Prison Ministry

I was in prison and you visited me. …whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.–Matthew 25:36-45
At NRUMC, we actively support prison ministry through the following activities:

Yokefellow Prison Ministry…

…is an inter-denominational, interracial Christian ministry of reconciliation begun in 1969, which includes both lay and clergy, male and female. It is founded on the idea that people’s lives are changed through committed relationships. The ministry is conducted by trained volunteers who lead weekly meetings of small groups inside our correctional institutions. It is a ministry of listening, sharing, caring, encouragement and support provided by community volunteers from the “outside” yoked in fellowship with those on the “inside.” NRUMC Yokefellow volunteers carpool to Polk Correctional Institute in Butner each Wednesday evening. For more information, email Barbara Bays  or call her at  919-676-8293.

Community Success Initiative

Through a network of community partners, we work with men and women in prison, former prisoners, people in transition, and their families through our “Resource Center Without Walls.” We provide small group trainings and individual mentoring in general life skills, leadership, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and areas related to transitioning back into family and community life. We provide the opportunity for people with life experience with the criminal justice and prison systems to network with each other, exchange knowledge and resources, and solve problems. Volunteer needs include: Administrative clerical assistance, and Mentoring by partnering with clients through advice regarding social skills, job interview prep, grooming and dress. Mentors build confidence and give encouragement. Volunteers readily see the impact of their time and give hope to the discouraged. For more information, email Keith Dixon or call him at 919.848.8853, or visit

Disciple Bible Outreach Ministry…

…offers a weekly opportunity to witness as disciples by teaching/assisting the study of God’s love through Bible study within the North Carolina prison system as well as the Federal Prison system. This ministry is based on the Disciple Bible program Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study. For more information, go to

Project Angel Tree

The Angel Tree ministry brings Christmas joy to the children of incarcerated persons in the form of gifts purchased by members of the congregation on the inmate’s behalf. Volunteers can assist with: calling families, sorting gifts, delivering gifts,  or organizing angel ornaments for distribution to gift providers. For more info, email Anna Kosak or call her at 919.616.6006.

Pardoned by Christ

This ministry serves both in prison and post re-entry, and is committed to restoring lives affected by incarceration. In-prison ministries include adult Bible study, discipleship and worship services in Triangle area facilities, and mentoring at North Carolina Youth Development Centers. Re-entry ministries include support of transitional housing for men, transitional programs for girls through the Methodist Home for Children, and facilitation of support groups for families affected by incarceration. Volunteer needs are many and varied. For more information go to

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