LAKE COUNTY JAIL MINISTRY offers hope to incarcerated men and women and to those who have recently been released from jail. Founded in 1985, we are a 501C3 non-profit organization dedicated to serving those who are incarcerated, their families and the staff at the Lake County Jail. We seek to do this through a cooperative effort of support from area churches and individuals.

Inside the bars we bring the word of God to inmates through Sunday church services and one-on-one visits. We conduct three church services every Sunday morning; two for men and one for women. Our licensed chaplain, Kenneth Hall, facilitates communication with the jail staff, guides the volunteers and schedules ministry times within the facility. Inmates may request one-on-one visits with trained volunteers as appropriate.

Outside the bars we invite formerly incarcerated individuals, their families, and those impacted by the criminal justice system to Connections for Hope, monthly dinners where they can receive care and needed resources. The goal of Connections for Hope is to offer loving acceptance, practical advice and helpful connections. Assistance comes in many forms, including resume writing, addiction recovery/detox resources, and hygiene gift bags. Monthly meetings include music and powerful personal testimonies.


Statement of Faith

“I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”

Matthew 25:36

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, authoritative word of God.

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in his virgin birth, in his sinless life, in his miracles, in his vicarious and atoning death through his shed blood, in his bodily resurrection, in his ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in his coming return in power and glory.

We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is essential.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.


Board of Directors

Pastor Thomas Chapman, Executive Chairman

Kenneth Hall, Chaplain

Cheryl Deitrich, Secretary

Harold Carter

Chuck Harton

Rachel Porostosky

Janelle Unger

William Widlicka