Coffield Unit

I was in prison and you visited me.

-Matthew 25:36

Kairos Prison Ministry
Coffield Unit - Tennessee Colony, TX

Welcome to the COFFIELD KAIROS website!

This website is a place where new visitors, old friends, current team volunteers, and future team volunteers can find important and up-to-the-minute information about this dynamic ministry and the practical expressions of God's love taking place inside the prison walls of the Coffield Unit.

If this is your first time visiting our site, please ensure you stop by the About Kairos section to familiarize yourself with the Kairos Prison Ministry and view the Videos section to hear testimonials about how Kairos changes lives.

To learn how to get involved in this ministry as a volunteer, prayer warrior, cookie baker, or financial supporter, make sure you visit the Get Involved section of our site.

Listen, Listen, Love, Love


 

Mission & Vision Statement

The mission of the Kairos Prison Ministry is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women and youth, as well as their families, to become loving and productive citizens of their communities.

The vision of Kairos Prison Ministry International, Inc. (KPMI) is to be a community spiritually freed from the effects of imprisonment reaching all impacted by incarceration, through the love, hope, and faith found in Jesus Christ.

Statement of Faith

The people of Kairos are called by God to share the love of Christ with those impacted by incarceration. Kairos encourages believers from a variety of Christian traditions to be volunteers in this Christ-filled ministry. Kairos programs offer to prison residents, their families, and those who work with them, the opportunity to receive God’s forgiveness through faith in Jesus Christ, and to grow in their faith and servanthood in Christian community.

We stand on the common ground of the following elements of faith: We in Kairos believe: The Bible is God’s authoritative and inspired word for our faith and our lives; In the Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; in the deity, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ; friendship with God is a free gift, for God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

The love of Jesus Christ motivates His followers to provide food for the hungry, drink to the thirsty, welcome to the stranger, clothes for the naked, and visits to the sick and those in prison. We share the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ with all incarcerated individuals, their families and to those who work with them inside and outside the correctional institution.

 

H.H. Coffield Unit

History

The H.H. Coffield unit was opened in June of 1965.

An Institutional Agreement was signed on April 17, 1996 by warden Keith Price to allow Kairos to enter the H. H. Coffield Prison. Kairos was represented by Steve Griffin and Steve Ochs.

Coffield Kairos #1 took place in April of 1996. The team was primarily composed of team members from the Beto Kairos team.

Recurring Coffield Kairos Events:

Kairos Weekends (4 Day Events)

Kairos events occur at Coffield twice a year in April and October.

By default the 4-day events start on the 3rd Thursdays of these months, but may move a week of two depending on Easter or by special request of the leader.

For the 4-day events, the team meets at the host church in Palestine the Wednesday before and the event ends with a closing service on Sunday at 3pm.

During the events, the team spends evenings in a hotel in Palestine.

The outside ladies are a very important part of the team, preparing meals, making agape, bagging cookies and of course praying during chapel time.

The men of the active Coffield Community are asked to attend one Saturday Kairos event each month at the unit.

Coffield requires that each active man be retrained every two years to remain active on the unit’s access roster.

Kairos Reunions

Reunions are scheduled on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 7:00-10:00am.

Reasons not to meet would be the 4-day events, some overriding chapel activity or a lockdown.

Between 4-day events we have retreat format meetings in January and July.

A special Christmas meeting is planned for the 2nd Saturday of each December.

Prayer & Share

The Kairos Community also facilitates a Prayer & Share program on the 1st, 3rd, 4th and possibly 5th Saturdays of each month from 7:00-10:00am where at least one person from the outside must be there to oversee the program that the residents lead.

Coffield Unit Advisory Council:

Advisory Council
Warden Jeffrey Catoe
Chaplain Chaplain Henderson
Chairman Josh Clark
Vice Chairman Tag Gallaher
Institutional Liaison Jim Miller
Coffield-State Rep Bob Barcus
Communications Coordinator Chad Anderson
Secretary/Team Mentoring Coord Ricky Johnston
Treasurer Nancy Voss
Financial Secretary Lee Ridinger
Food Control Coord Sue Miller
Fundraising/Sponsorship Coord Steve Griffin
Clergy/Spiritual Director Gary Garza
Data Coordinator/Unit Trailer Coord Tim Harless
Agape Coordinator John Bodiford
Outreach/Recruiting Coord Robert Dillard
Host Church Coordinator Ed Kviz
Continuing Ministry Coordinator Jim Cronkhite
Coffield #42 Jim Cronkhite
Coffield #43 Howard Grove
Coffield #44 Dave Smith

Coffield Members with the LORD:

Men Ladies
John Bucklew Juanita Chaney
Ira Carey Margaret Griffin
Bob Cook Marion Midgley
Bob Denton Joyce West
Mike Farmer Diana Young
Bob Fermier
George Flannigan
Harry Herd
Paul McKinney
Ed Noble
Robert Rodriguez
Cliff Simmons
Mike Simpsons
Duncan Tandy
Rick West
Anthony Zuniga

