A Love Story – An Innocent Man and a Leap of Faith – David and Linda Boyce

  •  June 9, 2016

From our Impact Update: David Boyce served 23 years in Virginia’s prisons for a crime 42 pieces of DNA evidence proved he didn’t commit. Released in 2013, he shares a snippet of his story. Dave, most of us cannot wrap our minds (or hearts) around what you’ve been through.  How did you make it through? “For the first 10 years, I tried to do it in my own power. I came to the end of myself. I was at the … Read more »

Testimonial: “Life changing” seems like an exaggeration…”

  •  April 27, 2016

“Life changing” seems like an exaggeration.  If I hadn’t had such a negative mindset before, it would be. It does not matter how my feelings came to be or how my heart had become so hardened, just that they were.  I prayed that God would not let me lose my last bit of hope of softening the callus forming within me toward his people.  In walked “Hope” and I walked out a different person.  Rev. Litchfield’s words spoke directly to … Read more »

Worth Shouting About! GraceInside and Faith Based Re-Entry – 0% Recidivism!!!!

,   •  March 22, 2016

What are we doing to help people re-enter society after incarceration?  At Deep Meadow Correctional Center, Chaplain David Cheyne is not only the chaplain but also GraceInside’s Faith Based Reentry Manager, who oversees a program of 24 men that work together with volunteers for a full year prior to release.  In the history of our FBRE program, we are busting at the seams with pride that NONE of the men who have completed the program have returned to prison.  Zero. … Read more »

Whatever happens to kids whose parents are incarcerated?

  •  March 16, 2016

This!  This is the daughter of a now-released woman.  They have reconnected and are doing well. God can and does heal broken people and broken relationships! http://m.voanews.com/a/acts-random-kindness-troubled-youth-hopelessness-helping-others/3236436.html Incidentally, this young woman, Cordelia Cranshaw, is seeking a platform for her message by competing in the Ms DC United States 2016 pageant. You can read more about it here:  https://www.gofundme.com/cordeliacranshaw Read more »


  •  January 28, 2016

Like the National Council of Churches, we see the need to pursue justice, love mercy and walk humbly. We value these changes and wonder if we will continue to follow suit as people of God and as a Commonwealth. http://nationalcouncilofchurches.us/ncc-applauds-new-rules-on-solitary-confinement-life-sentences-for-juveniles/ Read more »

Prison Ministry at River North Making Headlines!

  •  November 29, 2015

The family at GraceInside loves to partner with others and share when that partnership saves lives!  Read on to learn about how Kairos and Chaplain RB Anderson are working together to change lives forever! http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/ministry-brings-hope-prisoners Read more »

Why Would People Keep Going Back to Prison?

  •  November 16, 2015

Why?  Why? WHY? Why would men and women choose to endure pat downs, security checks and the hurry up and wait challenges of a prison environment? What drives people to volunteer in a prison? Volunteers are an amazing and wonderful part of GraceInside’s ministry to the men and women of Virginia’s prisons.  Volunteers do everything from individual pastoral care (in some facilities) to managing full worship services to participating in an entire weekend retreat for Kairos.  Sometimes they fill the … Read more »

Happy Retirement, Chaplain Michael Rowland!

  •  October 21, 2015

After 22 years serving as a chaplain with GraceInside, most recently at Nottoway Correctional Center, we celebrate with Chaplain Michael Rowland that he will be retiring from chaplaincy!  While we will miss Chaplain Rowland, we are excited about this new chapter in his life where he can focus more on the church he serves and spend time with his wife.  We appreciate his dedication and commitment and he will be missed.  Congratulations! “I give God total credit and praise for … Read more »

Changing it up!

  •  October 18, 2015

We are delighted to announce some staff changes within GraceInside. Effective 11/1/2015, Chaplain Robert Ball will become the chaplain to Nottoway Correctional Center!  Due to Mike Rowland’s retirement, the position opened and Chaplain Ball has stepped up eager to assume the helm of the ministry there.  This change left an opening in both of Chaplain Ball’s facilities – Lunenburg and Baskerville.  Happily, our own Chaplain Curtis Wall will begin that assignment on 11/1 as well.  GraceInside is excited for the ministry … Read more »

Our Thoughts

  •  September 16, 2015

Good people exist.  They exist everywhere.  In prison cells and in prison administration.  Ohio Director of Rehabilitation and and Correction, Gary Mohr, is one of them.  “The crimes that earned the men here their punishment violated America’s standards of decency. But those standards, Mohr believes, require us to help these men redeem the remainders of their lives.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/redeeming-the-remainder-of-a-life/2015/09/11/167a7d36-57e1-11e5-8bb1-b488d231bba2_story.html Read more »