History

 

The idea for The Saints Prison Ministry came about in 1982, when God burdened 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, the ministry was birthed in 1987. Forming an all-Christian softball team, leadership contacted 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 five men’s softball teams, a soccer team, a basketball team, and two women’s teams – softball in the Southeast Region and volleyball in the Northeast Region. Our National Headquarters is located in New Jersey, as well as a regional office in Georgia, and a branch in Illinois.

Since 1987, The Saints have played more than 4,500 games in 465 different prisons in 33 states and Canada. During that time, over 34,000 prisoners have made professions of faith in Jesus Christ.

 

Announcements

WAY TO GO JIM

We are excited to share that our own James Jefferson, a 17-year veteran of the NJ Softball team, was recently recognized for his outstanding service to the community.  JJ was awarded the President’s Game Changer Award by the Gloucester County NAACP, the highest award presented at the annual Game Changers gala!  Congratulations, JJ – we’re glad others recognize what we already know about you; God is working through you to change lives, inside or outside prison walls!

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Did you know that your old vehicle can help us?

You can make a lasting impact on an inmate’s life by donating your used car to The Saints Prison Ministry. It doesn’t matter how old it is, what shape it is in, or even if it runs – we want your car!

For more information, email us at [email protected]