2017 Impact Report



2017 was a year of transition for TJM with the retirement of Rev Jack Marsh, a founder of TJM, and the hiring of Rev. Stuart Warren to lead the organization and continue to fulfill Rev. Marsh’s vision. Our mission has always been to "share God's message of hope with those in jail," and that will continue under Stuart Warren's leadership.


One full time employee and one part-time administrator facilitate the work of 31 volunteer chaplains and 91 worship teams who minister within the Hamilton County Justice Centers. Additionally, TJM serves as the training and credentialing center for clergy wishing to gain access to many correctional and treatment facilities in Hamilton County, saving tax dollars for Hamilton County tax payers. Our total volunteer roster includes roughly 650 individuals that requires regular servicing.

The number one visit, in terms of recidivism, is a visit from clergy.
— Dr. Harold Dean Trulear

Major Activities/Accomplishments

  • Worship teams’ minister to an average of 600 inmates per week with an average of 76 worship team volunteers conducting those services each week.
  • Our chaplains fulfill an average of 30 inmate requests per week requiring an average of 40+ hours of chaplain time. 
  • Chaplains are asked and responded to a request for death notification for an inmate within 1.5 hours of the notification request and maintained a 94% end-of-day response to grief intervention requests.
  • TJM responded to an average of 100+ requests/month from inmates. These requests consisted primarily for prayers, rosaries, Bibles, reading material, and eye glasses.
  • TJM works with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department on background checks (every two years), badges for our volunteers, and fulfill continuing education requirements for our volunteers.
  • Educate, monitor, and mentor our volunteers in order to protect and cultivate the privilege that TJM has been granted by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department to offer God’s message of hope to those incarcerated in the Hamilton County jails. 
  • Conducted the yearly Adult Jail Chaplaincy class. 
  • Moved the TJM office to the Hamilton County Justice Center.
  • “Cookies at Christmas” sourced, packaged and delivered 15,000 cookies to roughly 2,000 inmates and 300 sheriff’s deputies at Christmas.
  • The CEO serves as a consultant to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department on religious matters.


TJM is a 501 (c) (3) organization. Funding comes from 3 major sources – The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department, local churches and religious organizations, and individual donations. 

  • 2017 revenues - $83,302
  • 2017 expenses - $90,122

2017 Goals and Measures

  1. We will document 25,000 prisoners and 3,000 volunteers worshipping together in the jails during 2017.  To do this we will rely on reports by Worship Teams submitted online and through the mail. We will continue random surveys of Corrections staff, focusing on changes in behavior/attitude as a result of worship attendance in worship.
    • In 2017, we documented a total attendance of 31,031 inmates and 3,955 worship team volunteers worshipping together.
  2. We will document 2,500 hours of service by members of our Adult Jail Chaplaincy Team resulting in at least 1600 prisoner contacts in 2017.  To do this we will use the sign in book in the chaplain’s office at the Justice Center and reports submitted online, through the mail and placed in the bin at the chaplain’s office in the Justice Center. We will continue random surveys of Corrections staff about how prisoner behavior/attitude is affected by contact with volunteer chaplains.
    • In 2017, we fell short of our goal of 2,500 hours of service by members of our AJC. We have 2,102 recorded hours with 58% of our chaplains reporting their numbers. Thus, it is possible we far exceeded our goal, but many of our chaplains did not report their volunteer hours.
  3. We will document that we will have a chaplain on scene within 1.5 hours of being requested for all death notifications. A success rate of 100 % will be determined by recording the time/date of request vs. time date of chaplain’s response. Achieving this goal frees up significant officer time and attention in these situations. It also reduces prisoner stress, thereby aiding in jail safety and security.
    • In 2017, we responded to 100% of all death notifications within the 1.5 hour goal and 100% of grief intervention requests by day’s end.
  4. We will have a chaplain respond by the end of the day for all grief intervention requests. A success rate of 90 % will be determined by recording the time/date of request vs. time date of chaplain’s response.
    • In 2017, we responded to 94% of all grief intervention requests by the end of the day of each given request.
  5. We will average at least 4.7 out of 5.0 evaluation indicating the quality of our training. This will be measured by the responses to evaluations distributed at the end of each training session. This goes to one of our key areas, and strengths, of helping people grow in jail ministry and as disciples.
    • Due to a transition in leadership, this evaluation is unable to be located and assessed.
  6. In the spring of 2017 we will conduct interviews with Corrections Administration, randomly selected Corrections officers and the Hamilton County Sheriff or Chief Deputy to get a sense about the usefulness of our volunteers in the Hamilton County jail facilities. Similar interviews will also be done among the Talbert House facilities we serve and the River City Correctional Center.
    • Due to a transition in leadership, this evaluation is unable to be located and assessed.