Kairos Prison Ministry International

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Kairos Prison Ministry International, Inc. (Kairos) is a lay-led, interdenominational Christian ministry in which men and women volunteers bring Christ's love and forgiveness to prisoners and their families.

The Kairos programs take the participants on a journey that demonstrates the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. Kairos Prison Ministry is Christian in nature, although no religious affiliation is necessary to be a participant.

The programs involve a structured model that includes the weekend experience, followed by guests or participants gathering regularly for accountability, support, and prayer.

One Ministry, Three Programs:

Kairos Inside is a prison ministry with a mission to develop a Christian community on the inside of a prison.

Kairos Outside - Spouses, parents and relatives of those in prison often "do time" right along with their loved ones. Kairos Outside lets them know they are not alone.

Kairos Torch is a mentoring program for incarcerated youth, ages 25 and under.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Kairos Prison Ministry International
100 DeBary Plantation Blvd
DeBary, FL 32713

Website: kairosprisonministry.org

Phone: 407-629-4948

Email: info@kairosprisonministry.org

Organization details

EIN: 591970458

CEO/President: Evelyn Lemly

Chairman: Steve Smith

Board size: 17

Founder: "The Nine Old Men"

Year founded: 2003

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end:

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2012


Vision: A Community spiritually freed from the effects of imprisonment reaching all impacted by incarceration, through the love, hope, and faith found in Jesus Christ.

Mission statement

The mission of the Kairos Prison Ministry is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women and youth, as well as their families, to become loving and productive citizens of their communities.

Statement of faith

We in Kairos believe:

The Bible is God's authoritative and inspired word for our faith and our lives.

In the Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

In the deity, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Friendship with God is a free gift, for God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

The love of Jesus Christ motivates His followers to provide food for the hungry, drink to the thirsty, welcome to the stranger, clothes for the naked and visits to the sick and those in prison.

In sharing the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ with all incarcerated individuals, their families and to those who work with them inside and outside the correctional institution.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Evangelism

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating393 of 89420 of 48
Fund acquisition rating208 of 89411 of 48
Resource allocation rating547 of 89428 of 48
Asset utilization rating513 of 89428 of 48

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$333,208$225,481$282,931
Short-term investments$1,096,325$742,053$224,646
Other current assets$0$0$0
Total current assets$6,276,385$5,599,088$5,007,647
Long-term investments$80,000$0$80,000
Fixed assets$452,321$458,304$452,513
Other long-term assets$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$532,321$458,304$532,513
Total assets$6,808,706$6,057,392$5,540,160
Payables and accrued expenses$145,972$103,831$94,156
Other current liabilities$5,625$8,482$0
Total current liabilities$151,597$112,313$94,156
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0
Total liabilities$151,597$112,313$94,156
Net assets201820172016
Temporarily restricted$200,028$130,737$145,167
Permanently restricted$0$80,000$80,000
Net assets$6,657,109$5,945,079$5,446,004
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$7,029,671$6,688,422$6,576,057
Program service revenue$57,863$42,160$58,590
Membership dues$0$0$0
Investment income$38,447$0$0
Other revenue$0$15,258$18,285
Total other revenue$96,310$57,418$76,875
Total revenue$7,125,981$6,745,840$6,652,932
Program services$5,130,810$4,761,027$4,786,501
Management and general$977,150$1,292,577$1,174,196
Total expenses$6,331,132$6,246,765$6,142,328
Change in net assets201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$794,849$499,075$510,604
Other changes in net assets($82,819)$0$0
Total change in net assets$712,030$499,075$510,604


Compensation data for this ministry has not been collected.

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 5/13/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


The history of Kairos begins with the first three day "short course in Christianity" inside Union Correctional Institution at Raiford, Florida in the fall of 1976. It was called Cursillo in Prison.

By 1978, six states were presenting a Cursillo short course in prisons.

The national Cursillo office determined these Cursillo in Prison ministries should be supervised by a central authority and that their format be modified to more closely align with inmate needs. Cursillo asked the Florida group to design such a program.

The history continues with nine volunteers, who were on the very first weekend - today affectionately referred to as the "Nine Old Men." They redesigned the program and renamed it "Kairos" (Greek for "Gods Special Time").

Kairos Inside - The first "Kairos" Prison Ministry weekend was presented in 1979. Following that first weekend, the Cursillo office directed other areas doing Cursillo in Prison to stop using the Cursillo name and join Kairos. This program is now called Kairos Inside.

Kairos Outside - In 1989 a chaplain at the San Quentin State Correctional Facility in California asked Kairos to create a program that would minister to the female family members of the incarcerated. In April 1990 the second of the Kairos programs, Kairos Outside, held their first weekend in Northern California.

Kairos Torch - The third Kairos program, Kairos Torch, had its first weekend in September of 1997 at a youth facility in Oklahoma. Kairos Torch was developed uniquely to address young people (25 and under) experiencing incarceration through one-to-one volunteer mentoring.

Today Kairos Inside, Kairos Outside, and Kairos Torch are supported by a staff of 12 and have more than 30,000 volunteers donating three (3) million hours of service each year.

Kairos sprang from the Cursillo movement and is supported by volunteers from the 4th Day movements such as Cursillo, National Episcopal Cursillo, Presbyterian Cursillo, Lutheran Via de Cristo, The Upper Room's Walk To Emmaus, and independently ecumenical Tres Dias, as well as volunteers from independent and non-denominational churches.

These volunteers serve in more than 400 correctional institutions and 86 communities in 37 states and 9 countries: Costa Rica, Australia, Canada, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Program accomplishments

500+ prisons and communities served

10 different countries

3 million hours of volunteer service per year

$36 million annual dollar value of volunteer hours