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October 24, 2017

Please be notified that Transforming Jail Ministries is moving from Sharonville to the Hamilton County Justice Center downtown. Moving forward, please send your mail to:

Transforming Jail Ministries
P.O. Box 198070
Cincinnati, OH 45219-9998

Our phone number and email addresses will remain the same, but our fax line will be removed moving forward. If you need to meet with us in person, please contact us ahead of time to setup a date and time that works best.



April 24, 2017


It is with great pleasure and anticipation that we tell you that Stuart Warren will be the new CEO of Transforming Jail Ministries. He has degrees in political science and Christian Education and  is currently a doctoral student at the University of Cincinnati. He also has leadership experience in both ministry and politics and experience in digital solutions. He and his wife, Emma, live in Northern Kentucky. The Board of TJM is pleased to welcome Stuart Warren as our new CEO and look forward to working with him as he leads us. He will begin his his time with us on June 19.






February 22, 2017


Our current CEO, Rev. W. Jack Marsh, has announced his retirement effective July 1, 2017. If you are interested in applying for the position send your resume' and request the job description, as we have already begun the interview process. You may contact our office at 794-9999 with additional questions.

The Board of Transforming Jail Ministries

Charlene Calhoun, President


January 12, 2017


The location of the orientation for Clergy Contact Visiting program has changed.  Effective immediately these orientations will be held at 4050 Executive Park Dr., Suite 410, Cincinnati, Ohio 45241 on the 2nd Tuesday of January, March, May, July, September and November. You may contact our office at 513-794-9999 for additional details.


July 29, 2016


We were advised this morning that we can no longer submit background checks using the online Obtaining Clearance form.  We must use the paper form containing your original signature. This is why the Obtaining Clearance form no longer appears on our website  Each Worship Team leader should have a copy of this form from which to make copies for their team members. We are attempting to get an electornic copy of the form from the sheriff's office, in pdf format, so you an download it and fill it out. 


October 15, 2015

This Invitation Is For Women Only! (Guys, please pass it on to the women in your life) As some of you know, our only daughter has developmental disabilities. Her name is Jennifer. As you might imagine, Jenifer had some struggles in school. Mary Overman was one of her best teachers. Our family remembers her with great respect and fondness. Mary was one of those teachers "who really cared" and "went above and beyond." You get the idea. Mary called a few weeks ago and told me about a group she is part of and their up coming event. She also asked if Transforming Jail Ministries would like to be one of the nonprofits they support this year. It was nice to be remembered and an honor to be asked. It is also a great opportunity you may find enjoyable as well. I hope you will review The Giving Party web site for additional information and ideas, especially if you willl not be joining us on November 12. The details and invitation are below.

CINCINNATI GIVING PARTY! Nov. 12th 6-9 p.m. 5461 Kenridge Dr.* Cincinnati, Ohio 45242 Get ready to gobble up the season and Give Until It Feels Good at the second annual Cincinnati Giving Party! Not sure what this is? Check out www.giving-party.org. Part girl power,part Thanksgiving giddiness, all altruistic, the Cincinnati Giving Party will be a cozy, fun party for girlfriends that doubles as fund - fundraiser for three local nonprofits: Dragonfly Foundation, Transforming Jail Ministries, James Saul Homeless Shelter.

Heavy apps and delicious drinks served with a hearty dose of good cheer! Can't come but want to give? Just let one of us know and we'll send you a self-addressed, stamped envelope and leave the giving up to you. We hope to see you there and look forward to raising a glass to toast the total!

Thank you for your support, Sara Kranson, Mary Overman* and Lois Pappas Swift

RSVP: roverman@cinci.rr.com by Nov. 7th


May 26, 2015


Our email is back up! We are now able to send and receive email for all of our accounts. We are also hopeful this will resolve some other problem people have been having with our email. PLease let us know if you continue to have difficulty contacting us via email. Thank you.

May 22, 2015

Our email is currently down. (contact@tjmi.org and jmarsh@tjmi.org) We hope to have it back up soon. We will let you know as soon as it is.

February 2, 2015

Over the past several weeks a number of people have let us know that they have been unable contact us through our email addresses. (contact@tjmi.org and jmarsh@tjmi.org). The problem appears to be with the email provider.  We are working on solving the problem.  If you are unable to reach us via our email please contact us at 513-794-9999. 


November 12, 2014

Dear Friends,


I recently attended a celebration and heard Victor give his testimony. He has written part of it to share with you.


At the age of 21, I was serving two years in our local work house jail when a prison ministry team came and ministered and prayed for me in such a way that, for the first time in my life, I thought about changing my ways and giving this Jesus a shot! They came back the following week and I talked with the pastor personally. He strongly, but politely, convinced me to accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior, which I did, and to my surprise, things did begin to change. This was in 1976. The biggest mistake I made was getting out and not finding a church home. As a result, I picked up some of the same old habits that landed me in jail. This time I was facing forty to one hundred years in the penitentiary!   Ironically, the same prison ministry team came to the local jail showed up there to water the plant some more! As a result I accepted Jesus not only in my mind, but also in my heart.


