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"There is little glory in jail ministry. Groups are small, the stories unglamorous. You're as likely to see your star disciple on his way back in as on his way out. For those that hang in - the rewards are huge. Jail ministry takes heart, and I don't think I know anyone with hearts are big as Peter Bailey and the volunteers of Upstate Jail Ministries. They minister in a rural area, with all the big-time problems - drugs and alcohol, abuse, and violence - but with few of the resource that we in more urban areas take for granted. It's a one-on-one, face-to-face ministry of relationship and caring. The people they minister to in jail are likely to be neighbors, or at least neighbors of neighbors. It takes a deep and unflinching love for people and an even deeper commitment to the Gospel to be sucessful in jail ministry. The men and women of Upstate Jail Ministries have both.

Mark Hemenway, President
New England Prison Ministries



We need eight men to volunteer with Upstate Jail Ministries.

- (4) men on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-7:00pm at Warren County Jail

- (4) men on Wednesdays from 6:00-7:00pm at Washington County Jail.

- We also have a need for men and women volunteers who can substitue on occasion.


Our Mission

To bring the good news of Jesus Christ to inmates and others impacted by incarceration, providing opportunities to hear and respond to the truth and grow in their relationship with him.

About Us

Upstate Jail Ministries is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that ministers in the Washington and Warren County jails of upstate New York.

After resigning a seven year youth pastor position, founder Peter Bailey responded to God's calling by volunteering in the Washington County jail, leading weekly Bible studies and Sunday worship services.

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