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2015 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Euless Church Receives Governor’s 2015 Criminal Justice Volunteer Award

Photo of Award Winner(s) Members of the Chainbreaker Ministry photographed with Keynote Speaker Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht, Texas Department of Criminal Justice Executive Director Brad Livingston and Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Oliver Bell.

(AUSTIN) – Chainbreaker Ministry of Euless, Texas was presented the Religious Service Award during the Governor’s 2015 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award program today.

The award was presented by Oliver Bell, Chairman of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice, and TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston.

“We’re grateful for the efforts of these award recipients,” said Livingston. “These everyday heroes are making a profound and lasting impact on the lives of individuals across the State of Texas.”

“Through their grace and their love, these volunteers touch the lives of many Texans,” said Bell. “They assist agency staff, and they help the offenders and their families have a chance for a better life - impacting generations to come.”

The Chainbreaker Ministry is a motorcycle ministry that includes a Christian rock band described as “Lynyrd Skynyrd meets Stevie Ray Vaughn on steroids.” Chainbreaker members John Compala, Jay Harris and John Henry arrive the night before an event to invite offenders to their performance. The next morning they ride around the unit on their motorcycles to “wake up the offenders” in advance of the concert.

Other programs facilitated by Chainbreaker Ministry include teaching discipleship classes at the Middleton Unit in Abilene, a faith-based deliverance class in Watauga that is approved by the Tarrant County Parole and Probation Departments and ministering at juvenile detention facilities in Mart and at the Kimbo Road Juvenile Detention Facility in Fort Worth.

The Chainbreaker Ministry is one of 5 organizations and 16 individuals from across the state recognized for their efforts to help inmates and those who are on parole or probation. They donate many hours of their personal time every year with the goal of changing the lives of convicted offenders, and aiding and comforting their victims.

In FY2014, there were 21,492 volunteers who served a total of 427,345 hours.

Note to media: For more information, contact Robert C. Hurst, TDCJ Public Information Officer, at 936-437-6052 or by e-mail at robert.hurst@tdcj.texas.gov. Photos of award recipients will be available on the TDCJ Web site at http://www.tdcj.texas.gov. For high resolution photos, please contact Jene Andersen at jene.andersen@tdcj.texas.gov.