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Adult Jail Chaplaincy Application Process 


TJM ChaplaincyTo be eligible to become a chaplain in the Hamilton County, Ohio jail facilities, individuals must be at least 21 years of age and successfully pass a criminal background check.  NOTE:  Those with a prior conviction are still eligible to apply (if your charge(s) is recent, violent, or causes you to be listed as a sex offender, your chances of passing a background check are diminished). However, the Sheriff's Department will determine access and participation based on security concerns.

The steps to become a TJM chaplain:

  1. Complete and submit a Volunteer Application. This is simply an immediate data gathering measure required for all volunteers. 

  2. Complete and submit a Request for Security Clearance, along with payment for class fees.  Payment may be submitted via check, cash or money order. Fees are non-refundable unless applicant is not offered a spot in the training class for some reason. 

  3. Successfully pass a criminal background check conducted through the Corrections Division of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department.  (Alternative background checks will not be accepted.)

  4. Applicants will receive a letter eight to 10 weeks before the start of class with information about fees, class size and curriculum.

  5. Candidates must complete the 13-week class--including two mandatory classes:  Role of the Chaplain and How to Deliver a Death Notification and Grief Notification-missing a maximum of two classes. After completion, all trainees receive a certificate from Transforming Jail Ministries.  Click here to see the schedule for upcoming training classes.

  6. All successful trainees are considered for TJM chaplains. The application and training class are weighed, and potential chaplains are invited to an interview conducted from among TJM's CEO, a Board member, a current/former AJC team member and someone who has worked in the criminal justice system.   

  7. Following the interview, a decision is made whether or not to invite the candidate to become a TJM chaplain. This decision is dynamic and based on the following:

      • Current needs of the ministry
      • Faithfulness and effectiveness of candidate
      • Ministry balance of race, gender, theological slant and/or style