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INDEPENDENCE ― A meeting is planned for June 6 to discuss plans to open a prison ministry at the new River North Correctional Center in Independence.
According to reports, neither the Virginia Department of Corrections nor Chaplain Service Prison Ministry of Virginia has funds to place a chaplain at the prison.
The Rev. Terri Gregory, pastor of the Independence United Methodist Church, said plans are to organize a “River North Ministry Council” made up of ministers and laypeople in the surrounding counties of Virginia and North Carolina.
Gregory said she had been working with the Rev. Randy Myers, president of Chaplain Service Prison Ministry of Virginia, to put together the local ministry council.
Myers will attend the Independence meeting, along with the Rev. Kevin Richardson from Pocahontas State Correctional Center, who is a United Methodist clergyman.
Gregory said Richardson will share his ministry experiences. He has had more than 800 conversions to Christ and baptisms at Pocahontas since its opening several years ago.
A luncheon will be held at noon at Independence United Methodist Church on June 6 and churches are asked to call (276) 773-3099 by May 24 to provide the number that will attend the meeting so enough food can be prepared. The price will be $5 per person.