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The Journey Continues: Chaplain Brenda Spire

Sunday, March 10, 2019

On my journey as pastor at Redwood Baptist Church, part of my routine was visiting the Hays County Jai. This was in constancy with the Bible.

“When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you? The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’” Matthew 25:39-40

My contact visits were coordinated by Chaplain Brenda Spire who has served in this capacity for over 5 years. She was always helpful, and I judged her ministry as very effective. The Hays County Jail is a 362-bed detention facility with 104 certified male and female corrections officers or peace officers (sheriff’s deputies). The jail books an average of 8,000 inmates a year. The Sheriff’s website states: “she oversees and coordinates religious services and Bible study conducted by volunteers of different denominations." My friend, Brother Jack Carson, has for the past 14 years volunteered faithfully once a week for three hours. He does Bible study and offers spiritual counseling. Various other programs includes Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and other inmate requested rehabilitative services. On or before release, inmates are encouraged to discuss their plans with Chaplain Spire or another counselor. At the time of their release, she may refer them to outreach ministries or churches that can help with their transition into the community. She is also the wife to Dennis Spire, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church for 29 years, and the mother of three adult children and three grandchildren. Her life verse is:

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Just a reminder to all believers:

“Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow-prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.” Hebrews 13:3

Keep Hays County Jail, the staff and the inmates in our prayers.