L-R Rich Wittish and David Hodge Chatham County Detention Center


Since 1988, First Presbyterian Church has sought to comply with Christ’s command to “visit the prisoner” by sending church members to conduct Bible studies with inmates at the Chatham County Detention Center.

 During weekly, one-hour sessions, FPC participants strive to bring the word of God to and bolster the faith of folks who have reached the lowest points in their lives.

 Those involved in this outreach are designated as volunteer chaplains by the Sheriff’s Office and serve under the auspices of the Coastal Jail Ministries of Georgia, an interdenominational Christian organization that, according to its website, endeavors “to meet the spiritual needs and open doors of hope to the inmates, officers and staff of the Chatham County Detention Center.” See http://www.cjmga.org/site/about-coastal-jail-ministries-of-georgia.

 Qualifying as a volunteer chaplain requires attending an administrative policy class and obtaining a security clearance through the Sheriff’s Office.

 You may call FPC members David Hodge at 897-3903 or Rich Wittish at 897- 3506 about the Jail Ministry. Men and women interested in starting the process of becoming a volunteer chaplain could also contact one of the jail’s fulltime chaplains — Greg Quarterman, Canas Blackston or Myra Mitchell — at 652-7757.

 Prayer partners for inmates are also needed as well as test-paper graders for the detention center’s Life Learning Program. http://www.cjmga.org/site/chaplains-life-learning-program.