Alpha Prison & Reentry

How to Run Alpha in Prisons

Alpha Course and Reentry Model



Alpha is for those inmates who volunteer for the program, taught by trained volunteers, is low key and not-threatening approach to a values driven lifestyle.

Alpha generally runs over a period of 15 weeks and can be present shorter or extended as determined by the Alpha Volunteer and Chaplain.

At each 2- 2.5 hour sessions the is fellowship over food and/or drinks, where possible followed by a talk on the subject central to the Christian faith. Those talks are presented through the Alpha course video series. After the talk, participants divide into pre-arranged small groups, in which they remain for the duration of the Alpha course. The groups provide participants with opportunity to discuss the talk in an environment where each person is free to ask or say whatever they wish.

We want to equip you with all of the essential resources and training for you to successfully run Alpha for Prisons & Reentry.

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       Why Alpha in Prisons

Mission Field In Our Own Backyard



Many people in prison feel a desperate sense of loss and have a deep hunger for meaning in life.  Jesus Christ is the only one who can satisfy this hunger. Alpha helps answer some for the questions about the Christian faith and the meaning of life .

The vision of Alpha for Prisons is the evangelization of our prisons by giving every man and woman in prison the opportunity to come to know Jesus through participating in the Alpha course and the transformation of society through the establishment of prison ministries in local churches.

* 7 million Americans in jails, prisons or on parole or probation.

* 2.5 million Americans are confined in prisons

* 67% will re-offend within 3 years of release & 40% returning to prison.

* 50% of inmates that try Alpha report making a commitment to Christ or Re-dedicating their life.

Terry Strom is a National Alpha Prisons & Reentry Advisor and Executive Director of Ministry for Discipleship Unlimited which operates faith-based and Reentry dorms in multiple prisons in Texas.


          What others say

Leaders and Partners



Meet our team, learn about our history, and see testimonies and endorsements from around the US.

The Gospel message proclaimed through the Alpha ministry helps these men and women to redefine their lives within a faith context, and to reclaim and live lifestyles driven by grace, mercy, and appropriate attitudes and relationships. Exposure to devout and committed Christian volunteers, who are living and demonstrating their faith through their service to others, presents excellent role models to the inmates.  Bob Hehn,Alpha Mid Atlantic Ministries
Ron Smith is a retired Police Officer who hosts the Alpha course for prisons in Overland Park, KS. This is his experience of the Alpha course. 

Partner with Us

Alpha USA Prison and Reentry has been a very vital instrument that God has used to reach the unreachable.  There are many ways to help, as a local volunteer, helping bring the alpha course to a jail or prison, as a prayer partner or to raise funds as an individual or couple to help reach more inmates with the Gospel. If you are considering getting involved we can accomplish a tremendous amount and make a real difference. Can we count on you?

Contact Us

Jack Cowley   National Director   

 M/  918 231-8847  O/ 940-692-1840

Bruce Paulus   National Deputy Director

 M/ 937 621-1930

 Lou Ronna Richardson   Assistant to National Director   

  M/ 314 607-8850


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