Date of Award

Summer 2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Theological Studies (MTS)


Former prisoners of the US penal system identify dehumanization as one of the most difficult consequences of being incarcerated. Additionally, those on the outside forget that those society choses to imprison for fifteen or more years often become the forgotten within our society. Prison ministry can foster lives of faith within prisons, providing hope and offering the sense of God-given dignity, but it needs to adapt, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented volunteers from conducting Christian faith programs within the prison. Prison ministers, while continuing their mission to visit and evangelize, should provide those incarcerated with the leadership skills needed to establish and foster self-sustainable faith communities that can work from within to restore dignity and provide prisoners with family structures that have the potential to mitigate the feeling of being forgotten.