Impact Georgia Magazine April - Page 10

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Jimbo Head

Johnson State Prison

Within the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC), there are many programs available to offenders, most of which are possible due to the efforts of volunteers.

One such volunteer is Jimbo Head, who oversees prison ministry at The Center for Executive Leadership.

Through the use of small-group programs, Head and other local community volunteers provide weekly discipleship through an interactive, faith-based curriculum in state and federal prisons.

“The motivation I have as a volunteer is to fulfill the purpose God has for me, which is to lead, encourage and motivate men to know their true identity and get connected to the eternal purpose that God has for them,” he said.

Working in seven Georgia state facilities, Head and the prison ministry have worked with more than 450 men.

Head said his relationship began with GDC through a business associate who introduced him to Jim Donald, a former commissioner with the agency. After talking with Donald, Head was then introduced to Chaplain Steven Turner.

“Upon familiarizing myself with the content and program resources, Dr. Turner encouraged me to contact a few Chaplains at various facilities and present the program and try to get our program on their calendar and available to the inmate men,” he said.

Since then, Head said working with GDC has helped him produce "some of the most meaningful personal relationships" in his life.

“Having the opportunity to serve in the GDC has impacted my life personally in so many ways,” he said. “The GDC allows me to do something I love and have been called by God to do, make an eternal impact in the lives of men.”

Head said, however, he has to give all the credit to someone else.

“I would first like to recognize that Jesus Christ alone is responsible for any and all credit that is due. We as volunteers simply ‘plant and water.’ The spiritual transformation that is taking place in the lives of these inmate men is attributable to what only Christ can do.”

Although he knows some people would have objections to volunteering in a prison, Head said he would simply tell them his story.

"I would share my personal experiences as to why I serve and what it does for me. I believe any objections will take care of themselves and allow them to more easily serve in this environment or encourage them to seek and serve in a different arena."

By Marcus Floyd | marcus.floyd@gdc.ga.gov