history

We have been ministering to the incarcerated and their families for over 55 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 in 1984 and together they formed the Nashville Prison Ministry and served as the Directors. Ron Goodman and Harold and Helen Cox retired from full-time prison ministry work in 2012. 
 
In 2013, Thomas Snow was named the Director of this church-based effort and the ministry reorganized as a 501(c)3, nonprofit, public charity and became the Tennessee Prison Outreach Ministry (TPOM). In 2015, the ministry opened a re-entry center in Nashville, providing returning citizens with vocational training, job placement, counseling services, mentoring, case management, worship services, and AA/NA meetings. In 2017, the ministry built its first state approved transitional house for sixteen men leaving incarceration. The women's facility for those leaving incarceration opened in 2020.
 
Today, we stand indebted to our founders - Harold and Helen Cox (pictured below). Helen passed away on March 24, 2018. and Harold passed away on July 4, 2019.  It is our goal at TPOM to build upon the legacy of these two great individuals and to continue the mission of reuniting with God, family, and community.