Good News Jail & Prison Ministry’s “Beyond the Walls” banquet Sept. 22

Good News Jail & Prison Ministry Chaplain, Preston Davis (left), pictured with several men who have benefited from the program. Davis invites the community to come learn about the program at their annual “Hope Beyond The Walls” banquet on Sept. 22.

STERLING — Good News Jail & Prison Ministry will be holding their annual “Beyond the Walls” Banquet and Auction 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, in the Northeastern Junior College ballroom.

Chaplain Preston Davis invites the community to come and hear first hand from the men and women who live and work behind the walls of the Sterling Correctional Facility. Learn what is being done to reduce crime and recidivism within Colorado communities and how these important factors impact the lives of offenders to create lasting change.

The event will include a silent auction and a program by gospel singer Charles “Chuck” Limbrick, who recently released a new CD “I Made It.”

In June 1989, he was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole, at age 15, after killing his mother, so she wouldn’t follow him when he ran away with a friend. He became the youngest person in an adult correctional facility.

While in prison, he pursued music and committed his life to saving youth and helping others. Limbrick was granted clemency and released from prison in July 2011.

Gospel artist Charles ‘Chuck’ Limbrick will be the featured speaker at Good News Jail & Prison Ministry’s “Hope Beyond the Walls” banquet on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Good News Jail & Prison Ministry is a non-profit entity that provides trained, ordained chaplains in jails and prisons to serves and meet the spiritual needs of inmates and correctional staff and their families. The ministry was established in 1961, by Dr. William L. Simmer, and has chaplains ministering throughout the United States and in Latvia, as well as Africa and India.

Their purpose statement is “to meet the needs of both inmates and staff through ministry that includes evangelism, discipleship and pastoral attention, while facilitating other religious faiths within the guidelines established by law and the individual correctional facility.”

Good News accepts no local, state or federal funds and is supported by churches and individuals interested in prison ministry.

A Good News chaplain is responsible for preaching, counseling, teaching, administering the Bible Correspondence course and training and working closely with lay people who volunteer their time inside the jails and prisons. The chaplain’s ministry is hands-on pastoral ministry; the inmates are his congregation, the jail or prison, his pulpit.

The Bible Correspondence course consists of 224 individual Bible studies that inmates can utilize to gain a deeper and greater knowledge of the Bible.

Chaplains also teach the Life-Learning program, a biblically-centered ministry program, designed to teach inmates how their world and life views related to every area of their life.

Sponsors are being sought for the banquet.

For more information or to make a reservation call (970) 522-0217.

Callie Jones: (970) 526-9286; Follow @CJones _JA on Twitter.

If you goWhat: “Beyond the Walls” benefit for Good News Jail & Prison Ministry program

When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22

Where: NJC Ballroom

Info: (970) 522-0217