Author Archives: Saints Prison Ministry

A Life Transformed

Written by David Lee, an inmate at Clinton CF, New York

I was truly blessed the day I met the Saints softball team at Greene Correctional Facility in the summer of 2011.  Even though the team put a beating on us that day on the field, I was blessed to be there because that was the day I finally found freedom!  I found that even though I was in prison, I can still be free as long as I believed in the Lord Jesus Christ and have faith in Him.  The Saints showed me the light, opened my eyes, and gave me direction to be closer to our Maker.  Thank you, God!

The Saints have always remembered my birthday, sending a card faithfully every year even when everyone else has forgotten my existence.  They have never forgotten that I am their brother in Christ who is living behind prison walls.  I feel honored and blessed to have met those brothers that day…because of them I am a changed man and I am forever a believer in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Since that day I also achieved my G.E.D. and 38 credits in college.  I achieved an Electrical Trades Certificate and volunteer for the Youth Offender Program, mentoring youthful offenders who are on the wrong path and getting into trouble…but not too serious yet.  I was able to share my experience going down the wrong path and how it landed me behind bars.

I have also met a sweet lady by the name of Norma who is very gentle and caring – she has been a blessing to me.  My life has gotten brighter and better ever since that day in 2011 when I accepted Christ into my life – and I owe it all to the Saints Prison Ministry.  Without them I’d still be searching and trying to find myself.

I expect to be released soon and I want to keep in touch with my Saints brothers and I need everyone to keep me and my friend Norma in your daily prayers.  Now I want to do what the softball players for the Saints do…go around and share the Word of God!

The Bar Has Been Set!

Written by Hugh Dwyer, Missionary-Athlete, New Jersey

The year was 1998.  I remember going to my first practice, I was excited and determined to show the veterans I could play.  It was my first time meeting Dale, Shrop and DC as softball players (we had met previously when I was introduced to the Saints on the basketball court in college) and my first ever meeting of many other teammates, including the gentleman who would become my close friend and roommate on countless Saints crusades, Jeff Marthins.  These were the men I wanted to impress that day.  I had no idea that one afternoon practice I attended for two hours in Moorestown, NJ would turn into so much more.

As the calendar turned to May, practice was over and it was now time to play.  I wish I could recall where we went that first date but being as excited and nervous as I was I am not even sure what state we were in, let alone what facility.  There is no sound quite like the first time you hear the heavy metal gate close behind you!

Throughout my first season I learned a ton – almost all of which did not involve softball.  Our Coach drilled into us the importance of playing well so that we can honor the One we play for and to capture the respect of the men in the yard.  Of course, I was also reminded what my approach should be when I was leading off an inning or how important it is to never make the first or third out at 3rd base.  I also quickly learned being a younger player meant you would be the pinch runner all the time!

The real lessons I learned in that first year and the years following were far more important than leading off an inning or running bases.  The veterans with whom I ministered shared more than ministry – they shared life-altering lessons with me on every trip:

  • Being flexible is the key to prison ministry. God’s plan not ours.
  • Real men pray
  • Real men do cry even in front of other men
  • Being willing is far more important than being skilled
  • Breaking down the walls a person may have is essential to sharing the Good News. Laughter can be one of the best methods of doing this.
  • Your story (testimony) is God’s unique work in your life. It can be the exact story someone needs to hear.  Don’t ever sell your story short.
  • Being single I learned so much from the veterans about being a loving husband and what a true father looks like.

Many years have gone by and the roles have changed.  Now I am one of the veterans and the coach of the New Jersey team.  I miss the men who have come before me and wish they still ministered alongside me.   I cherish the times now when they join us for prayer before we depart for a day of ministry or when they join us for an entire crusade.

They set the standard for being a missionary-athlete; and it now falls on me to ensure the lessons they taught me are passed down to the current missionary-athletes.  They have run the race with faithfulness and now my charge is to run and ensure I pass the baton faithfully as well.

That is all they would ask of me.


We’re hiring!

Saints Prison Ministry is seeking one part-time staff member to join our team in serving the Lord through our work in prisons throughout the US. The candidate will work out of SPM’s Hainesport, NJ office during typical business hours.

For more information, email Frank Zeidler, Executive Director, at [email protected]

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Praise the Lord with us!

For the first time in three years, all seven our Saints Softball teams are active! From now until the end of September we have teams visiting prisons every weekend. Thank the Lord for re-opening doors for us!