Just the beginning

Graduates of the Southwestern Seminary at Darrington prison unite arm and arm in prayer after graduation before being commissioned and sent out to their new places of service — in other prisons across Texas.

Privately funded through The Heart of Texas Foundation, the Southwestern Seminary at Darrington is now poised for its third graduation on May 8, 2017. Sixty-Six men graduated in the first two graduations (33 in 2015 and 33 in 2016) and are now serving as Field Ministers in 13 of the 95 men’s prisons throughout the state of Texas in teams of four or more under the prison chaplain. The goal is to provide a team of Field Ministers to every men’s prison throughout the state of Texas. These teams of Field ministers are providing a presence in the Texas prison system that has never existed, 24 hours per day year-round through their service and leadership peer-to-peer, preaching sermons, leading Bible study, serving in hospice, visiting administrative segregation, welcoming the chain-bus, offering hope and support, and helping their fellow inmates prepare for life on the outside.

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