Last Sunday, Ben Rodill shared how God called him to prison ministry after his conversion in the mid ’80s. He currently volunteers with Gospel Jail Ministry and is eager to help other Christians love incarcerated men and women with the good news of the gospel. Check out his testimony below for information on how to get involved. We thank God for your example, Ben!

One morning in June 1978 while traveling to work through the back roads near Beaver Dam, VA, I narrowly avoided a head on collision with an oncoming vehicle, but in the process lost control of my car. I thought it was the end of my life as my car shot off the road, flipped and rolled over and over, until it came to a stop upside down. Miraculously, I escaped without a scratch and had sustained only minor bruises. But I was left with two sobering thoughts. First, my careless driving could have resulted in my wife being left with a 6 month old son to raise on her own. Second, God had saved me for a reason.

Seven years later in 1985, I came to the realization that God really does exist, and I committed my life to Jesus. The Bible says that God loves us, and that we are to love one another and “go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” I knew that was the reason I had been saved.

In 1988, the Lord called me into the prison ministry. Today, I’m serving in Gospel Jail Ministry, which goes into three Richmond area facilities:

  • The Henrico Juvenile Detention Center where Ben is doing most of his ministry work
  • The James River Juvenile Detention, in Maidens VA, where Jim Jastrzemski of Kingsway is currently serving
  • The Pamunkey Regional Jail in Hanover County

The harvest is plenty but the workers are few. We need more volunteers to help bring the good news to the teenagers at the Henrico Juvenile Detention Center. Please contact me if you would like more information about the ministry.

Matthew grew up attending KingsWay and joined the pastoral staff in 2009. God has blessed him and his wife, Aliza, with three rambunctious boys. Matthew did his undergraduate work at the University of Richmond in chemistry and political science, spent a year at the Sovereign Grace Pastor’s College, and received his Masters of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.


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