Our Tenth Anniversary

It’s hard to believe. From the first round-table discussions in 2010 to now, it’s a clear testimony of grace from the God we serve. 

We were told, “Grove, this will never happen in Texas!”

After all, who ever heard of such a thing in a state prison system: Men and women with long sentences being trained, then appointed as something called “Field Ministers,” then being shipped in teams to other prisons all over the state with the freedom to minister to others?

Is it possible they would be allowed to walk the aisles in the cellblocks, cell to cell, and minister to men in solitary confinement or to men on suicide watch or known gang leaders, locked up by themselves 23 hours a day?

Would it be possible in Texas to see gang leaders listen to the Field Ministers, hear the gospel and come to faith in Jesus, then renounce their gangs, come out of solitary confinement, and enroll in the Bible college at Darrington so that they could become Field Ministers?

We are watching all that happen, and it has been going on for 10 years now.

It is because of our partners: Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Texas Senator John Whitmire, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and The Heart of Texas Foundation. 

We have been continually sustained by our givers: our donors, supporters, and prayer warriors. We are also deeply grateful that it is we who have been given the privilege of designing, organizing, overseeing, and funding this amazing, historic, ten-year movement that has impacted Texas inmates and their families—what we all celebrate this year. 

And now, what 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, to God be the glory, we all say in unison!  

Happy Ten-Year Anniversary, everyone! 

Taking the Gospel into the Darkest of Places

What drives us in this calling?  It is to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ into the darkest of places. For us, those places are where men in solitary confinement live out their days, and often years, alone. Totally alone. They are not allowed to go to church, to attend bible study, to take classes, go to the library, the recreation yard, the cafeteria.  They are locked up inside the lockup.  

Women

Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies


Listen to the Hobby 9 tell us about what the Texas Field Ministers Program would mean to them. This is only the beginning of a work of our Lord unlike the world has recently seen.

Who Will Train the Women?

One of the common questions we receive is, “Who will actually teach the women in the training portion of the Texas Field Ministers Program?”

The Texas Field Ministers Program provided by The Heart of Texas Foundation is not a volunteer-driven program. The Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies is an accredited degree requiring all professors who teach in the school to be hired by Scarborough College with all of their doctrinal and accreditation requirements. Accreditation requirements help elevate and protect the quality of education the women will acquire in the course of their studies. Women will teach women. This means that the women who teach as professors must have the academic credentials to teach in their given subject area. The Women’s Advisory Council represents the qualified women who will step into this most precious stewardship—the discipleship of the women who will serve as Texas Field Ministers.

  • Dr. Tracy Dyson visits with the Hobby 9. The Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies curriculum includes a course in Physical Science. Tracy brings not only her heart for the Lord and for people, but her unique expertise in the field of chemistry and science and field experience for this pioneering work—the historic Texas Field Ministers Program for Women.

Bible College Building at the Hobby Unit

The Heart of Texas Foundation looks forward to the day that when we drive up to the Hobby Unit and the women’s Bible College building for the Texas Field Ministers Program greets us warmly from the parking lot in the very front of the unit. We are working daily on the women’s program and the building.

What courses are in the curriculum?

The Heart of Texas Foundation is excited to provide the Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies to women with extremely long prison sentences in Texas.

Many will argue that so many women who will have the opportunity to leave prison should be allowed to enter the Texas Field Ministers Program. Our calling is to women with extremely long prison sentences who may never have the opportunity to live anywhere but prison.

The Texas Field Ministers Program begins for a woman with an extremely long prison sentence who applies and is accepted to begin as a student at the Scarborough College Hobby Prison Extension.

Curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies is accredited by two accrediting bodies: the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). SACS is the same accrediting body that accredits the degrees from all of our state colleges in Texas such as Texas A&M University, Baylor University, the University of Texas and many more.

If you would like to see the courses in the Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies with their course descriptions, please feel free to click on the word Download or on the picture below:

Part one of the two-part training to become a Texas Field Minister is to apply for
the Texas Field Ministers Program, then be accepted to pursue the
Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies.

The Donor Visits

“Seeing is believing.” There is no more powerful proof of that old expression than to go into a men’s maximum-security prison with us.  We often take new friends of our work into the prisons to visit our Field Ministers. We often take donors as well. And our visitors encounter experiences they never could have imagined.