Chaplaincy Services

Chaplain Betty Brown, Director
4263 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4263
Phone: (984) 255-6170

Ministry to the incarcerated is as old as incarceration itself. Chaplaincy in North Carolina prisons dates back to the 1880s.

Annually, countless numbers of worship services, scripture studies, seminars counseling sessions, segregation visits and special events are conducted by chaplains. The number of inmates, staff, families and volunteers touched by the combined ministries of these people of God who are called chaplains is immense. The positive impact on society when one prisoner's life is transformed in immeasurable.

Prison chaplaincy is a special ministry of opportunity. It can be a rewarding spiritual endeavor for those persons who have felt a divine call to this challenging ministry. If you have experienced a call to correctional chaplaincy and would like to apply or receive further information, contact the director of Chaplaincy Services.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Address religious issues of all faiths
  • Advise staff on religious issues
  • Supervise religious activities
  • Plan and facilitate religious activities
  • Participate in meetings and training Identify and provide resources for all faiths

Ministerial Responsibilities

  • Conduct and facilitate religious services and studies
  • Counsel inmates, staff and families
  • Provide pastoral care to inmates, staff and families  

Clinical Chaplains I, II & III (Full-time state paid) 

  • Graduate of an accredited 4 year college or university
  • Graduate from an (ATS) accredited school of theology or divinity with minimum of masters of divinity
  • Ordained or community faith supported
  • In good standing with faith group
  • CPE: Minimum of one year (4 units) or the equivalency for Chaplain I 
  • Additional training for Chaplains II & III is required

Clinical Chaplain I (Contract only)
Same as state-paid Clinical Chaplain I

Community Funded / Volunteer Chaplain
Many correctional units with smaller inmate populations depend on volunteer chaplains or community funded chaplains. These chaplains serve either part-time or full-time. These chaplains must have the same qualifications as a Clinical Chaplain I.

Vision Statement

Our vision is to provide the highest quality leadership to inmates and staff for spiritual awareness and development as it relates to personal and community life by:

  • Providing an inclusive ministry that connects and prepares persons for life beyond the walls
  • Offering opportunities for spiritual growth
  • Being a voice of hope for the hopeless
  • Modeling decency and high moral standards

Mission Statement

  • To prepare for the needs and challenges of the future
  • To make the most efficient use of limited resources
  • To provide quality caring, effective, efficient, professional religious ministries to clients
  • To strengthen relationships with other disciplines in support of the orderly operation of and management of the institutions in prisons
  • To serve as a consultant for management regarding inmate requests for religious services and other issues
  • To recognize and respond to the rapid change, growth and increasing complexity of the criminal justice system

Guiding Principles

  • To be instruments of God's love, care and peace
  • To respect the value/worth of every person
  • To promote equality, fairness, justice and mercy
  • To treat others as we want to be treated
  • To develop community among chaplains
  • To support the mission of the Division of Adult Correction

Chaplaincy Services's Transitional Aftercare Network (TAN)
“Transforming Lives through a Spirit of Excellence”

To train and equip residents of various pre-release programs with the necessary skills and resources needed to become productive members of society.

Our goal is to train individuals, churches and other ministry organizations to provide aftercare through an educational forum within their own counties. This is done so ex-offenders can study and grow during their transitional phase. Trained mentors will provide guidance, encouragement, coping and life coaching skills in collaboration with the prison administration and Chaplaincy Services support.