My born again birthday is March 18, 1986, ten years after the seed was planted. I serve in prison ministry to give back what was given to me. These men and women loved Jesus enough to rescue me. Now I love Him enough to rescue others.”

Victor has been trained as a jail chaplain, is part of the Greater New Hope Baptist Worship Team and assuming increasing leadership in the ministry.

Your donations enable our committed, caring volunteers to keep visiting those in jail. Sometimes a seed is sown. Sometimes a seed, long dormant, is warmed and nourished. God then brings it to life and it becomes more than a seed. But the best is when someone you ministered to returns to jail, not as a prisoner, but as a fellow disciple and ministry partner. Your contribution makes this kind of change possible.

Because of you, the ministry being done through Transforming Jail Ministries is provided at no charge to the prisoners, but it is not without costs. On the enclosed card we have listed some possible amounts you might contribute. Thank you for all you give to change the lives of those in jail. May God bless you throughout the coming Advent and Christmas season!

Serving by grace,


Rev. W. Jack Marsh



June 3, 2014

By the end of today you should see our new web site design. Much of the information, and even the look of some of the pages, is the same. However, there are some significant differences. In terms of how the home page is laid out, you will notice that the major programs each have their own headings. If you click on Quick Links in the upper right hand corner you will see a drop down list of the documents people most frequently access. Another change is that when you click on a heading it will open a page. (On our former site it was simply a heading and all of the pages were underneath it.

There are some new pages and others that we do not have ready to put up yet. Conversion was a bigger task that we imagined. We hope this site is more helpful and easier to use for you. Please help us by looking through the site and letting us know what you see that needs correcting or fine-tuning. We’re online but we’re not finished.

September 9, 2013

We are pleased to announce our new TJM Office Manager, Marjeane Sallada (pronounced sal a day).  She will begin her work with us on Tuesday, September 10 and her regular schedule will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. You can read about about Marjeane on the TJM Staff page of our web site.

June 27, 2013

If you are interested in potentially becoming part of  our Adult Jail Chaplaincy Team, or learning more about jail ministry, the information for the 2013 Adult Jail Chaplaincy training class can be found here.

August 28, 2012    Correctional Chaplains, Keepers of the Cloak   
Review by Jack Marsh

Last week I finished reading a book that has been a long time coming.  Correctional Chaplains, Keepers of the Cloak is, to paraphrase him, the life's work of Dr. Thomas Beckner.  Some of you know him.  Others may have heard of him.  He has served as a prison chaplain, led an aftercare program, produced a video series about prison ministry, developed and led a chaplaincy training school, supervised chaplains, and helped to grow and improve many jail and prison ministries.  Many of us are better for his influence in our lives.  He's been working in, and at it, for a long time.  His passion is that those who would answer the call to correctional chaplaincy will do so with a strong sense of pastoral identity and a commitment to continually improve their skills and ministry.

Correctional Chaplains is academically sound and practical for anyone in, or even thinking about, correctional chaplaincy. Reading through its pages we are educated, affirmed and challenged. Perhaps most importantly, we are reminded that we must always be clear about where our identity and authority, as chaplains, comes from and be very wary of seeking it, or approval, from any lesser source than God. This theme of identity runs through, and under girds, the whole book. Correctional Chaplains is also a very practical book.  Whether you are just getting started and need help developing volunteer job descriptions or never figured out how to measure, and tell someone else, what it is you do there is help to be found. At 166 pages this is not a long book, but there are no wasted words, and that is pretty much Tom himself.  As far as that thing about it being his life's work, it is a life well lived, and a gift to all of us. To learn more about Correction Chaplains and Dr. Thomas Beckner click here.

June 21, 2012

Effective immediately the Board of Transforming Jail Ministries is requiring all current and future volunteers complete and sign a WAIVER, RELEASE AND INDEMNIFICATION AGREEMENT (waiver) as part of the application process for all TJM programs. All current members of the Adult Jail Chaplaincy Team and/or a Worship Team must submit a signed and completed waiver to our office by September 15, 2012 or they will be removed from the program. Current participants in the Clergy Contact Visiting program will be required to complete and sign the waiver when they have their identification card produced and/or at the time of renewal. Forms that are not fully completed and signed will be shredded. If you have questions or concerns about the waiver, call Rev. Jack Marsh at 794-9999. The waiver can be downloaded here. 

June 20, 2012

On September 1, 2012 the email address tjmi@cinci.rr.com was shut down.  To contact Transforming Jail Ministries email us at contact@tjmi.org.