In 1979, the Lord answered the prayers of a small group of men who had the vision to begin a prison ministry in Chattanooga. 


In the meantime, the Lord had prepared the heart of a former Vietnam POW who was wondering why God had spared his life.  His experience as a POW and his heart for others made Roger Ingvalson the ideal candidate. 


As the first Executive Director, he developed and led what became Chattanooga Prison Ministry.  The years passed, the name changed a couple of times to its present name, Prison Prevention Ministries.


In 1994 the ministry felt it was time to swim upstream.  Under the leadership of Gretrell Watkins, a youth Prevention Program began. As Gretrell developed valuable relationships within our schools, the doors began to open for classroom presentations, prison tours and one-on-one mentoring opportunities.  What began as a prison ministry 40 years ago has flourished into a regional prison prevention ministry.


Preventing inmates from returning to prison

Preventing youth from going to prison

Through a personal and growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His Gospel



Matthew Williams, Board Chairman

Southern Champion Tray

Seth Faler, Secretary

Oaklyn Consulting

Sheriff Jim Hammond

Hamilton County

Bobby Huffaker

American Exchange

Gregory Williamson


Fred Boeninger, Vice Chairman

Self Employed

Gino Bennett

Hamilton County Sheriff Deparment

Patsy Henry

Erskine Oglesby

Councilman- District 7

Jackson Wingfield

Wingfield Scale

Joseph Wingfield, Financial Chairman

Wingfield Scale

Dr. Marsha Drake


Jay Hildebrand

Alderman Holdings

Loranda Siler

Hamilton County Juvenile Court

Natalie Woodard

Angie Wynn

CHI Memorial