What can you buy while incarcerated – and who decides?

Excerpts from an article by Chaplain Bernie Morris: Have you ever wondered where you would get the items you needed if you found yourself unable to go out to a variety of stores? For offenders in the Virginia Department of Corrections (VaDoc) this is the issue they face.  Who decides what they can buy?  Where do they get electronics; certain … Read more »

The FULL Story of Hope – by Lynn

You all have blessed me with the chance to share Hope with so many of your congregations and ministries. I have delighted in her story as an educational tool and as a resource for teaching. I have done many versions of Hope – from her 5 minute inception at Eagle Eyrie Women’s Get Away to the full story that you … Read more »

Peeking into Keen Mountain Correctional Center

So often, we don’t get to see what is happening behind bars. Yet, you are making amazing things happen – both little and HUGE!  Thank you. Not everyone is called by God to work behind the bars – but Chaplain Paul Ritter is. Here, he shares some stories from behind the bars. “Every Wednesday I spend in segregation and with … Read more »

Bob’s Turning Points

Bob’s Turning Points -Believer, Baptized, Elder and Ordained Minister: Serving God in Virginia’s Prisons Chaplain Lee Harris and Chaplain’s Assistant Bob Bradshaw of Green Rock Correctional Center But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain: but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the … Read more »

Gratitude from the Heart of a Chaplain: “Corrections: A Noble Profession”

As Chaplain Ritter closes his chapter at Augusta Correctional Center and begins his transition to Keen Mountain, he offered these thoughts to his colleagues. Corrections: a Noble Profession As I come to the end of six years as Chaplain at Augusta Correctional Center, I conclude that corrections is a noble, and often thankless profession. Friends and family members wonder, “Why … Read more »

Changes, changes and more changes!

Sometimes change is good. Sometimes those changes hurt our hearts. This time it is a combination of both! We celebrate the retirement from our Board of Rev. Dr. David Tabor of the Holston Conference as he is now being reassigned to parish life!  Thank you for your many years of service and we wish you every blessing moving forward. Rob … Read more »

RB Anderson, Beloved and Mourned

Robert Bradford “RB” Anderson, Jr. passed into the arms of Jesus on April 24, 2017, after a brief illness. We at GraceInside celebrate with him and grieve for those of us left behind to mourn our loss. Certain RB is hearing, “Well done my good and faithful servant!” we await our reunion with anticipation. Until then, we hope. You can … Read more »

First Hand Insight to a Kairos Closing

GraceInside’s chaplains are the hosts to all religious events that take place inside the walls. Without chaplains, religious volunteers could not come in. Valuable, transformative volunteer programs like Kairos would be unable to do their ordained work. Lives would remain unchanged and untouched – tragic for the inmate, family, community and Kingdom of God. You can read one testimony from … Read more »

Give a Man New Life – FBRE Expansion!

For Easter this year, you can give a man NEW LIFE!  GraceInside needs your help to expand our 100% successful Faith Based Re-Entry Program!  This program has over 200 graduates in the past five years who’ve benefited… whose families have benefited… God’s Kingdom has benefited… They’ve gotten out and stayed out! With a ZERO percent recidivism rate, we want to … Read more »

Hope in 5 minutes

If you have (or haven’t) seen Hope, we’d like to make this clip available for you to use in your church or class!  In just five minutes, you can hear a deeply moving story and how GraceInside seeks to meet the needs presented. Please, share Hope today – for the purpose of keeping GraceInside! Hope Video Read more »