Prison ministry seeks volunteers

NEW STANTON, Pa. – Yokefellowship Prison Ministry is seeking new volunteers to minister in Northern Correctional Facility in Moundsville; Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville; Belmont Correctional Institution in St. Clairsville, Ohio; Northern Regional Juvenile Center in Wheeling; and Helinski Shelter in Wheeling.

The ministry has been active in this area since 2001, and is one of three chapters in the region. Yokefellow volunteers also minister in correctional facilities throughout Pennsylvania.

To increase awareness of the need for volunteers, the South West Regional Advisory Council of Yokefellowship is holding an all-day conference from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 14 in New Stanton, Pa.

Transportation can be arranged from the Wheeling area by contacting Dale Noland at (304) 830-0424. The cost is $30 per person.

The conference is designed to introduce individuals and churches to the need for and effectiveness of prison ministry and encourage them to support this local ministry. Conference speakers include Chaplain Chip Rhodes, a Protestant chaplain at Moundsville jail; the Rev. Jim Kensinger, formerly on the FBI’s Most Wanted list and now a pastor; Eric Johnson, a pastor and unit manager at a maximum security prison; Chaplain Renita Crable, a Protestant chaplain at the Pennsylvania State Correction Institution – Fayette; and David Bowen, a retired chaplain and currently the executive director of Yokefellowship.

Yokefellowship has been an active ministry since 1968 and provides training and certification to all volunteers.

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