RESOURCES

  • IN PRISON
  • RE-ENTRY
  • FAMILIES
  • PRISON MINISTRIES
  • PARTNER CHURCHES

Halfway Houses

Landing Zone (currently being built)

Renascence Inc. (for men released from state prisons)

Foundation of Renewal (for women released from state prisons}

Dismas House (for those released from federal prisons)

Vineyard (for those labeled as sex offenders)

Faith Crusades Fellowship Ministries

Re-entry Community Ministries/Programs

Hope Inspired Ministries

Ministries for Families of Prisoners

Prison Fellowship (Conducts Operation Angel Tree)

Adullam House

Isaiah 58 (provides clothes for prisoners being released from prison)

Prison Fellowship

Pathway to Freedom

We Care

Life Link

Birmingham Theological Seminary (at Bibb County Correctional Facility)

Alabama Prison Ministries

Kairos

 

FBC PRISON MINISTRY

In 2018, First Baptist had eleven servant leaders (one director, an administrative assistant, an Operation Angel Tree coordinator, seven instructors for Pathway to Freedom classes, an assistant chaplain, and two worship leaders) to serve incarcerated men and women in six correctional facilities in the River Region (Kilby, Staton, Tutwiler Main, Tutwiler Annex, Montgomery Women’s Facility, and the Montgomery County Jail). An untold number of inmates made decisions to follow Christ. 

During the Christmas season over 100 First Baptist members, working with Prison Fellowship, gave Christmas gifts to 110 children of incarcerated parents.

In November, First Baptist hosted an appreciation luncheon for prison chaplains in the River Region and for all Alabama Department of Corrections chaplains. 

The majority of First Baptist volunteers taught inmates in Pathway to Freedom courses, a program designed to empower inmates with Christian discipleship and life skills to advance their success when they return to free communities. A total of 32 inmates graduated from the program (18 women and 14 men) in 2018. First Baptist member Ken Brothers founded Pathway to Freedom. Ken is currently leading efforts to build the Landing Zone; a non-profit entity designed to help inmates transitioning from prison to the free world.

GOALS FOR 2019 & Beyond

FBC PRISON MINISTRIES AIMES TO:  

  • Ensure affirming relationships with prison chaplains in the River Region correctional institutions 
  • Best match our capabilities with existing needs; including partnerships with other ministries 
  • Activate robust recruitment of volunteers (using traditional methods plus stellar website information and social media) 
  • Provide creative and engaging volunteer training (resident & on line)
  • Deepen inmate family support through direct Angel Tree contact and other ministries
  • Advance sponsorship (resources) and mentorship (guidance) for re-entry persons 
  • Increase public awareness and influence systems to advance restorative justice that complements victim advocacy 

PRISON MINISTRY Contacts

Prison Ministry Director

Carl Fisher

Carlton Fisher, D.Min., is our Prison Ministry Director. He retired as a chaplain from the Federal Bureau of Prisons after 20 years of ministry in maximum, medium and minimum-security prisons and retired as a chaplain from the U.S. Army Reserve after 29 years of service, retiring as a Brigadier General and Deputy Chief of Chaplains – U.S. Army Reserve. He earned three bronze stars from two tours to Iraq and one to Afghanistan and is the author of My Brother’s Faith and Where Warrior’s Walk. After retiring from the military, Carl served as the North American Mission Board’s keynote speaker for 2018 chaplain training conferences. He now leads our prison ministry, serves on two community service boards and manages a farm in South GA. He is married to Lisa and they have three children; Hannah, Chloé, and Travis who is in the Army Chaplain Candidate Program and married to Amy. Carl thrives in the “ministry of reconciliation and strives to help “form a more perfect union.”

Phone:(334) 580-0458