God is moving in the Prison Ministry of Sugar Creek
The Prison Ministry at Sugar Creek focuses on one-on-one discipleship/mentoring of men, and women, who are incarcerated in county jails and federal prisons. Sugar Creek members share the Good News and teach inmates the basic disciplines of the Christian life. They share hope and encouragement with men and women that have none.
To learn more about how and where Sugar Creek serves, click on the links below.
If you would like to participate in this ministry, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sugar Creek currently has twenty trained members serving as “mentors” at the Ft. Bend County Jail in Richmond, TX. They are assigned to inmates who have requested a spiritual mentor to help them get their life back on track. These mentors meet with inmates once a week. They encourage them, pray with them and lead them in life-changing bible discussions.
Darrington Maximum Security Prison located in Rosharon, Texas currently houses over 1,800 inmates who have committed crimes ranging from possession of a controlled substance to capital murder. Though locked inside this correctional facility, men are experiencing God’s freedom through the ministry of Sugar Creek.
Sugar Creek shares two programs there with the inmates.
Malachi Dads is an eight month, Tuesday night Bible study for inmate fathers who want to learn how to be effective dads and fathers from prison. Most of these inmates didn’t grow up with a father so they didn’t have a role model to follow when parenting their children.
This study, led by trained men from Sugar Creek and other local churches, teaches these inmate fathers what every child wants and seeks after… their father’s approval. It also teaches them how to speak blessings into their child’s life and give them direction, instruction and love. As a result of this program, children and fathers have been reconciled to each other. Their renewed relationships help break the cycle of children following their parents into prison.
Day With Dad is a two day event in early November where 40 inmate dads are selected to have their children come spend a Saturday with them in the prison. The day before the children visit, the men are taught how to be a good, Godly fathers to their children and how they can bless their children. This is a very emotional time for the children, dads and volunteers. Some children haven’t seen their dad in years. Other children even meet their father for the first time at this event!
Sugar Creek supports the Darrington seminary program financially and through teaching. This is a 4 year undergraduate degree program for qualified Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) inmates. Each year, 40 inmates from across the state of Texas are selected to come to Darrington from approximately 600 applications. Once there, they enter a program taught by the professors of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary from the Dalton Havard branch here in Houston. Members of the Pastoral Staff of Sugar Creek serve as mentors and pastoral teachers at the Darrington Seminary to help the graduates learn how to “pastor” in the units where they will be assigned. Each class of the seminary students are taught the 4 Fields/Three Circles of Gospel training to prepare them to share this method of evangelism and discipleship.
When the inmates graduate, they receive the title of “Field Minister.” Along with 3-4 other graduates, they are transferred to one of the 110 TDCJ units in Texas. They work with Wardens and Chaplains to reach men for Christ and disciple them. Since the first class graduated in 2015, there has been phenomenal success in the units where these men serve.
Recently at Coffield Prison, the largest prison in Texas, Sugar Creek pastors completed a mid-level, 4-fields disciple-making training with 50 multiplying inmate leaders. Since 2015, inmates in the unit have developed five streams of 4th generation disciples, 15 streams of 3rd generation disciples, and a large number of 2nd generation disciples. They also have multiple disciple-making groups that function as a church in 21 of 24 living areas in the prison.
Recently, one of the 4th generation leaders led a correction officer to the Lord. The inmate asked the officer to lay his hand on the leader’s Bible and surrender his life to Jesus. The leader that led the officer to Christ is imprisoned with a life sentence for killing a police officer.
Here is a list of the men at the Coffield unit that have been certified in the 4 Fields/3 Circles Gospel Training as of June 2017. This list continues to grow.
Gospel Conversation Training
4 FIELDS – 3 CIRCLES EVANGELISM
Inmates at the TDCJ Coffield Unit that have completed the 4 Fields Basic Training and 4 Fields Advanced Training
|4 Fields||4 Fields|
|Brandon Authement||Mar. 2014||Jan. 2017|
|David Ludwick||Mar. 2014||Jan. 2017|
|Dustin Ball||Oct. 2016||Jan. 2017|
|Farias Ramiro||Oct. 2016||Jan. 2017|
|Stephen Heard||Oct. 2016||Jan. 2017|
|Anthony Mitchell||Oct. 2016||Jan. 2017|
|Edgard Arrona||Oct. 2016||Jan. 2017|
|Isaiah Roberts||May 2017||Jan. 2017|
|Marvin Arkansas||May 2017|
|Candelario Cerda||May 2017|
|Hector Martinez||May 2017|
|Michael Vidal||May 2017|
|Bradford Sims||May 2017|
|Mark Jackson||May 2017|
|Pete Gonzales||May 2017|
|Terry Speed||May 2017|
|Obie Tutt||May 2017|
|Sean Racca||May 2017|
|Samuel Rivera||May 2017|
|Keydrin Arceneaux||May 2017|
|Adrian Perez||May 2017|
|David Pesquera||May 2017|
|Enrique Cruz||May 2017|
|Justin Upton||May 2017|
|Kenneth Kerr||May 2017|
|Arthur McSwain||May 2017|
|Jason Belcher||May 2017|
|Casper Moore||May 2017|
|Jake McLemore||May 2017|
|Completed 4 Fields Basic||January 2018|
|Arthur Mcswain |
Muhammad Mills Michael Morgan
William Rankin Armando Ruiz Jr.
John David Smith
Lupe Trevino Jeremy Walters Kyle Walters
Michael A. Woolsey William Jennings Jr.