Good News Jail and Prison Ministry

Summary

Good News Jail & Prison Ministry ("Good News") is a nonprofit entity which provides trained, ordained chaplains in jails and prisons to serve and meet the spiritual needs of inmates and correctional staff and their families. The ministry was established in 1961 by Dr. William L. Simmer and has chaplains ministering throughout the United States, in 25 international countries and one US territory.

Good News chaplains also reach out to meet the spiritual needs of the correctional staff in the facilities in which they serve. Good News accepts no local, state or federal funds and is supported by churches and individuals interested in partnering in the work of the Gospel. A Good News chaplain is responsible for providing pastoral care for inmates and correctional staff. The work includes preaching, counseling, teaching, administering the Bible Correspondence Course and training and working closely with volunteers who give of their time to minister inside the jails and prisons.

This organization is a registered 501(c)3 organization. Contributions are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).


Contact information

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 9760
Henrico, VA 23228-0760

Website: www.goodnewsjail.org

Phone: (804) 553-4090

Email: info@goodnewsjail.org


Organization details

EIN: 540703077

CEO/President: Mr. Jon Evans

Chairman: Mr. Don Patterson

Board size: 13

Founder: Dr. William L. Simmer

Year founded: 1961

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1981


Purpose

Good News Jail & Prison Ministry ("Good News") is a nonprofit entity which provides Christian chaplains in jails and prisons to serve and meet the spiritual needs of inmates and correctional staff and their families.

The ministry was established in 1961 by Dr. William L. Simmer and has chaplains ministering throughout the United States, in 25 international countries and one US territory. Good News chaplains also reach out to meet the spiritual needs of the correctional staff in the facilities in which they serve.

Good News accepts no local, state or federal funds and is supported by churches and individuals interested in prison ministry.

A Good News chaplain is responsible for preaching, counseling, teaching, administering the Bible Correspondence Course and training and working closely with lay people who volunteer their time inside the jails and prisons. The chaplain's ministry is a hands-on pastoral ministry; the inmates are his congregation - the jail or prison, his pulpit.

This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).


Mission statement

Our Vision: To reach every inmate in the world with the Good News of Jesus Christ that they might become growing disciples

The work of Good News Jail & Prison Ministry is to plant and build the church of Jesus Christ around the world. Our work takes us to places most would never consider - jails and prisons - where we are seeing God do amazing things in the hearts and lives of men, women and children behind bars.

Our Mission: To place Christian chaplains in jails and prisons to minister to the spiritual needs of inmates and staff

We believe the most effective tool for ministering to the needs of inmates and staff is the daily presence of a chaplain. The chaplain serves as evangelist, pastor, counselor, mentor and friend to those who are incarcerated and the staff who guard and protect them.

Our Purpose: To be used of the Lord in correctional facilities for:

  1. Effective Evangelism - sharing the clear message of the Gospel
  2. Biblical Discipleship - equipping believers to be devoted followers of Christ
  3. Church Mobilization - challenging the church and community to partner in ministry to meet the needs of inmates
  4. Our programs and resources provide avenues for the community to participate as:
    • a. Volunteers
    • b. Financial Partners
    • c. Mentors
    • d. Re-entry Advocates

Statement of faith

The following is Good News Jail & Prison Ministry's Statement of Faith:

The Scriptures: We believe that "all Scripture is given by inspiration of God," by which we understand that the whole Bible is inspired in that holy men of God were "moved by the Holy Spirit" to write the very words of God. We believe that this divine inspiration extends equally to all parts of the writings as they appeared in the original manuscripts.

The Godhead: We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three persons - The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit - and that these three are one God; co-equal and co-existent.

Man: We believe that man was originally created in innocency and that he fell through sin and, as a consequence of his sin, lost his spiritual life, become dead in trespass and sins.

Christ's Advent: We believe that the eternal Son of God came into this world that he might manifest God to men, fulfill prophecy, and become the Redeemer of a lost world. He was born of a virgin, conceived by the Holy Spirit, received human body, and a sinless human nature.

Salvation: We believe that, owing to death through sin, no one can enter the Kingdom of God unless born again. This redemption has been accomplished solely by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who was made to be sin, dying in our stead, and that He was bodily and physically raised from the dead for our justification. We believe that the new birth of the believer is an act of God the Spirit and comes only through individual faith in Christ.

The Holy Spirit: We believe that the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the blessed Trinity, though omnipresent from all eternity, indwells every believer since the day of Pentecost, and by His baptism unites all of Christ's own into one body. He is the source of all power and all acceptable worship and service.

The Church: We believe that God has ordained that through the local church the Gospel of Jesus Christ is to be spread and that it is the duty of everyone who is born again to seek out a local fellowship for the furtherance of the Gospel and his own edification.

We believe in the literal resurrection of the body, the everlasting blessedness of the saved and the everlasting punishment of the lost. We believe that the supreme mission of God's people in this age is to preach the Gospel to every creature, and we believe in the second coming of Christ according to the Scriptures.

Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Christian Growth

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating47 of 4302 of 46
Fund acquisition rating118 of 43014 of 46
Resource allocation rating134 of 43011 of 46
Asset utilization rating14 of 4301 of 46

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%4%5%4%4%5%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%4%5%4%4%5%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%100%100%99%99%100%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%4%5%4%4%5%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%0%0%1%1%0%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
83%86%84%84%83%83%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%98%100%93%98%94%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%85%84%78%82%78%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%2%0%7%2%6%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%4376%-4%-420%-24%-56%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%10%11%12%12%12%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.3213.8110.797.368.285.21
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.531.021.021.021.032.27
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.5314.0310.977.498.5111.83
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.093.431.751.721.300.57
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.290.570.580.771.75
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.070.610.470.670.33-0.76
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%99%117%113%178%159%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%17%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
63%0%-2%-2%-9%-11%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20172016201520142013
Cash$428,254$466,936$666,809$659,571$461,094
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$88,370$107,652$136,847$94,625$104,682
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$5,297$90,754$85,363$24,132$18,132
Total current assets$521,921$665,342$889,019$778,328$583,908
Long-term investments$3,973$3,397$3,397$3,397$3,397
Fixed assets$4,144$7,807$12,948$18,089$737,572
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$8,117$11,204$16,345$21,486$740,969
Total assets$530,038$676,546$905,364$799,814$1,324,877
 
Liabilities20172016201520142013
Payables and accrued expenses$144,917$367,996$489,193$531,303$368,617
Other current liabilities$7,417$11,667$26,800$66,024$654,398
Total current liabilities$152,334$379,663$515,993$597,327$1,023,015
Debt$0$0$0$0$219,838
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$375,000$412,500$510,000$829,782$860,523
Total long-term liabilities$375,000$412,500$510,000$829,782$1,080,361
Total liabilities$527,334$792,163$1,025,993$1,427,109$2,103,376
 
Net assets20172016201520142013
Unrestricted($523,091)($568,029)($542,599)($1,924,236)($2,048,882)
Temporarily restricted$491,795$452,412$421,970$389,029$362,471
Permanently restricted$34,000$0$0$907,912$907,912
Net assets$2,704($115,617)($120,629)($627,295)($778,499)
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20172016201520142013
Total contributions$7,438,898$7,302,830$7,096,576$6,726,697$7,337,508
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$0$45$602$311
Other revenue$1,719$3,045$71,687$50,324$3,517
Total other revenue$1,719$3,045$71,732$50,926$3,828
Total revenue$7,440,617$7,305,875$7,168,308$6,777,623$7,341,336
 
Expenses20172016201520142013
Program services$6,295,307$6,139,263$5,590,051$5,528,969$5,733,712
Management and general$730,645$771,495$791,518$810,626$794,386
Fundraising$296,344$390,105$280,073$286,824$377,152
Total expenses$7,322,296$7,300,863$6,661,642$6,626,419$6,905,250
 
Change in net assets20172016201520142013
Surplus (deficit)$118,321$5,012$506,666$151,204$436,086
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$118,321$5,012$506,666$151,204$436,086

Response from ministry

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History

In 1961, correctional chaplaincy was the exclusive province of the federal and state prison systems. A local jail might have a pastor or pastors volunteering to come in on Sunday, but an on-site chaplain was basically non existent.

A young Bible college student in Washington, DC changed all that in 1961. Dr. William L. Simmer's vision of placing evangelical, Christian chaplains in local jails to minister to inmates became reality with the founding of Good News Mission (now Good News Jail & Prison Ministry) and the placement of the ministry's first chaplain in the Fairfax County, Virginia jail.

In 1983, Dr. Simmer passed the mantle of leadership to Harry L. Greene, his "son in the faith." Harry had trusted Christ in 1964 in the Arlington County, Virginia jail under the ministry of Dr. Simmer and upon his release from prison had gone on to have a highly successful business career while staying deeply involved with Dr. Simmer and Good News. During Mr. Greene's tenure as President, the ministry grew from 30 chaplains to over 400 today. Mr. Greene continued in the position of President until his retirement in June 2012.

In September 2013, Mr. Jon Evans became the 3rd President of Good News Jail & Prison Ministry. Jon came to Good News after serving as a volunteer in Anne Arundel County, MD as well as 6 years as a member of the Good News Jail & Prison Ministry Board of Directors. With an M. Div and Th.M. from Capital Bible Seminary, Jon returned to career ministry after 16 years of executive leadership in the Defense industry.

Good News Jail & Prison Ministry provides over 78 staff chaplains, serving more than 90 institutions in 22 states and 323 staff chaplains in the countries of Bolivia, Burendi, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malawi, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, Russia-Krasnoyarsk, Russia-Tyumen, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Ukraine, Venezuela, Zambia, and America Samoa - with other nations requesting their immediate assistance.


Program accomplishments

Good News Jail & Prison Ministry has reported the following accomplishments:

  • Good News now has more than 400 Chaplains serving in jails and prisons in the United States and overseas.
  • They currently support Chaplains in Bolivia, Burendi, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malawi, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, Russia-Krasnoyarsk, Russia-Tyumen, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Ukraine, Venezuela, Zambia, and America Samoa - with other nations requesting their immediate assistance.
  • Requests for Good News Chaplains are currently at an all-time high, with their Ministry Development staff working on numerous opportunities to place Chaplains in institutions throughout the United States.
  • The Good News web site, www.goodnewsjail.org, provides regular updates on Chaplains, along with current news on how Good News Jail & Prison Ministry is expanding its vision both at home and abroad.

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