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.  
 
In 1984, Ron joined efforts with Harold and Helen and formed the Nashville Prison Ministry. In 2008, the ministry went statewide and changed its name to the Tennessee Prison Outreach Ministry. In 2013, the ministry 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 and counseling services. Today, we stand indebted to Harold and Helen (pictured below) as we look forward to enhancing our mission to reunite the returning citizen with God, family and community.