Contacts for Prison Ministry & Restorative Justice

Churches involved in prison ministry and/or restorative justice work

Northwest District
  • West Penn Immanuel United Methodist Church, West Penn PA 18211
    Visitation and correspondence.
    Contact: Pastor Gary Snyder, glsplbg@yahoo.com
Southwest District
  • First UMC, Ephrata, PA 17522
    Have worked with center for community peacemaking for restorative justice.
    Contact: Walter Carter, 717-738-2465, walter@ephratafirst.org
  • Grandview United Methodist Church, Lancaster, PA
    Visitation, interested in restorative justice.
    Contact: Elaine Spangler, 717-560-2166, ejsgac76@aol.com
  • Lititz UMC, Lititz, PA 17543
    Liz Preston visits with inmates & helps with reentry; Linda Van Til works with restorative justice.
    Contacts: Liz, ladyliz.preston@gmail.com or Linda, ravenlinda1@dejazzd.com, 717-626-0745
  • Washington Boro United Methodist Church, Washington Boro, PA 17543
    Pastor visits inmate from former congregation.
    Contact: Jerry Reifsnyder, 717-808-2662, jman@dejazzd.com
Central District
  • Bethel Hill United Methodist Church, Lansdale, PA 19446
    Annual visit to Montgomery County Correctional Center, Worship service with men, distribute gift packs (slipper socks, candy bar, devotional) to women.
    Contact: Ed Gale, 610-584-5936, bethelhill@verizon.net
  • New Hanover United Methodist Church, Gilbertsville, PA 19525
    Pastor is a member of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee for Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties, and helps present a Parole Survival Class at Graterford SCI every 2 months.
    Contact: David Lewis, davel@newhanoverumc.org
  • Royersford United Methodist Church, Royersford PA 19468
    Congregant is involved in Kairos prison ministry.
    Contact Scott Johnson, 610-608-7862, scottmjohnson@att.net
  • St. Matthews United Methodist Church of Valley Forge, Wayne PA 19087
    Helped provide Chester County Prison and Montgomery County Correctional Facility with more child and family-friendly visiting and waiting areas. Have worked with inmates at both facilities to produce Quilts of Hope. Congregants trained in Healing Communities Program. Congregants have participated in Thresholds of Chester County
    Contact: Marilyn Schneider, 610-688-7055, mschneider2222@gmail.com
  • Tindley Temple United Methodist Church, Philadelphia PA   19146
    Provide a computer laboratory for returning citizens, assistance with resume writing, job applications
    Contact: Jarvis Mccarther, jarvmcc@aol.com
  • West Lawn United Methodist Church, Reading PA 19609
    Provide worship services monthly for women, men, and those in the Community Re-entry center at Berks County Jail, one-on-one listening weekly, weekly bible studies with both men and women, assisting with serving of ashs on Ash Wednesday, assist with distribution of inmate Christmas presents, sponsor Angel Tree program for children of incarcerated parents
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxXEYrlU84o
    Contact: Tammy Hessler, 610-678-5611, office@westlawnumc.org
Southeast District
  • Elam UMC, Glen Mills, PA 19342
    Congregants involved in Thresholds of Delaware County
    Contact: Clint Amoss, phone: 610-405-0442
  • Grove United Methodist Church, West Chester PA 19380
    Provide support for Thresholds of Chester County
    Contact: Betty Green, email: dlandbgreen@verizon.net
  • Hopewell United Methodist Church, Downingtown PA 19335
    Have Angel Tree program, mentor returning citizens during reentry, congregant works with Christian Life Prison and Recovery Ministries to bring communion and the gospel to inmates at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia.
    Contact: Patrick Welch, pwelch@gfnet.com
  • St. Daniel’s UMC, Chester, PA
    The Young Adults Ministry is reaching out to young adults that are away from church, especially those who have been imprisoned, sending SONshine and encouragement until they find their way back home (to God’s house).
    Contact: Krystl Johnson krystljohnson@ymail.com
  • Wharton-Wesley United Methodist Church, Philadelphia PA 19143
    Provide underclothes, outer garments, Bibles and other religious reading materials to Philadelphia House of Corrections
    Contact: Rev. Robert Booker, wharton54@verizon.net, phone: 215-472-6777
East District
  • Montgomery Square United Methodist Church, North Wales PA 19454
    United Methodist Women collect children’s books and provides CDs for inmates to record books and read to their children
    Contact: United Methodist Women, msqumc@verizon.net