Correctional and Prison Chaplaincy, Part 2


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

Our Work of the Chaplain passage for this episode is Romans 15:7 which says, “Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.”

Our Work of the Chaplain quote for this episode is from Alexandre Vinet. He said, “The place of charity, like that of God, is everywhere.”

In this podcast, we are going through the fine book: “The Work of the Chaplain” by Naomi K. Paget and Janet R. McCormack.

Our topic today is: Correctional and Prison Chaplaincy (Part 2)

— Education & Training

While the job responsibilities for correctional chaplains are similar to those of other chaplains, there are some key differences. For that reason, positions in correctional chaplaincy have educational and ministry requirements reminiscent of military chaplaincy. The Federal Department of Corrections requires chaplains to meet the requirements of age (less than 37 years old at the time of application), suitability (in employment, financial, and criminal history), and physical standards (pass drug tests and physical abilities test). There are in addition to the usual requirements of education (earned MDiv or the equivalent), experience (one CPE unit and one year of residency), religious credentials (ordination or comparable status), and finally, ecclesiastical endorsement for correctional chaplaincy.

Not only does each correctional institution have basic qualifications and requirements for chaplaincy employment, but each state’s department of corrections has set standards for correctional chaplains. Generally, most states have similar requirements to the federal standards. However, chaplains who are interested in a particular state’s requirements should contact that state’s department of corrections.

Correctional chaplains are often required to have additional specialized training related to suicide intervention, the criminal justice system, restorative justice issues, diversity within the correctional institution, and victimology. Prison chaplains are also well trained in substance abuse counseling and conflict resolution.

Professional correctional chaplains receive standard benefits of vacation, sick leave, and holiday pay, health and life insurance, and retirement and various savings plans. The Federal Bureau of Prisons ranks chaplains as GS-12 on the Federal Wage System. Salaries and pay scales vary according to locality pay tables, which are based on geographic area.

If the Lord tarries His Coming and we live, we will continue learning about the Work of the Chaplain in our next podcast.

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— PRAYER —

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

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