 

Coffield #43

Spring 2017

We will have 8 Team meetings! They are scheduled as follows:

Training Session #1
Saturday, TBD
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Flower Mound UMC - Flower Mound
Training Session #2-3
Saturday, TBD
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Flower Mound UMC - Flower Mound
Training Session #4-5
Saturday, TBD
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Flower Mound UMC - Flower Mound
Training Session #6-7
Saturday, TBD
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Flower Mound UMC - Flower Mound
Training Session #8
Wednesday, April 26
6:00 p.m.− 8:30 p.m.
First Christian Church − Palestine

The Kairos dates are Thursday, April 27th thru Sunday, April 30th.

The addresses of both Team Meeting locations are below:

Meetings 1-7
Flower Mound UMC
3950 Bruton Orand Blvd
Flower Mound, TX 75022
Meeting 8
First Christian Church
113 E. Crawford Street
Palestine, TX 75801

 

Monthly Prayer & Share Reunions
(Volunteers must have current TDCJ training and be on the Coffield Unit approval list)

What is it?

These bi-weekly services are truly the heart of Kairos. It is in the Prayer & Share gatherings that the inmates themselves will renew their understanding of Christ's salvation and grow their faith with one another's prayers and support. They will learn leadership and discipleship skills and how to function in faith as a part of the larger body of Christ.

When is it?

The 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month at 7:30 AM.

Where do we meet?

Coffield Unit Front Gate in Tennessee Colony, TX

Kairos Retreats
(Volunteers must have current TDCJ training and be on the Coffield Unit approval list)

What is it?

Twice a year the Kairos volunteers conduct one day retreats as "refresher courses" on the basics of living a life for Jesus Christ. Like retreats conducted in Christian churches everywhere, these seminars give the participants the chance to reflect on their progress, areas requiring improvement, and a deeper understanding of the Christian life experience.

When is it?

The 2nd Saturday in January and July at 7:30 AM.

Where do we meet?

Coffield Unit Front Gate in Tennessee Colony, TX

 

Get Involved

There is a practical way for everyone to help bring the light of Christ into Coffield prison.

JOIN A TEAM FOR A KAIROS WEEKEND: It's a real commitment of time and energy, of course, but everyone who has taken the plunge has come away having contributed and received a blessing quite unlike any other. Email us for additional information.

If you are not feeling led by God to join us on a weekend, there are plenty of other ways that you can be the hands and feet of Jesus to the men inside Coffield.

PRAYER: Your prayers are essential to the success of Kairos Weekends. Prayer is the one ingredient that ensures hearts will be open to His Word and for His will to be accomplished.

COOKIES: Homemade cookies by the thousands! It's a Kairos brand that expresses God's grace to residents, officers, and administrative staff. It takes 1,000 dozen cookies for each weekend! That’s over 2,000 dozen homemade cookies per year.
(See Cookie Guide and watch the Cookies Saves Lives video)

ATTEND A CLOSING: Come to a Kairos Weekend Closing as a guest and see for yourself how the testimonies of hearts changed by the dynamic power of the Holy Spirit can touch your heart! (Closing Form available)

PLACEMATS: At each meal individually created place mats are provided as yet another outreach message of God's love. A great activity for Sunday schools, preschools, children and grandchildren! All placemats should be drawn on 11x17 paper.

DONATIONS: Certainly no one will be surprised to discover that a Kairos Weekend requires donations. We make every penny count but your individual and corporate financial help is crucial.

SPONSOR AN INMATE: You can help an inmate come face-to-face with the love of God by financially sponsoring an individual for the weekend. Individuals and groups can help sponsor a new life in Christ.

PURCHASE A MEAL: By purchasing a meal ticket you provide a meaningful reminder that each meal has been purchased by a Christian on the outside as a direct expression of God's love. (Printable form available.)

INVITE US TO VISIT YOUR CHURCH: We would love to tell the Kairos story directly to your church. Our select group of public speakers provides a brief and informative addition to any church service!

 

Donations

Kairos Coffield is a 100% volunteer organization.

This means your tax-deductible donations will be used exclusively to pay for proper and legitimate ministry expenses.

Mail your contributions to:

Kairos Prison Ministry – Coffield
2901 Santa Monica Dr.
Denton, TX 76205

Please make checks payable to "Kairos of Texas"

Thank you for your donation to the Kairos Prison Ministry at Coffield!

Kairos is a 501(c)(3) / Non-Profit organization.

 

Forms

Being a prison ministry means adhering to the Texas Department of Corrections rules. Rules tend to lead to paperwork.

Below you will find information on everything from the guidelines on what can be in a Kairos cookie to an application to join the team.

 

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