Helping our inmates on the inside so they can live on the outside.
Your last ten years were spent inside prison walls. Today, you’re free. Now what?
“Now what” is the part we handle.
Sooner or later, 95% of our 2.3 million incarcerated men and women will be released from corrections.
While the crimes that led them to their imprisonment may vary, this 95% will share in their journey of reintegration back into the community. And despite wanting to get their lives back on track, the journey for these citizens is often intimidating, most definitely hard work, and rarely without challenges. Which is why they need our support.
It’s unfortunate that in our culture, people tend to be defined by their past mistakes. But not here! We realize a person is more than a bad decision, and work tirelessly with individuals to ensure their return home from jail or prison is a permanent one.
We’re Talking Reentry!
We provide an array of services both in and outside of the walls of confinement to help with individuals transition back into our community.
95% of our 2.3 million incarcerated men and women are being released. For some, it’s been short. For others, they’re walking into a world they aren’t familiar with. They want to start over, but don’t know how. It’s intimidating. The world is scary. And in this great big scary world, they need somewhere to live, to work, and have a desire to get their lives back on track.
But who are they turning to? Who’s reaching out and giving them the support and counsel they need?
We often turn our backs and let their past mistake determine who they are for the rest of their life.
But not here. In order for these men and women to get back on track, the process starts on the inside of jail or prison, so when they return home, they can live again on the outside.
We call this Reentry and we’re making huge efforts to push this program to new heights. Not only in Guildford County, but the state of North Carolina.
We call this Reentry.
And we’re making huge efforts to push this program to new heights—not only in Guildford County—but the state of North Carolina.
The only difference between many of us and an inmate, is that the inmate got caught.
Again, we don’t judge. We’re called to care for the forgotten and give them the tools they need to be successful and upstanding citizens in our communities. No one is beyond God’s reach, and where there is hope, transformation and change can happen. We’ve seen it time and again, and it’s the reason we’re champions for the Reentry program. We train and inspire churches and communities to help us support the healing and helping of those affected by being in jail or prison.
Approached by Chaplain Buford Smith of the Greensboro Jail, our founder, Reverend George B. Brice, was driven to make a difference in the lives of the forgotten. Taking up his weapons—a pen, a notepad, and his Bible—Chaplain Brice wore his armor into battle and built our foundation by praying with inmates and reading scripture. His faith over few lead us to become the High Point Jail Ministry.
Chaplain Brice followed his vision…
And drove it into the hearts of local churches to build the body that would become our volunteer base. His work caught on. Approached in 1991 by a group of individuals, the beginning of our board took shape, creating a support system that would protect and guide Chaplain Brice’s vision for the High Point Jail Ministry.
His pursuit in saving the souls of inmates lead Chaplain Brice to his retirement. With his torch still ablaze, it passed onto the newly named chaplain, Joyce Setchfield, his faithful assistant. Taking up her own armor, Chaplain Joyce grew the ministry with the addition of a library—promoting literacy among our inmates—along with GED, AA, and NA classes that would continue to create a culture of God’s love.
25 years later Chaplain Brice’s torch is still being carried with Chaplain Edward “Gene” Williams. With his inspired focus on Reentry, community, and families, our goals have become even more clear. Chaplain Gene’s commitment to our excellence, culture, volunteers, and our evolving brand, the High Point Jail Ministry continues to grow in epic proportions with our hearts set on doing God’s work.
Saving lost souls and changing lives in our jail and prison systems. You can imagine how much physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional effort this takes. But we don’t get this done on our own. You’ve helped us these past 25 years with your time, your prayers, your words of encouragement, and your donations. We’ve grown because of you. And if you’d like to continue helping us in our growth and be a part of our legacy in Guilford County, please donate and strengthen our cause.
Our team is small, but we are composed of seasoned experts more than capable of taking Chaplain Brice’s torch to new heights.
As an educator Rev. Williams, was an adjunct professor for the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate Social Work Program and Geneva College’s Bible Department and Adult Degree Completion Program, and recently as an adjunct professor for Laurel University, here in NC.
Rev. Williams also served as a Regional Director for the nationally-recognized Prison Fellowship Ministries, laboring alongside the late Charles Colson.
Rev. Williams has been married to Valarie, his college sweet-heart, for 32 years and they have two adult sons.
Tonya attended the University of
North Carolina At Wilmington where she received her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and minored in Psychology. She currently resides in High Point NC, with her husband David.