In November 2018, Crossings was recognized with the Department of Corrections (DOC) Volunteer Organization of the Year award. Pastor of Prison Ministry and Crossings Community Center Director, Jeremiah Braudrick, accepted the award on behalf of Crossings volunteers who give of their time and resources each week at Crossings Joseph Harp.
“The faithful men and women from Crossings who have been leading Bible studies behind bars for years helped us solidify an incredible relationship with the Oklahoma DOC. Their consistency, professionalism, and heart for the men incarcerated at Joseph Harp Correctional Center have impacted not only current inmates, but have created a legacy which will benefit future inmates. It’s a great ministry and I am thankful from the bottom of my heart!” -Jeremiah Braudrick, Pastor of Prison Ministry & Crossings Community Center Director
Through the willingness and openness of Joseph Harp Correctional Center and the generosity of Crossings members, the Global Leadership Summit has been offered to inmates and more than $15,000 of audio and video equipment has been donated and implemented to benefit the men at Crossings Joseph Harp. This equipment includes a projector, screen, and sound system for the visitation room.
Those at Joseph Harp Correctional Center can now host church meetings using the equipment and conduct trainings for inmates and staff. Additionally, the mental health units are able to broadcast church and other programming on new TVs in those areas.
Each week, over 90 volunteers serve and connect with inmates at Joseph Harp by providing live worship, prayer, counseling, mentorship, discipleship, and other services. Beyond the walls of Joseph Harp, volunteers and members have welcomed inmates into the church after they are released. “The impact has been nothing short of tremendous,” Oklahoma City DOC said. “We thank Crossings for making Joseph Harp Correctional Center part of its family.”
As we continue in ministry in 2019, there are a number of ways you can get involved with Crossings Joseph Harp:
- Become a volunteer. A number of opportunities are available–simply visit crossings.church/joseph-harp to learn more & apply!
- Pray. Pray for those incarcerated at Joseph Harp Correctional Center as well as the volunteers and staff members who serve them. Pray for our church family to be engaged with this ministry and to be a voice of hope to those they encounter both inside and outside the walls of the prison.
You can learn more about Crossings Joseph Harp, read other stories and highlights, and explore volunteer opportunities at crossings.church/joseph-harp.