I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.” — Matthew 25:36

This verse is the heartbeat of GraceInside … our very mission.

It is our great hope to be harbingers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. GraceInside’s chaplains go beyond the barbed-wire fences and concrete block walls of Virginia’s prisons with the good news of forgiveness and redemption. As you come along side us you become a creator of mercy on behalf of the many lives considered “too far gone.”

90% of all people who go into prison are released back into society. These men and women will live in our communities, attend our schools and work alongside us. Hopefully some of them will sit next to us in church on a Sunday morning. The chaplains serving with GraceInside are committed to making sure every incarcerated person in the Commonwealth of Virginia has an opportunity to experience the love, forgiveness and acceptance of Jesus Christ. We are in the business of saving lives from the inside out and YOU make that possible.


Join Us in Prayer

For the GraceInside chaplains:
To have wisdom in their conversations with inmates and staff, for encouragement.

For those affected by incarceration:
To experience God’s grace – the incarcerated, their families, their children, their communities, victims of crime and our system of justice

For those leaving prison today as returning citizens:
To make their re-entry connections and for restored relationships.


Ask GraceInside to Come to Your Church

We’d love to share our stories with you! Every day men and women in Virginia’s state prisons are encountering the person of Jesus Christ through the chaplains who serve at GraceInside. Fill out our contact form to receive more information about having GraceInside come to your church, event or meeting.

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Your tax-deductible personal gift means the 30 chaplains serving GraceInside receive the support they need to answer Matthew 25:36 “I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.”

You may donate online or send a check to:


2828 Emerywood Parkway
Richmond, VA 23294

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Hold on to your hat – for you will be blown away by the incredible stories and lives you encounter on the inside. Their stories of surviving and thriving will impress even the most callous hearts. You will come to bless the population with the gifts God has given you to share and the incarcerated you meet will, in return, bless you tenfold.

Safety and security is of paramount importance for staff, those incarcerated and volunteers at a prison facility. For that reason, many rules exist to keep everyone safe. They may not always make sense at first glance, but a seasoned prison volunteer understands the rules are there for reasons.

A Successful Prison Volunteer:

  • Has a faithful heart
  • Displays persistence and constancy
  • Shows flexibility and humility
  • Is rule abiding
Find a chaplain to contact for volunteering »

Become a prison volunteer:

  1. Contact the prison chaplain where you would like to serve.
  2. Go through an orientation including fingerprinting for a background and clearance check.
  3. Patiently wait for the clearance process.