OCBF Worship
Prison Ministry
The Prison Ministry provides incarcerated men and women at Dawson State prison with encouragement, teaching, and preaching that support healing and spiritual and personal growth. Our goal is to better lives that result in better decisions.

The ministry provides access to resources that foster and support a successful reintegration (re-entry) into society, family, and community upon release. Men and women are encouraged and empowered to break the cycle of incarceration so that their transformed lives could reflect the Kingdom of God. More specifically, we make every effort to:
  • Give inmates a chance at a new life. (Matthew 25:35)
  • Demonstrate practical ways OCBF can make a difference. (Isaiah 61:1)
  • Show that Prison Ministry shouldn’t end inside the walls. (Hebrews 12:1)
  • Employ a checklist for easing the transition back into society. (Deuteronomy 15:7-8)
Prison Ministry volunteers are trained to minister in the areas of evangelism, discipleship/mentoring, correspondence, life skills and family support. These dedicated volunteers are lay preachers, Bible study leaders and devout Christians who are willing to go into the prison walls to minister to the downtrodden, oppressed, and sometimes forgotten individuals of our society. Activities include:
  • Weekly Sunday morning worship services that evangelize and encourage attendees.
  • Weekly Bible studies for discipleship and mentoring.
  • Correspondence to inmates that have questions about spiritual matters.
  • Family Support Services through The Turn•Around Agenda offering social and spiritual assistance to support newly released inmates and their families.
  • Spiritual growth classes to deepen inmates’ relationship with Christ, their families and others.
If you have strong communication skills, love of people, compassion, mercy, and are willing to undergo a criminal background check, then prison ministry is for you. Our volunteers serve once a week on assigned Sundays and Mondays. Location of facility:

Dawson State Jail
106 W Commerce St.
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 744-4422
Our volunteers meet once a month at the Outreach Center from 10am to 12pm. Ministry leaders meet 8:45 to 10:00am prior to the general Outreach Ministry meetings.

Prison Volunteer Application and Training Process
Before you can become an approved prison volunteer, you must submit a Volunteer Application, receive approval from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) and attend the TDCJ Volunteer Orientation.

Go to TDCJ Volunteer Application Submittal and Training Process for step-by-step instructions for completing the volunteer application. Nothing happens quickly in prison ministry! Patience and perseverance pay off.

SERVICES   Sunday 7:50 & 10:50 am | Wednesday 7:00 pm

1808 W. Camp Wisdom Rd. | Dallas, TX 75232 | 214.672.9100

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