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Wilkes Prison Ministry


The Wilkes Prison Ministry was established in 1993 to provide spiritual and religious support to the inmates with
careful separation of state and religious issues. An initial goal was to provide a religious service center and after eight years of hard work, a double-wide trailer was dedicated on September 11, 2001.

The first Prison Chaplain was Reverend Ken Hix, who retired in 2003. He was followed by Reverend John Setzer
and then Reverend Eddie Anderson. Both men died prematurely. However, despite the obstacles, the Ministry has
prospered, thanks to a very active and involved Board of Directors and the enthusiasm and dedication of the current
Chaplain, Larry Ford. The ministry looks forward to expanding programs for the inmates. An example of this expansion is the ReEntry program, which prepares inmates who are completing long sentences for their return to life outside prison.

Recently, the Wilkes Prison Ministry saw another vision brought to reality. The Wilkes Prison Ministry Transition House
was opened in January of 2009 to provide residence for released inmates who met the criteria to live in the House.

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