Baptisms Behind Bars

The county jail may not be the typical place for an altar call, but this weekend dozens of inmates in the Calhoun County Jail received the sacrament of baptism from local pastors and the jail’s full-time chaplain. Richard Green says he has been holding these baptismal services at least once every three months since he became jail chaplain in 2009. During that time, he says he has seen changes in the lives of the inmates who come to his services. Green says local churches provide programs for inmates who are looking for ways to change their lives once they have finished serving their time in jail. And unlike most pastors, he is happy to lose members of his flock.


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