Dear Friends in Ministry,

My prayer for all is that this Christmas season will remind us of the goodness of our Heavenly Father, the faithfulness of His Son, and the comfort of the Holy Spirit. Also, may God lead us into the next year renewed and refreshed that we may follow Him who works all things together for our good.

Thank you for you support of prayer and donations this last year. With your help, we have been able to minister to many people with practical and spiritual help so that they can move from incarceration to rehabilitation.

I wanted to let you know that we have completed our update for our 2016 Re-Entry Resource Directory and are now planning a networking luncheon with at least 40 organizations that work in correctional ministry. This luncheon will be in late January or early February. Date, time and place will be determined soon so please keep a look out for an invitation.

Also, I wanted to let you know that the PRO Mentors organization that works under Re-Entry Prison and Jail Ministry, is expanding their Christian Reentry Program in North County at the Vista Detention Facility.  They are also adding a second class at East Mesa Reentry Facility.  New classes begin in January.

They are offering training and orientation for potential mentors on Saturday morning, January 23, 2016 at St. Michael's by-the-Sea in Carlsbad.  Please see and distribute the attached flyer or call Ben Conarroe at 619-466-3177 for more information.  Potential mentors can register at

Chaplain Art Lyons. D.Min.

Re-Entry Prison and Jail Ministry

P.O. Box 620

Chula Vista, CA 91912

(619) 421-6263

Sometimes Ministry Is Easy - Sometimes Not So Much

It was a Friday when Patty called me with urgency in her voice. "You have to talk to my brother now!" You see she had been praying for her brother for years to give his life to Christ. Her brother Dennis was a meth addict with numerous run-ins with the law because of his drug use. She told me that Dennis had just told her he was ready to give his live to Christ, and more than that, he wanted to talk to someone now. Patty didn't feel like that she could lead someone into salvation so she called me.


Unfortunately, my life was booked that evening and through the weekend with similar ministry opportunities. The first opportunity I had to speak with him would be Monday afternoon. Reluctantly, she said she would set up the appointment and we ended the phone call. I was left wondering if I should have moved other appointments to meet this ministry need but the Holy Spirit whispered to my mind to wait for Monday.


I had never met Dennis so as I drove to the house where we were to meet at 2pm, I was a little nervous as what would happen next. When I entered the living room, I found a man who sitting on a couch waiting for me. After a few minutes of introduction I asked Dennis if he knew why his sister had asked me to come and what he was hoping would take place this afternoon. He told me he had been up for four days waiting for an opportunity to turn his life over to God. To this day, this was by far the easiest experience I ever had in leading someone to salvation in Christ Jesus.


After praying with Dennis and ministering to him about the new life he would now begin to live, he suddenly left the room. After a few moments, he turns with a file box in his hands. As Dennis was sitting down he says"I guess i need to take care of these now don't I?" Inside the box were many traffic violations and notices of warrants organized by type of infraction and date. I responded that if he decided to begin to deal with these that God would be with him and I would be happy to support him by attending court with him.


During the next few weeks Dennis quickly embraced the Scriptures and matured in Christ. Over the next few months Dennis walked through the court processes and God was faithful to help him do what he had to do to get things right with the legal system. I was blessed to disciple Dennis for a couple years. During that time God began to put a call on his life to become a pastor. Within the next couple years, Dennis pursued the call and eventually started a church in Nebraska.


Thank you for supporting Re-Entry Prison and Ministry. Your support through the years has given me the opportunity to minister to people whose lives have been affected by incarceration.


Chaplain Art

Another Pro Mentors Training right around the corner. Check it out!

From the Gate of the Jail to the Door of the Church
PRO Mentors is a Christian mentoring program for prisoners released in San Diego County. We have an immediate need for Christian men who will commit to mentoring a prisoner, first while he is incarcerated at East Mesa Reentry Facility (EMRF), then for at least six months after he is released. Time commitment is 1-3 hours per week and will probably last about a year.

Saturday, January 3, 2015
9:30 12:30 p.m.
Canyon Community Church 610 Paseo Del Rey Chula Vista, CA 91910
No charge, but Space is Limited
RSVP by Noon, January 2, 2015
Part of Re-Entry Prison and Jail Ministry
Ben Conarroe / PRO Mentors
PO Box 84743
San Diego, CA 92138
Phone: 619-466-3177


For more information, Contact Ben Conarroe at

July 16, 2014

Dear Friends in Ministry,


I am pleased to let you know that we have an updated 2014 San Diego Re-Entry Resource Directory available for a suggested $5 per copy. You can send a check made out to RPJM at:


Re-Entry Prison and Jail Ministry

PO Box 620

Chula Vista, CA 91912


Please write in the memo on your check “RPJM Directory” Thank you.


As we are all experiencing, these last few years have been pretty lean concerning our economy and we have lost several contributors due to this. Please pray and consider supporting RPJM on a monthly basis or at least a one-time annual donation. Your donations allow us to pay the bills to keep RPJM going, send out free re-entry directories to inmates, and also help us pay for the bible correspondence courses we send out to inmates across the nation.   My sincere thanks and appreciation to all who have contributed to RPJM over the course of 34 years (yes 34 years!)


Thank you. You have impacted innumerable people whose lives have been affected by incarceration.


Below are some correctional ministry opportunities here in San Diego.


Pro Mentors Prison Ministry – East Mesa Re-Entry Program

We are looking for someone who could participate inside East Mesa with us.  He would need to be available on Monday afternoons and Saturday mornings.  He would help teach the reentry class inside (two Mondays a month) and introduce mentors to PROs during visiting times (primarily Saturday mornings).  If he is already cleared through the Chaplain's Programs, he wouldn't need to be cleared again, but would have to limit his "inside" ministry to class at East Mesa.  If you know anyone who might fit this profile, please let me know.


For more information, Contact Ben Conarroe at


Shadow Mountain Prison Ministry

Juvenile Hall, Kearny Mesa - Open House - September 20, 2014

Here is a chance to see Juvenile Hall from the inside. If you are at all interested in ministering 

in the juvenile hall system in San Diego, we encourage you to take this tour.


The KMJDF Open House will be on Saturday September 20, 2014.  If you have any questions please let me know.    


Thank you,

Lupe Lopez

Training Officer

Kearny Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility (K M J D F)

2801 Meadowlark Drive, San Diego, CA   92123

Desk:  858.  541.  5228 / Main:  858.  694.  4500  

Mail  Stop: H – 2


Also, for more information on getting involved with Juvenile Correctional Ministry with Shadow Mountain Prison Ministry, contact Tom Heyer at


Recovery Team Forming – Truth Frees Us Prison Ministry

Volunteers are stepping up to facilitate 12-step recovery groups inside the Vista Detention Center as well as outside for those in reentry. We have a HUGE opportunity here to help men get free from addictions and get their lives and families back through the healing power of God's grace. We especially need men who know the Lord and have personal experience in 12-step programs. Please help get the word out. Contact Linda at for more information.


Additional Service Opportunities:

Clothing for men in reentry/recovery: We are asking for donations of clothing for men, especially in the larger sizes 4X & 5X. Bring donations to our next volunteer meeting on Saturday, August 2nd, 5th grade room of main campus.

Child Care assistance for volunteers: There are men and women who would like to volunteer, but need someone to look after their young children for a few hours while they serve. If you are in either of these categories, please contact us.

Ride share to Norco: We have a woman from the congregation who could use help with her first prison visit. If you've been there, you know it can be daunting. Contact us if you can be of assistance.


Thank you. Together we are ministering to people whose lives are affected by incarceration.




Chaplain Art Lyons