CJAMM welcomes new site director

Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries (CJAMM) has announced David Reffner as new site director and case manager for Exodus House Tulsa and The Parsonage House in Tulsa. Reffner has trained at Exodus ...

CJAMM to highlight work, trailblazers with virtual showcase and auction

Due to COVID-19, Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries will host a virtual CJAMM Showcase as an alternative to its Annual Silent Auction Benefit. The virtual fundraiser will celebrate success stories,...

CJAMM’s Redemption Church celebrates 25 years

Redemption Church, a congregation that intentionally seeks to minister to those who are currently and formerly incarcerated, recently held its 25th anniversary celebration at OKC-Penn Ave. The church ...

CJAMM aims to break cycles of incarceration

Criminal Jusice and Mercy Ministries shared their vision for “Breaking the Generational Cycles of Incarceration” during its annual banquet on Aug. 27. The evening featured dinner and a silent auction ...

New nonprofit turns coffee into employment

By Meagan Ewton   In a small basement office in Oklahoma City, a new non-profit is hoping coffee can address a societal problem: employment after incarceration. Red River Roasters is dreaming big and ...

CJAMM honors OCU program director with Stan Basler Award

By Tabitha Beckman On Tuesday, Sept. 11 the Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries (CJAMM) hosted a Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction to help support the continuing work of CJAMM and to present the ...

Prison encounter: "I will praise Him in the hallway"

BY KRISTEN HARLIN Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries Last month, I had the opportunity to go speak inside John Lilley Correctional Center at Boley, Okla. As I prepared my lesson, I began to pray ...

Campers on a mission

New Day youngsters circle up for prayer project By CHRIS SCHUTZ A prayer circle with benches, flowers in planters, and a fire pit overlooking Lake Texoma now greets campers at Cross Point Camp. ...

Event eases route to college

BY CHRIS SCHUTZ A ‌windstorm and power outage couldn’t blow away the ‌excitement recently for some young people getting practical help for their college dreams, through the guidance of CJAMM ...

Stillwater couple gets CJAMM award for service

BY HOLLY MCCRAY Volunteer Jim Key made his first trip inside prison walls in 1994, at McAlester. He took with him food that Jean Key had helped prepare, as a United Methodist team introduced a ...

Camp changes adults too - Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries

Will you volunteer a week of your time for a child whose parent is in jail? Search for "New Day Camp" at www.okumc.org.   New Day Camps blessed not only the 121 children who attended in 2016, ...

CJAMM’S New Day Camp

Volunteer: ‘I can’t wait to go again’ BY ELLEN LYONS I hear stories that often include the phrase "I felt God’s call" or "God spoke to me" so often that I find myself slightly skeptical of God’s ...

Ex-offender says thanks for grant to Exodus House

by susan henry-crowe Earlier this year, I received a wonderful letter from Meagan Gaddis, a 27-year-old woman from Oklahoma City. She was writing to thank the General Board of Church & Society for ...

Harlin leads CJAMM as new director

Kristen Harlin of Sapulpa joined the Conference in April as executive director of CJAMM (Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries). A native of Little, Okla., she holds a bachelor’s degree in ...

Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries - Volunteer of Year extends honor to all who help

BY HOLLY MCCRAY Two men made clear God’s good work through Criminal Justice & Mercy Ministries (CJAMM) when they spoke at a recent Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. About 60 people saw Steve Bear of...

Just causes -- Leathers’ advocacy rocks

By HOLLY McCRAY Adam Leathers rocks it, literally and metaphorically. A keen free climber*, he’s scaled cliffs in Arkansas and Colorado, and in Oklahoma’s Wichita and Arbuckle Mountains. He ...

CJAMM director responds after execution causes outcry

By HOLLY McCRAY News media began calling clergyman Adam Leathers after the controversial Oklahoma execution on April 29 of Clayton Lockett, who killed Stephanie Neiman in 1999. In the state that ...

Breaking out in the Spirit

The Conference Strategic Plan underscores the importance of both individual leadership and ministry partnerships to be fruitful for Christ in Oklahoma. Methodism’s founder, John Wesley, emphasized ...

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