Who We Are

“Christian Chaplain Services provides the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept. and the inmates they minister to a vital service. They are instrumental in keeping the tension level down throughout our network of jails and their efforts have brought purpose into the lives of many of those who had long ago given up.”

Sherman Block - Former Sheriff
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept.

A Message from the Executive Director

Prison Ministry of America (PMA) is a ministry of compassion with a focus on outreach to our community, evangelism and discipleship to the poor in spirit and those experiencing incarceration. James 5:11 says, “The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.” We endeavor to always live out our faith and be Christ-like to the extent humanly possible, bearing with one another in kindness, love, mercy and compassion, as God has done with us. This organization is a religious nonprofit, a 501 (c)(3) charity set up to provide resources, hope and light to those experiencing incarceration. It is a walk of faith and has been a labor of love since 1926 (formerly known as Christian Chaplain Services and Christian Jail Workers). We will fall short in this walk, but will keep the faith that this is a plan God has laid out and will be ever mindful of His calling in everything we do.

Prison Ministry of America (PMA) is holding fast during these trying economic times, bringing hope and restoration through literature, prayer and spiritual counseling to men and women who have been incarcerated. PMA is one of the last remaining organizations in the country that provides an in-prison evangelistic program where prisoners can acquire Bibles and Christian literature at no cost. The support and counseling provided by PMA Chaplains is a vital link to restoration and healing for those vulnerable people we serve. PMA’s professionally trained outreach teams consist of pastors, teachers, evangelists and musicians who present the Gospel message through strategically designed programs consisting of scripture study, worship, and testimony of how Jesus Christ can and will transform lives.


Chaplain Mark speaking.

The wonderful thing about God’s plan is that we are mutually blessed when we serve. It is not by our works anything is accomplished; but it is God working through us, with resources and wisdom offering a message of hope in Christ. We are all recipients of God’s undeserved grace and mercy, and it is a blessing to be of service. I know you will be blessed working with PMA. As you pour out, you will be filled back up.

I want to welcome you to this exciting new adventure and assure you that your family and your life-plan is important to the leadership of PMA. We will do whatever we can to provide ongoing training and professional development opportunities for our chaplains, employees and ministry partners. We want to be a strong viable community partner for years to come and we are only as strong as the people who serve alongside us. So you are a treasure to PMA, and I’m sure it will be a joy to serve here.

May God bless you abundantly for your service to Him and his people.
God speed,

Chaplain Mark Maciel


Vision

To inform local churches and chaplains that we are available to train and help ministries; to come alongside them in their efforts to reach and minister to the incarcerated, cutting into the discouraging facts of recidivism when an individual’s life is changed through the gospel.

Also, to assist those released in attaining productive lives through discipleship and recovery homes, allowing critical time needed for growth knowing Satan’s strategy is to station his forces at the exits of our jails, prisons and juvenile halls.

The heart, purpose and vision of Prison Ministry of America is to continue to bring the message of abundant life through faith in Jesus Christ to citizens in their lowest hour…their time of greatest spiritual need.

Mission Statement

Prison Ministry of America (PMA) is an non-profit organization - A Faith Ministry Providing Chaplains for Law Enforcement, Jails and Prisons.

This organization is designed to bring hope and restoration through literature, prayer, and spiritual counseling to those who have experienced incarceration.

  • We provide trained Chaplains and volunteer workers to prisons, jails and juvenile placement facilities.
  • We provide Bible and literature distribution to individuals who are currently incarcerated, and their families.
  • We conduct Bible studies, biblical advice and worship services at various prison and jail facilities; and youth activities at juvenile placement facilities.
  • We operate two residential recovery homes in Southern California, dedicated to restoration through discipleship and regeneration of God’s Word
  • We have a long-standing history of service to the criminal justice system and have served in prison facilities all over the world, with jail Chaplaincy contracts in San Bernardino County, Kern County and Los Angeles County Jails; as well as the Los Angeles County Youth and Women’s Placement Facilities. We’ve served all of the juvenile and camp facilities at one time or another.

