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By Katelyn Siple ('23)
" I always feel
very humbled
and honored that
I'm allowed to go
somewhere where
people are hurting
and confused
and give them
the truth without
wavering "
- Kristine Thomas ('20)
or some, prison ministry is a daunting
concept and an uncomfortable choice for
local service. For those who feel this important
call-including an LBC | Capital alumna and
current student-prison ministry is a mission field
with many ways to serve.
Kristine " Kristy " Thomas ('20), began her journey
into prison ministry after hearing a talk by the
existing female chaplain at the York County Prison at
a church luncheon. Prison ministry had never been
on Thomas' radar, but after the luncheon she felt led
to ask the chaplain how she could help. Thomas first
volunteered at the York County Prison, visiting with
the female inmates once a week, praying with them
and using her background in biblical counseling.
When the chaplain retired, Thomas wondered who
would take her place, only to be asked herself to take
the position-with the condition that she would earn
a degree in Biblical Studies.
So Thomas enrolled at LBC | Capital as an on-campus
student while working three to four days a week
as the prison chaplain. Once COVID-19 forced
shutdowns nationwide, including at LBC, Thomas
finished her classes online, and in December 2020
earned her Biblical Studies degree after three years.
Just the second female chaplain in the history of the
York County Prison, Thomas focuses her ministry on
women in the prison-both inmates and sometimes
officers with diverse needs and experiences-so
every day is different. Part of the duties of a chaplain
involve providing religious accommodations to
inmates of any faith.
" There are so many faiths and religions that are
represented in the prison, " Thomas said. " If there's
a Muslim woman who wants a hijab, she has
to go to the chaplaincy to request that religious
accommodation. " The chaplaincy also has available
Bibles, Daily Bread devotionals and other faith-related
books, all given though community donations.
As a Christian, Thomas has no problem giving a
Quran to Muslims since the interaction gives them a
chance to be introduced to faith. Providing religious
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