The Support for Prison Ministries Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Del Burkholder has been hired as the new Director, effective January 1, 2015. He will take the place of Nelson Martin, who is retiring after 15 years of directing the prison ministry programs.
Del is licensed for Prison Ministry from his home church at Hinkletown Mennonite. He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute. Since 2002, he has been involved part-time with chaplaincy work in many PA State Prisons through Streams of Life Prison Ministries. Del was employed at the former Cloister Car Washes from 1976 to 2012. He was also on Cloister’s management team for the past 28 years Del and his wife Tammy live in the Ephrata area. He enjoys doing ventriloquism shows as part of his ministry.
Support for Prison Ministries is a growing non-profit ministry that provides chaplains and Christian services to Lancaster County Prison and the Youth Intervention Center. Currently, SFPM has 10 paid chaplains and staff and about 12 regular chaplain volunteers. SFPM raise funds, through an annual benefit auction, to enable various prison ministries to do their work. SFPM also networks with reentry/aftercare programs to aid ex-offenders in their return to society. In addition, SFPM does educational programs and training for local churches and the community.
We look forward to Del Burkholder joining our team. We believe God will use him to continue this local mission to those in prison.
Support for Prison Ministries, with offices in Lititz PA, is a growing inter-denominational ministry that contracts chaplain services to Lancaster County Prison (LCP) and Lancaster County Youth Intervention Center (YIC). Support for Prison Ministries also raises funds and networks with various other prison ministries and does training and educational programs for local churches and community groups.
“Our Friday evenings with the young men at YIC are the highlight of our week,” says one of the team members from an area church. An LCP Chaplain says, “My chaplain ministry is a satisfying experience. Many lives are being changed by the power of God.” Another pastor says, “I enjoy offering second chances to inmates. God has given me many second chances and I want to extend His love and forgiveness to others.”
SFPM is always interested in knowing who has a possible calling or interest for chaplaincy involvements. Pastors and church volunteers can also apply for badges to visit inmates from their congregations or communities. Spiritual advisers are needed for inmates that have no church connections. And a number of aftercare faith-based ministries are in Lancaster County. Some are for men and some are for women. They use volunteers and mentors in their programs.
A. Prayer – We believe this is a foundational value to the success of our programs.
B. Give – With an annual budget of $410,000, about $200,000 is needed in contributions. Gifts come from churches, businesses, and interested individuals.
C. Distribute newsletters, prayer lists and other informative literature about SFPM.
D. Invite resource speakers (SFPM Director, chaplains or ex-inmates) to share at your church mission or community group. SFPM also has a full size 6 X 8’ furnished prison cell that is available for groups to use as an educational tool.
A portion of our income arrives from our annual benefit auction in October. In 2014, our 31st annual benefit auction was held October 24 & 25. It was held at the Ephrata Business Center, 400 W. Main St. Ephrata, PA. Collector items, beautiful quilts and wall hangings, toys, valuable gift certificates, great food and more were sold at the auction.
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