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Our History

Southeastern Correctional Ministry (SCM) is a centrally-governed, interdenominational, volunteer, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, Christian organization dedicated to winning the lost in jail and special institutions and facilities. It was chartered pursuant to the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia and is a member of the American Corrections Association and the Virginia Correctional Association.  

The ministry began in July of 1981 when God spoke to the hearts of Earl Powell Jr. and John D. Williams to conduct a Bible study for inmates at Nansemond Correctional Unit.  From this small but dedicated effort God has continued to anoint this ministry, expanded to 22 institutions with about 135 volunteers serving as Chaplains, Bible teachers, counselors, course graders, literature distributors, audio/visual operators and musicians. Over the years the ministry has declined to the current 16 institutions with about 59 volunteers in July 2016. We feel God is going to do great things in Hampton Roads and surrounding areas through His ministry.

The SCM mission is “To set the captive spiritually free through the gospel of Jesus Christ” and the mission of SCM is to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ in correctional and special institutions and facilities as God provides. 

I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Matthew 25:36Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners.” Hebrews 13:3. “Go and make disciples of all nations… teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19-20.

Many today do not realize that our Lord himself died a convicted felon; that the first person to join Christ in paradise at the crucifixion was a convicted thief; that the Bible reveals how our Lord used men who came out of prison to do great things for the kingdom of God.