At Second Baptist Church, we are blessed with the ability to have regular weekly ministries in two area prisons. America's prisoners are in desperate need of Christ, and the facilities in which they are housed are mission fields. God be praised, He has raised up two men in our midst to be a light in the darkness, carrying the Good News to hundreds of our nation's most forgotten citizens.
St. Louis County Prison Ministry
Brother Bernie Gilligan directs this ministry. Begun in 2007, it was brought to Second Baptist in 2014. The SBC Prison Ministry, as it is called, holds church services for the men of the Missouri Eastern Correction Center on alternating Sunday evenings. The sheer size of the Correction Center has been used by God to bring hundreds of men, both short-term and long-term, into the worship services, and thousands into the path our efforts. Many priceless souls have been saved in this manner. Brother Gilligan also takes time to visit men in their individual cells, particularly those in need of counsel or those in isolation. This is used as a time of soulwinning, building relationships with the men for the glory of God. Prisoners in good standing are allowed to be transported to and from the morning worship services of Second Baptist Church, should they desire to attend. So effective has this ministry been that Brother Gilligan is called upon to assist the prison chaplain when needed, and he serves in that capacity marvelously.
St. Francois County Prison Ministry
Brother Brian Watson directs this ministry. Held in the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic & Correctional Center, the opportunity exists to reach literally thousands of inmates each week. Every Tuesday morning, Brother Watson makes his rounds through the wards. This time is focused on cell-to-cell visitation, focusing on counseling those in need of assistance and making new contacts. Of course, soulwinning is always the ultimate objective. An especially enjoyable time for the inmates takes place at 6:30 in the evening. For two hours, a Bible study is conducted, and the discipleship course "The ABC's of Christian Maturity" is taught. This weekly time allows inmates to be strengthened corporately in their newfound walks with the Lord. Also, each year, Brother Watson works with evangelists from the Rock of Ages Prison Ministry in hosting a large revival meeting within the facility. Dozens are saved annually in these services, and we have been privileged as a church to observe several hundred prisoners trust Christ as their Saviour through these meetings.