“…I was in prison, and you visited me.” (Matthew 25:36)


A Community spiritually freed from the effects of imprisonment reaching all impacted by incarceration, through the love, hope, and faith found in Jesus Christ.


The mission of the Kairos Prison Ministry is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women and youth, as well as their families, to become loving and productive citizens of their communities.


Kairos Prison Ministry Core Values guide our behavior and actions as a board, staff, and volunteers:

Lay-led, Christ Centered Ministry

We are Christians who believe in the Holy Trinity and honor and live the teachings of the Bible and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We conduct the ministry while inviting all to attend as Guests or Participants in Weekends and program-specific follow-on activities to build Christian Community.

Empowerment while Building Accountability

While we empower the local volunteers to conduct the ministry, we are accountable to excellence and performance at the highest standards and authority of the ministry. We empower Guests or Participants to be accountable for their lives and be transformed by Jesus Christ.

Continuing Ministry Model to Build Community

We believe in the importance of enabling relationships to build community, thus our model includes the Weekend experience followed by Guests or Participants gathering regularly for accountability, support, and prayer. The full complement of the well-defined returning model is necessary for the community to prosper.


We believe that we must be honest and truthful in our personal conduct as we represent the ministry consistently and with integrity. We are obedient to God in everything we do and obedient to the guidelines of the Kairos ministry programs.

Respect and Love

We believe in respecting each person with dignity while modeling Christ love. We practice ‘Listen, Listen, Love, Love.'


We believe that we must be good stewards of our ministry’s programs, funds and resources, as well as our personal time, talent, and treasures.


Kairos Prison Ministry in Missouri

Christian - Kairos volunteers represent the Christian faith and present a Christian perspective.

Ecumenical - Kairos volunteers come from many Christian denominations, but present only those principles that all share in common.

Lay led - Kairos leadership is drawn from lay persons, although clergy play a vital role.

Volunteer - Kairos is an overwhelmingly volunteer organization, with over 35,000 volunteers worldwide.

Ministry - Kairos ministers to incarcerated individuals, their families, and those who work with them.