Our Yard Pastors & Ministry Coordinators:
Our Yard Pastors, under the direction of the Protestant Chaplain provide a non-institutional resource for men interested in changing their lives by maintaining the Chapel open for Bible Studies, worship services and  counseling throughout the day and evening.

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Rev. Jack Oien, Founder and Yard Pastor, RJDCF
Pastor Jack PtP Founder:

A native of San Diego, Pastor Jack is the son of missionaries to China.  He attended BIOLA College and Long Beach State College part-time while working as a printer and supervisor for the Aerospace Corporation.

Called to the mission field, he ministered 13 years in the Peruvian jungle as the print shop manager with Wycliffe Bible Translators.  With his wife, Joyce, he also had a fruitful ministry as youth sponsor for the teenagers who attended the Wycliffe school.

In 1980, Jack experienced a call to the US pastorate.  After completing seminary, he was ordained at Fellowship bible Church of Park Cities, Dallas, TX., and served as pastor of the Chula Vista Missionary Church in California for 8 years.

Jack and Joyce founded the Pastors to Prisoners Prison Ministry.  Before her death in 2003, Joyce asked that Jack continue to grow the ministry as long as he were able.  At Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility, with its 4,700 inmates, Jack has found the richest mission field of his life.

Dr. Roger Ziegler, Yard Pastor RJDCF
Pastor Ziegler:

After serving at RJ Donovan as a volunteer in the Protestant religious program for over 10 years, Roger has felt God's call to full time ministry with Pastors to Prisoners as a Yard Pastor.

Roger is uniquely qualified for prison ministry.  He has served in the KAIROS ministry; he has a Brown Card identification (which allows him to escort other volunteers); taught Bible studies on several yards, and participated in chapel programs at Centinela State Prison.  He has also been a leader in ministries at his home church, and has shared his vision of ministering the Gospel of Jesus Christ to men who have lost all hope.

Roger has seen the fruit of his ministry in men who are now out of prison, and have found in their faith, the resources to experience not only a new life in Christ, but the power to experience the changes that allow for a new life of freedom and lawful productivity in the community.

Roger is giving up his chiropractic practice to follow what he believes in his heart to be God's call.  We eagerly seek your prayers and support as Roger enters the "devil's playground" as a missionary of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Rev. Jorge Molina, Yard Pastor RJDCF
Pastor Molinia:

Jesus changed my life many years ago on June 2, 1983.  I was 27 years old when I opened the door of my heart and invited Jesus to enter in by asking Him to "Help Me."  I was tired of living.  I was a former heroin addict, gang member and an ex-felon for many years.  Since my conversion, I have worked for the Life Outreach Program, a residential drug and alcohol program run in San Ysidro for over a decade.  I was involved with the San Diego Country Jail Ministries for about 10 years while working in the New Life Program.

I have been volunteering at RJ Donovan Correctional Facility since 2000.  I am now, by the mercy of God, a Yard Pastor.  I was ordained as a minister in 1987 and have been married for over 30 years.  My wife and I have been married for over 30 years.  My wife and I have raised 7 children and my love and passion is for those incarcerated.  It is a blessing to be used by God to touch the hearts of many men.  I love to see them turn from a life of crime through the power of God's Word to be God fearing men in and out of the prison.  Keep me in your prayers that God may someday grant me the privilege to be a Yard Pastor full time.  Thanks for your prayers and support of my ministry.

Rev. Elena Hernandez, Yard Pastor at CCI in Tehachapi
Pastor Hernandez:

I became involved in correctional ministries in 1983 after experiencing a powerful conversion in the late 1970's while overdosing on cocaine. This was an experience which turned my life around completely. God started opening doors and in 1990 I was introduced to Chaplain Charles Brewer, Protestant Chaplain at R.J. Donovan correctional Facility, who offered me the position of Spanish Program Coordinator for the Spanish services. In 1995, feeling the need to further my theological and pastoral training, I moved to New York City where I graduated from the HealthCare Chaplaincy, Inc. and from the Blanton Peale Graduate Institute and also completed two years at the New York Theological Seminary.

I returned to San Diego in the year 2000 and continued serving as a Yard Pastor at the R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility, now under the umbrella of the Pastors to Prisoners Organization. In 2012 I moved to Tehachapi, CA where I am presently volunteering at the California Correctional Institution as a Coordinator for the Spanish ministry under the supervision of the Protestant Chaplain.

God has given me great love and compassion for the people in correctional institutions, and my main role has always been to help inmates become reconciled to God.

Rev. Clyde Huff, Yard Pastor Centinela SP
Pastor Huff:

Clyde, a native Californian, has lived in the Imperial Valley of California for almost 40 years.  He moved there to operate the family farm after marrying his Bible college sweetheart, Joan.  Together they have served without interruption as Sunday School teachers and church workers at Imperial Community Church.

The Lord works in mysterious ways and, guess what!  Just down the road from his farm a new state prison was erected.  What began as an annoyance to a landholder metamorphosed for Clyde into a consuming burden for the lost men behind the razor wire.  When chaplain Steve Francis asked him to visit the prison one night a week to help with a Bible class, he unwittingly agreed.  He was unprepared, however, for the incredible blessing he received from ministering to those felons.

His wife has since joined him in ministering to the inmates 2 nights a week and they now feel called to turn the farm over to others and concentrate full-time on prison ministry.  with this goal in mind, he pursued and received ordination and is now serving half-time at Centinela Prison while he seeks to raise financial support and turns the farm over to others.

Pastor Elliott LaQuinn Nichols, Yard Pastor RJDCF
Pastor Nichols:

Elliott Nichols has been serving at Donovan Prison since 2010. Much of the time he is accompanied by his beautiful wife Rosemary. He will tell anyone who will listen that Prison Ministry is definitely his calling. He even takes a part in the Spanish services by utilizing an interpreter. He loves providing the spiritual guidance, love, and support the men desire and need. He is a real soldier for the Lord.

Pastor Michael Solorio, Yard Pastor at CCI in Tehachapi
Pastor Solario:

I would like to give God all the praise and glory for rescuing me from six years of drug addiction and alcohol. It was in January 29, 1991 when I was invited to come to a small church in Fairfax, CA that I had a personal encounter with Jesus Christ. I had never attended a church before, and when the Pastor said to me at the altar: "Before you get God in your life, you have to acknowledge the one who died on the cross for you, Jesus Christ." Then I said: "Jesus, please forgive me for my sins". Then I fell on the floor and cried like I had never cried before. When I got up I was not the same person. Jesus touched my heart and I was a new born again Christian filled with the Holy Spirit.

Immediately after that experience I started working with people from the streets who had the same background that God delivered me from. In 2008 I started volunteering at a local radio station helping with a Spanish program called "Treasures Out of Darkeness". Then in 2012 I felt a call from God to get involved in prison ministry and started volunteering at the Shafter & Lerdo County Jails in Bakersfield as well as at the Wasco prison, where I am going to start being the Volunteer Coordinator under the supervision of the Community Resources Manager. In 2015 God opened doors for me to start volunteering at the California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi where I have been ministering since then.

I have a deep compassion for the inmates because they need hope and we in Christ have the answer to their need: Jesus Christ!