The Field Ministers Academy

The Heart of Texas Foundation supports the mission and goals of TDCJ and the Rehabilitation Programs Division. As the service providers of the Field Ministers Program, we want to take the next step in preparing men and women who earn the Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies to be even more effective once they reach their outlying units to begin their work as Field Ministers.

The Field Ministers Academy will be annually sponsored and hosted by The Heart of Texas Foundation, in partnership with TDCJ.


With the help of TDCJ and RPD, we are creating The Heart of Texas Foundation Field Ministers Academy.

  • The Field Ministers Academy will be held annually for the most recent graduating classes of the Field Ministers Training Centers at Darrington and Hobby.
  • Upon graduation from Darrington, the entire class would then be designated as “Candidates” for appointment as Field Ministers.
  • The Field Ministers Academy will be a highly focused, “on-the-job training” experience for the newly graduated class.
  • Graduates of the Darrington program will be required to successfully complete The Heart of Texas Field Ministers Academy before being commissioned as “Texas Field Ministers.”
  • The Field Ministers Academy will consist of a four-week, intensive, on-the-job training experience for the new graduating class.

We want to give the men the opportunity to transition well from student to Field Minister. We want them to have the added confidence that comes with on-the-job training to minister to men like Karl who you can hear from in the following video.

The Field Ministers of the John B. Connally Unit faithfully visited the men in restricted housing. Karl Harris was one of those men. Karl is now a leader for the good on his unit and has received a reduced sentence with the opportunity to be released from prison. Without the Field Ministers being able to visit Karl, he might still be lost in a cell alone.