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
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Matthew Williams, Board Chairman
Southern Champion Tray
Seth Faler, Secretary
Sheriff Jim Hammond
Fred Boeninger, Vice Chairman
Hamilton County Sheriff Deparment
Councilman- District 7
Joseph Wingfield, Financial Chairman
Dr. Marsha Drake
Hamilton County Juvenile Court