"I was in Prison and You visited Me…"

 Dr. William Utech, Assistant to the President for Missions (at left) welcomes Dr. James Seeman (right) as Coordinator of District Prison and Jail Ministry.

Dr. William Utech, Assistant to the President for Missions (at left) welcomes Dr. James Seeman (right) as Coordinator of District Prison and Jail Ministry.

As one of its official actions adopted the last time it was in convention, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod resolved to have a prison and jail ministry coordinator in each of its 35 districts, either volunteer or compensated, for the purpose of researching opportunities, training, providing guidelines, equipping congregations, and networking for prison and jail ministry.

At it’s most recent meeting, the Board of Directors of the Minnesota South District ratified the choice of Dr. James Seeman to be our District’s volunteer prison and jail coordinator!  Jim (pictured above right) heads up the Lutheran Freedom Initiative and offers seminars, on the campus of Concordia University in St. Paul, for people who wish to learn more about prison ministry and who are thinking about getting involved in Christ centered and Gospel focused ministry to incarcerated individuals and populations.  Seminar topics include prison culture, the problems of prison, the nature of prison ministry, worship, ways and means to participate.

Jim is happy to travel to your congregation to raise awareness of, and teach about how to become involved in, ministry to the incarcerated so that, in the words of Jesus, more and more of us are visiting Him by visiting them (Matthew 25:26).