Continuing the 4 decades of the dynamic legacy of winning souls for Jesus Christ. Following the Commission of Jesus - "to visit those in prison".
Strategic Initiative: Changing the paradigm of prison ministry; to bring God the Father, God the Son and the Holy Spirit to the hearts and minds of the prisoners while changing their lives from behind bars.
Restorative Ministry: Dealing with the spiritual needs of the incarcerated and mentoring with the formerly incarcerated for re-entry back into society through effective Biblically-based programs.
Continuing the Vision by Sharing The Gospel Message: With newly developed Bible-based literature to be placed in the hands of the incarcerated, the formerly incarcerated and the many souls who are thirsting for the redemptive power of the Word of God!
Jesus opens the doors of the incarcerated hearts and your compassionate gift today provides the earthly means to bring a heavenly result!
United Prison Ministries International
Providing the Answer for over four decades
It was in 1980 when UPMI founders were invited to visit a local prison in Alabama. After this visit the Holy Spirit pressed upon their hearts that the inmates were hungering and thirsting to know about Jesus Christ. This began the first delivery of literature by UPMI into the prison of two-hundred copies of Desire of Ages and Steps to Christ delivered to the prison chaplain for the inmates. The prison chaplain was so greatly impressed by these books that he requested one thousand more copies!
A small group was then organized from several local churches. This was the beginning of United Prison Ministries. In just over a year, UPM grew from one to nine prisons per week with 110 volunteers. In 1984, UPM expanded to other states. In 1989, after visiting prisons in Russia, Romania, Ukraine, and Norway and giving thousands of spiritual books throughout, United Prison Ministries became United Prison Ministries International (UPMI). Eventually UPMI reached hundreds of prisons around the world such as Russia, Romania, Ukraine, Africa, India, Canada, France, Indonesia, Philippines, plus many more.
UPMI is currently reaching into over three thousand prisons in all 50 states and has distributed more than 76 million Bibles, Bible lessons, and life changing books free of charge to prisoners around the world. Now, countless prisoners have made a decision for Christ and are keeping His Ten Commandments because of your prayers and giving.
Drs. Roland & Susie Hill, new UPMI President and VP
UPMI welcomes our new representatives, Drs. Roland and Susie Hill. This dynamic team is on fire for the Lord and ready to help guide UPMI through the next 40 years, sharing the Word of God with the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated, children of the incarcerated, and at-risk youth. Join us Today! You are the catalyst that enables UPMI to be the hands and feet ministering to the incarcerated and sharing the Word.
Drs. Roland & Susie Hill are internationally known presenters, authors, and Family Life Educators. Dr. Roland J. Hill served in full-time ministry as a pastor, professor, and Stewardship Director for over 43 years before retiring in 2018. He is a graduate of Oakwood University, Andrews University, and Reformed Theological Seminary (D.Min. - Theo-Economics). Dr. Susie Hill served as an administrator, World Languages Instructor, and University Professor before retiring in 2017. Dr. Susie is a graduate of Andrews University, Southwestern Adventist University, and Texas Woman’s University (Ph.D. - Family Studies).
The answer to Crime is Christ
To provide a Christian work environment and biblically based programs to reduce recidivism and meet the needs of ex-offenders and at-risk youth (children of inmates/ex-offenders). WE GO BY THE BOOK- The Bible. The Bible is the foundation for all doctrine and faith-based Christian principles implemented at UPMI. Our responsibility is to allow the Spirit of God to work through us; to make the Word of God so desirable that all whom we serve might understand true freedom in Christ Jesus.
Approximately 2.2 million men and women are incarcerated in the USA. Hundreds of thousands will be released this year! UPMI will be there to help the incarcerated and the newly released prepare for re-entry with the new 330KP Project. This Project will provide 330,000 incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals the tools to re-enter society as self-reliant, productive, and God-fearing citizens. UPMI, with the assistance of our new representatives, are forging new ground with Bible-based programs to reduce recidivism assuring that our brothers and sisters do not return to a life of hopelessness that ends in crime.
During UPMI’s small group training, inmates are asked to enroll three others into the UPMI Bible study program. Most inmates recruited not only enroll other inmates but also their family and friends. On average inmates enroll many more than three people and this can add up significantly. Each year thousands of Bible studies are given by inmates and volunteers. Many government officials believe that the work of sharing Christ’s love has done more to curb crime than guards, higher prison walls, and increasing financial expenditures.
UPMI's vision is to take its programs worldwide helping as many prisoners as possible find Christ, while helping them transition back into society as positive productive citizens.
Our mission is to provide a link between the church, communities, and families of those incarcerated; to prepare inmates for reentry into society (physically, mentally, and spiritually); to serve at-risk youth and juvenile offenders, ex-offenders and their families; and to reconstruct the whole person with the understanding that the Answer to Crime is Christ.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr. Roland J. Hill, President, Chair
Dr. Susie Hill, Vice President
Carolyn Bland, Co-Founder
Scott Tibbs, Director
Mary Pulliam, Co-Chair
Edward Scott, Jr., Treasurer
Dr. Walton Whaley, Pastor
Natalie Wells -Tibbs, Operations
Nadia Hardin, Accounts
A brief history
UPMI began in 1984, working with 100 churches in the state of Alabama and expanding to all 50 states and eventually becoming an international ministry due to the tremendous support and need.
UPMI provides a link between the community and those incarcerated; to prepare inmates for reentry into society (physically, mentally, and spiritually); to serve at-risk youth, ex-offenders and their families; and to reconstruct the whole person with the understanding that the Answer to Crime is Christ.
UPMI receives thousands of letters yearly with requests for Christian literature that UPMI fulfills with the loving support of people like you.
We will only know the true reach of UPMI's work when we get to heaven.
Pastor Roland, Mike Deason and Dr. Roland Hill
UPMI concentrates its effort to assist other ministries and organizations to meet their goal to follow God's command to 'visit those in prison'. UPMI provides a resource library for organizations to spread the word of God in all 50 states and internationally. UPMI continues to engage the community, church and strengthen the family, by empowering family members of the incarcerated loved ones as well as church members who are driven to be a part of prison ministry.
The answer to crime is Christ
UPMI continues to focus on its objective to share the Gospel message to all who will receive God's word. In addition, UPMI incorporates health, hope, and healing programs because we know that a wholistic approach of ministry to the heart and the is the most effective way reaching people for Christ.
A. Library Resource and Literature Evangelism/Distribution. UPMI's literature is American Correctional Association (ACA) certified.
B. Evangelism Behind Bars Bible Class/Chapel/Revival Services
C. Health, Hope & Healing Community Outreach
D. Ex-Offender Restoration and Training
E. At-Risk Youth Program
Staff & Qualifications:
UPMI is directed by a 12 panel Advisory Board / Board of Directors, UPMI Staff and volunteers (28 in total). All members have 20 to 40 years of mission service and qualifications. All team members that minister within the prisons are PREA certified. The UPMI Board is composed of the following members: President, Vice President, co-Founder, Pastor, CPA, CFO, COO, Accountant, Licensed Financial Officer, Health Director, Publishing & Printing Director, Ex-Offender Program Director, Chaplain and Juvenile offender and at risk youth program Director.
UPMI Board of Directors meet quarterly. UPMI files 990 annually with the IRS. UPMI is a certified charity and a 501(c )3 non-profit self-supporting organization that relies on the loving support of its donors. UPMI prepares monthly and quarterly financial reports demonstrating a high level of fiscal responsibility, transparency, and technical capacity that meets the needs of project beneficiaries, donors and stakeholders.