||Florida Prison Ministries was formed in 1989 with Frank and Maxine Barton along with Elder Malcolm and Hazel Gordon introducing prison ministry to the Florida Conference. Elder Obed Graham, then Conference President wanted to start a Conference prison ministries organization in Florida.
We setup an advisory committee of numerous individuals that would be a cross representation of ministers and lay members that could help plan and implement the vision that we had to reach God's children behind prison walls and their families/friends with a Bible based prison ministry program containing only Bible truth.
We have found that church members were eager to minister to inmates and their families if they had three things; training, printed materials at a reasonable cost and support from the church/conference.
The Lord has given us a training program that has been so effective that we have grown from having approximately prison ministries programs in six institutions in 1989 to ministering in over eighty-four institutions today, Praise the Lord, with around several hundred workers ministering to several thousand inmates and their families each week in Florida. In the training program that the Lord gave us, we teach what are the qualifications for service, spiritual warfare, anatomy of a setup, the do's and don'ts, ministering in prison, handling emergency situations, and the importance of support programs.
Our training program has been blessed by the Lord that we have successfully taught elderly ladies who thought they were too old to minister in prison.