Our Vision/Mission Statement
To bring liberty to those in Captivity, through the Ministry of the Word.
Founding Scripture: Isaiah 61:1
The Wolverhampton Prison Ministry was formally birthed 12 years ago, in January 2003. We first started ministering at Dovegate Prison, Uttoxeter, and now we are in Onley Prison, near Rugby, as well as Werrington Youth Offending Institute in Stoke on Trent. We also regularly attended Shrewsbury prison until the time it closed, occasionally ministered at Foston Hall, a Ladies prison in Derby and have supported the West Midlands (Birmingham) team at Oakwood in Featherstone.
During our 12 years, we have seen hundreds of men (some women), young and old, come to know the Lord and have conducted numerous baptisms at Dovegate, at one time on a monthly basis. The prisoners are encouraged to take part in the service by playing an instrument if they can, sharing a testimony or reading the scriptures.
The team consists of the following regular members, all of whom have to be approved and released by their respective pastors to join the team and interviewed by appointed members of the team. Their main role or assignment within the team is listed, although every member is given the opportunity to share the Word or share a testimony, pray, or read the scripture.
New Testament Church of God, Heath Town
- Jean Garwood (Co-ordinator/preacher – all Prisons)
- Richard Wisdom (Music Co-ordinator/keyboardist – all Prisons)
- Barry Chambers (Main Worship leader, moderator - all Prisons)
- Michael Henry (Preacher, moderator - Dovegate Prison)
- Michael Brown (Guitarist, preacher - all Prisons)
New Testament Church of God, Low Hill
- Noel Samuels (Mentor - Prisons vary)
LifeSpring Church, Chapel Ash, Wolverhampton
- Lasona Moore (Preacher and bible studies teacher - all Prisons)
- Audley Moore (Mentor and Moderator - all Prisons)
- Andrea Morgan (Mentor - Dovegate Prison)
St. Mary’s Church of England, Bushbury
- Ruby Lewis (Mentor - all Prisons)
New Testament Church of God, Stoke on Trent
- Hyacinth Durrant (Mentor – Dovegate Prison and Werrington YOI)
Although the team is made up of individuals from different churches, one thing we boast is that we are truly united in the Lord, by the work of the Holy Spirit.
All our members have to be security cleared to attend the various prisons and majority of us have participated in National Prison and Care Ministries training workshops organised by Rev. Donald Williams, and have successfully completed either Levels 1, 2 or 3 Certificates in Community Service Chaplaincy.
We meet at the beginning of each year to review the ministry and also try and meet a minimum of three times a year for corporate prayer.
The team has grown from strength to strength and in God’s grace and favour, despite us all experiencing some major obstacles along the way, such as family bereavement, illnesses, ranging from deep vein thrombosis to a stroke and a breakdown on the M6 motorway whilst in the outside lane. All I can say is God has been so good to us, and to Him be given all the glory, honour and praise. He has done great things and continues to do so, in our own individual lives, in the lives of the prisoners we minister to, and also in the lives of Chaplaincy teams and the wardens who oversee the services.
The vision is unquestionably being fulfilled and all praises belong to God. We have seen God bring light out of darkness and hope out of despair.
We need your continued support!
- Through your prayers
- Through your encouragement
- Through your financial contributions