About Us:

Pastors to Prisoners Mission Statement
Pastors to Prisoners is a California non-profit organization providing ongoing financial support to ordained or licensed ministers uniquely burdened and willing to work with the incarcerated as full-time volunteer yard pastors under the direction of state chaplains in prison facilities. The goal for inmates is spirtual freedom in prison and success in society.

We believe it is not enough simply to incarcerate lawbreakers. Punishment must include an opportunity for rehabilitation in order to limit the prison population and give offenders an opportunity to make a positive contribution to society. Lasting change comes from the inside out, through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Public monies provide only one Protestant Chaplain per institution to serve upwards of 4000+ inmates on several "yards" within each prision.

A Yard Pastor's Mission
Yard Pastors, under the direction of the institutional Protestant Chaplain, strive to accomplish the following:

  • Provide an non-institutional resource for men interested in changing their lives, maintaining the Chapel open for Bible Studies, worship services and counseling throuout the day and evening.
  • Meet and know the men where they are and be available for counseling on a daily basis.
  • Act as a Christian role model - often the first one a non-churched inmate has ever had.
  • Reinforce the fact that there are people who care about the inmates as individuals and want to see them succeed.
  • Function in a "punishment" setting, but do not punish.
  • Provide guidance as to how inmates, once released, can learn to make the choices that will change the life situation that landed them in prison.

Our Organization


Yard Pastors

Spanish Coordinator

Rev. Jack Oien

Founder, Board Chairman & Yard Pastor

Rev. Jorge Molina

Dr. Roger Ziegler

Rev. Mike Bonner

RJ Donovan Correctional Facility Yard Pastors

Mr. Chris McKellar


Rev. Elena Hernandez

RJ Donovan Correctional Facility Spanish Services Coord.

Rev. C. M. “Buzz” Brewer

Chaplain CDCR, Retired

Vice President

Rev. Clyde Huff

Pastor Michael Gappinger

Centinela State Prison Yard Pastors

Rev. Bill Fink


Ms. Anna Hughes


Board Members

Advisory Board Members

 Rev. Clyde Huff

Yard Pastor Representative, 


Rev. Steve Francis, Chaplain CDCR

Centinela State Prison

Dr. Roger Ziegler

Chiropractor, Retired

Yard Pastor Representative, RJDCF

John Ratelle, Warden, Retired

R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility

Dr. Rod Stark


Virtual Memory Pix

Captain Jerry Esqueda

Commanding Officer, El Centro

The Salvation Army

Rev. Bill Brown, Chaplain

R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility


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