Wednesday, May 29th

Arrival day

*4:30-5:00 pm         Bus transportation departing from Hampton Inn & Sleep Inn Wake Forest


5:00-6:00 pm          Check-in at Wake Forest Renaissance Centre

6:00-9:00 pm          Burl Bash  at Wake Forest Renaissance Centre


Thursday, May 30th

  • All events at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

*7:15-7:30am          Bus transportation departing from Hampton Inn & Sleep Inn Wake Forest


8:00-9:00 am          Breakfast

9:00-10:00 am        Opening group session

10:00-11:00 am       Breakout session 1

11:00-11:30 am        Networking break

11:30-12:30 pm       Breakout session 2

12:30-1:30 pm         Lunch

1:30-2:30 pm           Breakout session 3

Evening off


Friday, May 31st

  • All events at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

*6:45-7:15 am        Bus transportation departing from Hampton Inn & Sleep Inn Wake Forest


7:30-8:00 am         Breakfast

8:00-9:00 am         Large group session

9:00-10:00 am       Breakout session 4

10:30-11:30 am      Special guest speaker, Ruth Graham; Excellence in Moral Rehabilitation Award

11:30-12:30 pm      Lunch

*12:30-1:00 pm      Bus transportation back to hotels, 1 loop to Raleigh-Durham airport

Session Schedule


Thursday, May 30th

Opening Group Session: Greetings by Dr. Akin (President, SEBTS); Devotional by Renaldo Wynn (Game Plan for Life); Presenter: Judge Tom Kohl (Paid in Full Oregon/GPSF) Ledford Main Floor


Breakout Session 1:

  1. Field Ministry Deployment. (Audience-DOC leadership, chaplaincy, sustainability team) Best practices on how to send out graduates to other units, how sustainability teams need to be a part of deployment to offer continued care to field ministers. Presenters: Vance Drum and Denny Autrey, GPSF; Texas  Ledford Multi-Purpose Room, 2nd floor
  2. Best Practices for Admissions Procedures. (Audience- directors) Will discuss how to select the best students, how to hold character requirements high without violating discrimination laws, how to use rubrics for selection and elimination, and more. Presenters: led by Ben Phillips (SWBTS, Texas); panel to include Craig Long (Trinity, Wisconsin), Michelle Clifton-Soderstrom (North Park, Illinois), and Rick Sharkey (NOBTS, Louisiana Men’s)  Patterson Hall, Room 101


Breakout Session 2:

  1. Innovations in Corrections. (audience-DOC leadership) All aboard the Cain Train! Burl Cain’s unique leadership and why it works. Presenter: Burl Cain (GPSF CEO) Ledford Multi-Purpose Room, 2nd Floor
  2. Fundraising 101. (Audience- sustainability team; school leadership) Will discuss the spirituality of fundraising, relationship building and meaningful follow-up, fundraising events. Presenters: Eric Anderson (GPSF), and Shena Keith (North Park, Illinois), Tom Kohl (Paid in Full, Oregon) Patterson Hall, Room 101
  3. Technology within the Prison Seminary Model. (directors/schools/DOC leadership). Leaders in the corrections technology world will present the ways in which technology can be integrated in the prison academic setting. Presenters: Todd Marshall (Ashland University, Ohio), and ATLO Software (Louisiana) Patterson Hall, Room 107


Breakout Session 3:

  1. Women’s Prison Seminary Programs. (Audience-leadership for women’s programs) Uniqueness of female audience, what outcomes to expect. Presenter: Debi Sharkey (NOBTS, Louisiana Women’s) Patterson Hall, Room 107
  2. Avoiding Entanglement. (Audience- all) Information about running a Christian school within a state institution brought to us by the top legal minds in the religious liberty arena. Presenter: Ray Kaselonis (Alliance Defending Freedom Organization)  Ledford Multi-Purpose Room, 2nd Floor



Friday, May 31st 

Large Group Session: Inmate Pastors/ Authority Issue- Kristi to moderate; featuring former inmate ministers Ron Olivier and George Gilliam  Ledford Main Floor


Breakout Session 4:

  1. Peer Ministry Projects– DREAM! (Audience-directors, DOC leadership)  Survey the ways peer ministers are being used. Examples include inmate-led churches, mental health and faith-based education, inmate-led vocational schools, and much more! Presenter: Assistant Warden James Powers (Texas Corrections, Darrington Prison), Mike Wetzel (NOBTS, Florida), Andre Melvin (CIU, South Carolina), Kristi Miller to moderate  Ledford Multi-Purpose Room, 2nd Floor
  2. Building a Sustainability Team. Connecting the PSM with Business and Politics. (audience- sustainability team) A healthy PSM is more than just paying the bills. Each state needs a team to bring awareness, network, drive the vision, and troubleshoot when needed.  Presenters: Renaldo Wynn (former NFL player, executive director of Gameplan for Life, North Carolina), Wayne Shaw (State Senator, Oklahoma), Calvin Sutphin (Catalyst Ministries, West Virginia), Andrea Shelton (HeartBound Ministries, Georgia) Eric Anderson to moderate  Patterson Hall, Room 101
  3. Importance of Chaplaincy for the PSM. (Audience- chaplains) Use of chaplains for vetting and mentoring and supervision of peer ministers. Onboarding new field ministers. Presenter: Vance Drum (GPSF)  Patterson Hall, Room 107


Excellence in Moral Rehabilitation Award Program:  Ledford Main Floor