history

The Tennessee Prison Outreach Ministry has been ministering to the incarcerated and their families for over 50 years. Our roots extend back to 1963, when Harold and Helen Cox of the Madison Church of Christ began volunteering in the Nashville jail. In 1982, Ron Goodman relocated his prison work from Huntsville, Texas to Brentwood, Tennessee to organize local volunteers under the oversight of the Harpeth Hills Church of Christ.  
 
Ron joined efforts with Harold and Helen and together they formed the Nashville Prison Ministry and served as the Directors. In 2008, Thomas Snow joined the team and the ministry went statewide and changed its name to the Tennessee Prison Outreach Ministry. At the end of 2012, Ron Goodman and Harold and Helen Cox retired from full-time prison ministry work. In 2013, Thomas Snow was named the Executive Director and TPOM became a 501(c)3, nonprofit, public charity.  
 
In 2015, the ministry opened a re-entry center in Nashville, providing returning citizens with vocational training, job placement, counseling services, mentoring, case management, and a faith-based 12 step program. In 2017, the ministry opened its first state approved transitional house for sixteen men leaving incarceration.
 
Today, we stand indebted to our founders, Harold and Helen Cox (pictured below). Helen passed away on March 24, 2018. Harold resides in Madison, Tennessee.  It is our goal at the Tennessee Prison Outreach Ministry to build upon the legacy of these two great examples as we seek to reunite the returning citizen with God, family, and community.