Core Values

Future For All

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)

Faith

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Romans 10:17 (NKJV)

Compassion

But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.
Matthew 9:36 (NKJV)

Service

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.
Mark 10:45 (NKJV)

Love

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
John 15:13 (NKJV)

Integrity

Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, For I wait for You.
Psalm 25:21 (NKJV)

Inspiration

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.
2 Timothy 3:16 (NKJV)

Information

But there is a spirit in man, And the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding.
Job 32:8 (NKJV)

Gospel

How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?
Romans 10:14 (NKJV)

Inclusive

And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.
1 John 2:2 (NKJV)

Faithfulness

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
Hebrews 10:23 (NKJV)

Hope

For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.
Romans 8:24-25 (NKJV)


We are a faith ministry providing Chaplains to Law Enforcement, Jails and Prison's. In addition to our Law Enforcement Chaplaincy, we provide a Second Chance Ministry, were we have a Men and Women's 9 month recovery home.

Prison Ministry of America publishes materials for life changing testimony's and insperational documentation.

Services

Recovery Homes

House of Jeremiah and House of Esther was established in 1993 and continues to grow.

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Chaplaincy

Chaplains are expected to serve the spiritual and emotional needs of others.

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Anger Management classes

What can families gain from the individual taking this course:

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Domestic Violence classes

Bringing awareness of the short-term and long-term consequences of domestic violence.

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Parenting classess

Parenting Course overview

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Shield of Faith

Our chaplaincy program began in 2014 with just a few pastors.

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Publishing

Why Testimony Books are Important

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PMA Bible Study/Fellowship

Join us every Tuesday night at 7:00pm at Calvary Chapel Downey. (In the Cafe)

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PMA Team Behind Walls

The vision for our team is for us to be effective in our services. This vision includes a desire for men and women to be raised...

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We are a faith ministry providing Chaplains to Law Enforcement, Jails and Prison's. In addition to our Law Enforcement Chaplaincy, we provide a Second Chance Ministry, were we have a Men and Women's 9 month recovery home.

Prison Ministry of America publishes materials for life changing testimony's and insperational documentation.

Meet The Team

Mike Reed

Correctional Chaplaincy, Men's Central, Los Angeles County Jail

Chaplain Mike Reed, is the Senior Chaplain for the Men's Central jail in Los Angeles.

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Tony Ayala

Correctional Chaplaincy, Twin Tower's, Los Angeles

My name is Antonio Ayala married to Martha Ayala, I’ve lived in the City of Norwalk since 1976. I have been self employed since 1989 as a Broker/owner...

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Martha Ayala

Correctional Chaplaincy, Twin Tower's, Los Angeles

My name is Martha Ayala married to Antonio Ayala, I’ve lived in the City of Norwalk since 1976.

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Jerry Davis

Correctional Chaplaincy

Chaplain Jerry Davis has been involved in prison ministry for the past 20 years. He is a volunteer Chaplain for services at Los Angeles County Men’s Central Jail,

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Marisa Davis

Correctional Chaplaincy

I have a love for the lost. I have 24 years experience in New Life Prison Ministry Domestic in the United States and Internationally in Mexico, Russia, South Pacific.

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Debra Nussaum

Chaplaincy

At a young age, Debra was drawn into a dark world of drugs, alcohol, and prostitution. For 25 years she was lost in a sea of corruption, in and out of jail and rehab;

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Joshua Moore

Correctional Chaplaincy

I have been greatly blessed to be involved with prison ministry for the last 18 years and counting, and as a chaplain for Prison Ministry of America (PMA), for the last 3 years.

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Mike Franely

Correctional Chaplaincy

I did my first prison ministry work with the Bill Glass Day of Champions, and Chuck Colson’s Prison Fellowship.

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Tracy Hale

Correctional Chaplaincy, Kern County

After marrying and relocating to Bakersfield, Tracy had a true Salvation experience with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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Mike Pitocco

Correctional Chaplaincy, Kern County

I Spent 12 years with the Calif Youth Authority, then 21 years with CDCR as a Correctional Counselor.

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~ Isaiah 61:1-3

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, 2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, 3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.

About PMA

Prison Ministry of America (PMA) is a ministry of compassion with a focus on outreach to our community, evangelism and discipleship to the poor in spirit and those experiencing incarceration.

Location
  • 8129 Somerset Blvd., Paramount, CA 90723
  • P: +1 (562) 531-0117
  • F: +1 (562) 531-2269
  • E: info@pmausa.org
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