Welcome to Truth Frees Us, a small window into the workings of God behind prison walls, and a door to prison-related ministry. Please stay a while. Let us hear your insights and comments.

COVID-19 Impact

Our monthly in-person meeting has been canceled due to continuing health precautions of COVID-19. Instead we will be meeting via Zoom. Please contact Mark Watkins to be added to the invitation list.

Personal visits to California prisons and jails have been canceled pending further notice. All church services at the Vista Detention Center have also been canceled indefinitely until health conditions permit. Services and programs at Donovan State prison have been canceled indefinitely as well. Reentry mentoring continues, with normal health precautions.

North Coast Church Activity

Meetings: North Coast Prison Ministry volunteer meetings were held the first Saturday of each month, 8:30-10am in the 5th grade room, with all welcome to attend. However, due to the health crisis they have been suspended indefinitely. For more info  Contact us.

Jail Ministry Team: [CURRENTLY SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID-19] North Coast has a team of volunteers that leads Bible studies at Vista Detention Center. It is a one-year commitment for volunteers, with clearance required. We are partnering with other churches in addition to establishing a North Coast team. This is a truly rewarding and necessary ministry, with many receiving or returning to the Lord. Please make the next meeting – everyone who is interested in inside-jail ministry.

Reentry Mentoring Team: Our goal is to follow up discipleship within the institution with continued mentoring and fellowship in the community. Our team is active now. Sign up nowMore information

Prison Fellowship Academy at Donavan: [CURRENTLY SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID-19] Prison Fellowship Ministry has recently introduced its Christianity-based life skills academy at RJ Donavan prison. Currently they are presenting the Alpha video series introducing the fundamentals of Christianity in a 15-session course open to all inmates, regardless of faith. They receive program credit for the class, so interest is high. This is a tremendous opportunity to present the gospel message clearly to those who would otherwise be unlikely to listen. Prison Fellowship Academy has been successful in reducing recidivism in other states and even more importantly has led to men turning from a life of crime to serving God. Volunteers are urgently needed! NCC is active Friday night on C yard. Contact Pamela Gonzales at pamela_gonzales@pfm.org or markw@truthfreesus.org.