Sep 23, 2013 12:00am - 1:00pm

Support for Our Jail Ministry Needed

There is room for more golf teams at the Good News Jail and Prison Ministry Golf Event on September 23rd at Old Trail Golf Club. If you would like to enter please contact:

Kathy Redding:  Email:   Phone: (434) 906-4697

To make a direct donation send to:

Good News Jail & Prison Ministry J-51

P.O. Box 2844

                        Charlottesville, VA 22902


The Good News Jail and Prison Ministry has been active in the Charlottesville Albemarle Regional Jail since 1984. The ministry has grown over the years and now provides for a full-time Chaplain to the jail, who aside from his own work, oversees and coordinates approximately 60 Good News volunteers. Jail Superintendent, Colonel Ronald Matthews, praised the ministry’s calming effect on the inmates and values Good News’ presence at well over $250,000 in cost-free services to the jail. Recidivism rates for those inmates who are active in the ministry tend to be way lower than the normal jail population.

I believe that changing the “heart” is the first step in changing the individual,” said Albemarle County Sheriff, Chip Harding. “There are no rehabilitation programs that truly change a person’s heart,” Harding continued. “I have seen firsthand, the benefit of inmates spending time with a faith counselor, considering how they can improve themselves with the help of the Lord.”

Good News Jail & Prison Ministry does not solicit or accept any government funding; instead, it relies on the local community to help continue God’s mission behind bars. 

The ministry’s governing body; the Chaplin’s Support Team struggles each year to meet a modest $70,000 budget. Current economic times have caused some of our local churches reduce their support making it even more difficult to raise necessary funds


J.E. "Chip" Harding (member Chaplin’s Support Team)

Sheriff Albemarle County

411E. High Street

Charlottesville, VA 22902


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