History

 

The idea for The Saints Prison Ministry came about in 1982, when God burdened Dale Glading, our ministry’s founder, with a desire to combine his love for Christ and his love for sports for the purpose of reaching the lost.

After thinking and praying about the idea for several years, Glading finally decided to act in 1987. Forming an all-Christian softball team, he was led to contact several area prison chaplains and recreation directors to schedule games. The first game played by the team, originally named The South Jersey Saints, was on June 6, 1987. That day, eight prisoners accepted Christ as Savior at the Bayside State Prison in Leesburg, NJ.

The Saints softball team played just five games that first season, but more than doubled its schedule the following year. A men’s volleyball team was also formed and visited correctional institutions for three years. In 1989, our basketball team was formed and soon supplanted the volleyball squad in popularity and effectiveness. In 2002, the Saints added a soccer team for the purpose of reaching Spanish-speaking inmates. Women’s volleyball followed shortly thereafter, and in 2010 the Saints expanded regionally by opening a Southeastern regional office in the Atlanta area. Most recently in 2012, Illinois was added to the family as a softball team was launched in the Peoria area.

Today, we operate six men’s softball teams, two soccer teams, two basketball teams and two women’s teams – softball in the Southeast Region and volleyball in the Northeast Region. Our World Headquarters is located in New Jersey, with branch offices in Georgia, Virginia and Colorado.

Since 1987, The Saints have played more than 3,950 games in 440 different prisons in 33 states and Canada. During that time, over 29,000 prisoners have made professions of faith in Jesus Christ.

 

Announcements

We’re Still Working!

I have a hard time defining what we do as “work”.  Yes, we are laboring and completing tasks, but when it is a passion and a calling the word “work” seems inadequate.

Let’s say instead that our entire staff is still hard at the process of preparing for the 2020 summer season.  Following the Lord’s leading, we have been very proactive in staying in touch with prisons, rescheduling events before they become a problem, and monitoring our finances closely.

We have rescheduled the opening of our 2020 softball season for June 6, five weeks later than previously planned, but all the prisons appreciated that we contacted them – they are anxious to have us back and we now have committed dates into October, providing the restrictions and precautions allow it.

Our teams are equally excited about getting back to the mission of introducing inmates to Jesus and we have been actively preparing for softball crusade season to resume in July (remember we conducted one in March before things fell apart).  We have three teams slated for July crusades and they are all completely booked with prisons chomping at the bit to get back to some sense of normalcy!

My request is that you continue to pray for the Saints Prison Ministry’s leadership; we are laser-focused on what God has for us, and we have seen validation in the last couple months that we appear to be walking the path that the Lord is leading.  Pray that we continue to see His hand in our decisions, as well as praying for those inmates we will [eventually] be called to love……face-to-six-feet-away-face!

Serving Him gladly,

 

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