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WDAC 94.5 interview with Chaplain Heinrich and Pastor Vern aired on April 18, 2020 – Listen to Ministry Focus podcast below. Click HERE for WDAC website.
COVID-19 Update – Chaplaincy Services still up and running at Chester County Prison.
Due to restrictions in place to protect inmates and staff from coronavirus, religious programming has been shut down at the prison. Praise God that the Chaplain’s office is considered “essential services” at CCP, as well it has always been. Chaplain Heinrich continues his ministry within the prison walls, and is encouraged by groups of men stepping up and leading fellow inmates in prayer and study during these tenuous times.
Please keep Heinrich, the prison staff, and the incarcerated men and women in your prayers.
Onesimus Ministries exists for the purpose of introducing prison inmates, ex-inmates, and their families to the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ, as well as spiritually supporting and assisting anyone in becoming faithful in their daily walk as Christ’s disciples.
Why Are Onesimus Chaplains Needed within Chester County Prison?
“The truth about ministry is that it rarely occurs with power without the actual presence of the laborer”.
You may have heard the term, “It takes a village to raise a child”, well it takes a team of Chaplains to minister to a prison. The county prison has contracted to County Corrections Gospel Mission (CCGM) to supply Chaplains and ministries to care for the religious needs of the inmates. Onesimus Ministries is blessed to supply Pastoral Chaplains to Chester County Prison.
Jack Crans is the Administrative Chaplain and is responsible for coordinating religious programs, services, and volunteers at CCP as well as his many other branches of CCGM.
Chaplain Heinrich Botes of Onesimus Ministries is the Pastoral Chaplain ministering to the many personal, religious and transitional needs of the inmates every day.
Chaplain Rhonda Soland of Onesimus Ministries is the Pastoral Chaplain two days a week ministering to the women.
There are many volunteers helping with the many ministerial needs of the prison, but that is only an hour at a time. The reason Chaplain Heinrich is able to be in CCP full time every day and Rhonda part time is because of the support of churches, individuals, and partners in ministry contributing to Onesimus Ministries.