Jail clergyman Spurgeon earns American Jail Association proffer award

Chaplain John Spurgeon of a Rutherford County Adult Detention Center and Correctional Work Center warranted a Volunteer of a Year endowment this week from a American Jail Association.

Spurgeon perceived a endowment during a annual discussion this week. He also serves as jail method priest during New Vision Baptist Church.

Deputy Chief Bernard Salandy, who heads a Adult Detention Center, nominated Spurgeon for a inhabitant endowment since of a chaplain’s joining to improving a lives of adult inmates.

“As a invitation chaplain, Pastor Spurgeon vigourously teaches Bible studies, mentors inmates and is always fervent to speak and urge with inmates,” Salandy wrote in a nomination. “He is always accessible for genocide notices.

“Pastor Spurgeon understands a hardship inmates’ families humour and reaches out to them,” he said. “He leads New Vision’s Prison Ministry of Soldiers with a Task (SWAT) Team who annually yield Christmas presents for about 800 children of inmates.”

He and his SWAT Team unite a voluntary, annual Spring for Life eventuality for inmates and families with a summary a inmates can change their lives, a emissary arch said. They horde a devout Redeemed for Life Celebration where they control baptisms for inmates who select to participate.

County Mayor Ernest G. Burgess, who supervises a Correctional Work Center, permitted a assignment of Spurgeon. He and his volunteers heighten a lives of inmates and their families.

“I have served as a guest orator during some of a events and conclude first-hand his expostulate to urge a health and contentment of a inmates during both facilities,” Burgess said. “Pastor Spurgeon and his volunteers have done a certain impact on a lives of a inmates and their families.”

Lt. Richard Grissom, who serves as apprehension core module director, pronounced Spurgeon’s use impacts inmates.

“In his care purpose with a jail ministry, he has been a clever voice for change,” Grissom said. “His successful care as a invitation helps allege a Jail Ministry’s goal and priorities in specific ways. Volunteerism and care are shaped on a prophesy shaped by faith and a joining to ‘giving back’ to his community. He stays intentionally connected to his invitation mission.”

In his acceptance, Spurgeon thanked his family, Salandy whom he described as a “big hermit to me,” New Vision Pastor Brady Cooper and a Jail Ministry volunteers.

There is no improved fun than anticipating one particular to move behind to a community, Spurgeon said. He hopes a endowment will enthuse others to “bring wish to a hopeless, desired to a unloved” and give inmates second chances.

“I’m respected and shamed to accept this award,” Spurgeon said.

Top image: Chaplain John Spurgeon, second from left, of a Rutherford County Adult Detention Center, was respected as American Jail Association Volunteer of a Year. From left are endowment unite Bob Barker Jr. of Bob Barker Co., Spurgeon, AJA President Ronaldo Myers, Deputy Chief Bernard Salandy and Sgt. David Hutsell of a Rutherford County Adult Detention Center.