WILKES PRISON MINISTRY
The Chaplain is community funded and works under the direct guidance of the Superintendent of the Wilkes Correctional Center
Facility as well as the Program Director. He is also under the general direction of the Wilkes Prison Ministry which funds the position. The Chaplain has considerable flexibility in developing the religious program as long as he stays within the confines of the rules and policies of the Superintendent of the facility and the North Carolina Department of Corrections.
He is the pastor of the prison church. Like pastors of large churches, the Chaplain may be busy overseeing programs and have little time to minister to individual needs. That is one reason the Chaplain values volunteers who work directly with inmates. Keep in mind that the Chaplain works in a public institution. If non-Christian groups, such as Muslims, want their own worship services, the Chaplain must open the door for them just as he has opened doors for Prison Fellowship, TAN and/or other Christian ministries.
Usually the Chaplain has more requests from religious services than available time and space will allow. Remember that other groups must be given as much consideration as your group. The Chaplain must be fair to all requests. The Chaplain is your host when you are in the prison. Always show respect and courtesy.