’s Daily Devotional

he Heart of Texas Foundation Press published Exiles: A Prisoner’s Daily Devotional by Field Ministers Johnny Blevins, Jason Karch, and Terry Solley in September of 2015. Exiles has sold more than 8,000 copies.

All of the sales of Exiles go directly to a 501C3 nonprofit chosen by the authors that gives scholarships to children of inmates. Due to the sale of Exiles, five scholarships have been awarded.

To purchase Exiles in bulk for ministry purposes, not for re-sale, email michelle@heartoftexasfoundation.org. The bulk purchase rate is a case of 25 copies for $175.00 (or $7.00 per copy) which includes shipping and tax.

Exiles can be sent directly from Amazon to any man or woman in jail or prison.


The authors of Exiles, Jason Karch, Johnny Blevins, and Terry Solley see a hard copy of their published book for the first time.