UPMI Prison Ministry Director and Chaplain Antonio “Tony” Hall
- Prison Ministry Director and Chaplain – United Prison Ministries International
- First Elder, Maranatha SDA Ch. Montgomery
- Director and founder of “Thexoffender Network LLC”
- Life-time Community Services & Disaster Response Team member
- Chaplain, “Life Time Resolutions (Holistic Center for Women)”
- Chaplain, NEWSTART Celebrations Ministry, Maranatha Church
- Instructor Trainer for the American Red Cross Central AL,
- GPS Trainer for SAFY of Alabama, Therapeutic Foster Care agency.
- Tony served as Chaplain for the State of NY Family Services Division, 1980 – 82,
- United Prison Ministries International, Assistant to the President and Chaplain 1982-2007 and UPMI Team member 1982 to current.
- Co-developer of the “NEWSTART Christian Lifestyle Program”, in the Victor Valley Prison built by the Maranatha Cooperation, Adelanto, CA
- Tony served as co-consultant in the development of Re-Entry initiatives for Ex-Offenders in Russia, Romania, Africa.
- Tony believes, faith in the Word of God is the power to Regenerate Physical, Mental, Social and Spiritual healthy lives.
- Drug Court Committee Member Montgomery County
Tony married the former Geryl F. Jackson of NYC, Dec.31st, 1978 – they enjoy a loving & supportive companionship now more than 30 years. He has a close family relationship with his one son, Amefika (Annalisa), three daughters, Shawnyetta, Zandra and Jewel plus ten grandchildren and four great grands.
The Criminal Justice System, Rehabilitation Programs, and Treatment Facilities have asked for our assistance in reducing the relapse and recidivism rate. After their clients complete their programs successfully, they need us to do the follow-up by providing Mentors trained to use Biblical counsel and understand the holistic therapeutic process.
Our mission is to develop and coordinate outreach centers throughout each State, using the 3 abbreviated stages listed in below:
1st stage Workshops and individual assessments conducted inside the Prisons, Institutions, Organizations and Programs to develop a service plan to meet the need and build on the strength of the client preparing for “Thexoffender Re-entry Program”.
The next two stages; is not conducted in the Prisons and Institutions, but in our Family, Church and Community.
2nd stage Mentors (life-style coach) are trained from the Families and Church memberships to provide an ongoing support systems for the development of positive decisions made by thexoffender. The Church membership is the ideal recruitment market; many experienced spectators are present and would be willing participants, but only with the proper motivation.
3rd stage The trained mentors become the references to the community, (shelter providers, work opportunities, families and others…) in supporting thexoffenders, development of a healthy physical, mental, social and spiritual life-style. After time, experience and example thexoffender becomes a mentor for others and the movement advances.
The Book Distribution is a twofold project to spread the Word of God while providing guidance to ex-offenders after their release. The recidivism rate is greatly reduced when ex-offenders have assistance on the outside. It is a joy to witness a reformed inmate released from the bonds of prison and crime. Yet there is no greater joy than to witness an ex-prisoner on the outside not returning to a life of sin and crime. It is our firm belief that we must all go and spread the Gospel message. We have been blessed to witness some of the most hardened of criminals changed forever by God’s Word.
Men From Common Walks of Life—In this closing work of the gospel there is a vast field to be occupied; and, more than ever before, the work is to enlist helpers from the common people. Both the youth and those older in years will be called from the field, from the vineyard, and from the workshop, and sent forth by the Master to give His message. Many of these have had little opportunity for education; but Christ sees in them qualifications that will enable them to fulfill His purpose. If they put their hearts into the work, and continue to be learners, He will fit them to labor for Him.—Education, 269, 270 (1903).
What is the Book Distribution Project?
The ex-offender has proven to be more driven in reentering society when they have found a purpose and a new life in God.
- This project will provide an opportunity for volunteers and ex-offenders to become self-supporting through distributing the Word of God.
- By offering guidance on how to be self-supporting after an ex-offender is released will greatly reduce the amount of ex-offenders returning to a life of crime or living off of the state.
Q & A
1. Why assist an ex-offender through book distribution
“My heart is a dwelling place of God.” As Jesus said, “…the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28 NIV).
2. Is it important for me to reach out to an ex-offender?
“…It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:31-32 NIV). What’s more, “this righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:22-24 NIV).
3. Does God really want me to invite an ex-offender to my church, assist an ex-offender in finding employment or a halfway house? That seems like a lot to ask of a churchgoer.
“…Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give Me any water for My feet, but she wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing My feet. You did not put oil on My head, but she has poured perfume on My feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven–for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little” (Luke 7:44-47 NIV). (Romans 5:5-8 NIV).