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.
Dr. Rosaria Butterfield and Dr. Denise Hallfors visit with the Hobby 9. The Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies curriculum includes courses in English and Health Science. Rosaria brings not only her commitment to the gospel of Jesus and love for people of all walks of life, but her scholarship in English and experience as a tenured professor and proven witness of Christ Jesus in places hostile to the gospel. Denise's careful ear and scholarship through research in world health issues has brought invaluable sense of measure to our discussions. These women have forever shaped the historic Texas Field Ministers Program for Women.
Amy Whitfield and Beth Holmes visit with the Hobby 9. The Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies includes Baptist History and Heritage and Introduction to Missions. Amy, as a unifier and one with a clear sense of the broader horizon of SBC life and her heart for gospel missions always, always elevates and brings clarity both to the immediate situation and the overall trajectory. The Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies curriculum includes Academic Skills for College Students. Beth, as a trusted confidant and skillful writer who attends to every detail and person with Christian nurture and care, has given us all her indelible mark of thoroughness and a right prioritization and spirit.
Dr. Lilly Park visits with the Hobby 9. The Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies curriculum includes the courses Virtues of Godly Character, The Christian Life, Disciple Making, Evangelism, and Introduction to Biblical Counseling. Lilly, with her gentle spirit and depth of study in Scripture and life specific application for gospel living has already resulted in fruit at the Hobby Unit.
Dr. Diana Severance visits with the Hobby 9. The Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies curriculum includes Survey of Church History, as well as, Western Civilization I & II. Diana, as an exemplar woman of godly character and proven Christian historian, continually brings history to bear to shape the historic Texas Field Ministers Program for Women.
Dr. Brenna Norwood visits with the Hobby 9. The Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies curriculum includes Bible Study and Interpretive Methods, The Narrative and Thematic Structure of the Bible, Principles and Methods of Teaching, and Introduction to Christianity and College Life. Brenna joyfully looks forward with Grove to the day women begin their training in the Texas Field Ministers Program.
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:
The Heart of Texas Foundation regularly visits the Field Ministers in their respective prisons in Texas. There are thirty-three prisons in Texas who have their own team of Field Ministers. Currently there are 162 Field Ministers serving in those 33 prisons, where a total of over 78,000 men are housed.
“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.
We are now developing a Field Ministers Program for the women in Texas prisons. It will be located at the Hobby Unit for Women, in Marlin, just south of Waco. We have invited two groups of women to help us lay the groundwork.
“How then will they call on him in whole 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?“
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 Texas Field Ministers Program includes two parts: 1.) training, 2.) service.
1.) Training: a.) Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies. The Heart of Texas Foundation and The Texas Department of Criminal Justice recognize the Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies from the Scarborough College for Men at the Darrington Prison Unit and the Scarborough College 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 from Scarborough College 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.