NBA Prison and Jail Ministries

Affinity Group

A collaborative ministry addressing justice issues within America’s prisons and jails.

The NBA connects collaborative communities of Disciples working together on particular health and social service justice issues through Affinity Group Ministries. Through the NBA Prison and Jail Ministries Affinity Group, we focus on supporting congregations and individuals as they engage in prison- and jail-related ministries, and connecting conversations across Disciples-related ministries in order to strengthen this work.

"It seems that creative, innovative methods for an obviously dysfunctional criminal justice system are now necessary...together, we can explore and exchange new ideas and approaches." --Rev. Dean Bucalos, Mission Specialist, NBA Prison and Jail Ministries

Our Work

The work of the Prison and Jail Ministries Affinity Group centers around inspiration, advocacy, and education, including:

Stories and Resources

Learn more and engage with NBA Prison and Jail Ministries through:

  • Our blog series, discussing important justice issues and highlighting a variety of ministries that are making an ongoing difference in this work
  • Our webinar series, exploring topics such as mass incarceration, mentoring programs for returning citizens, the use of prolonged solitary confinement, juvenile justice and restorative justice, and the connections between mental illness and incarceration, and safe sanctuary protocols, among others.
  • NBA's "Called to Care" eNewsletter, a monthly email featuring stories across Disciples health and social service ministries - sign up here! 

Our Team

Our Partners

Much of this work cannot be accomplished without the collaboration and encouragement of our ministry partners: Reconciliation Ministry, Disciples Center for Public Witness, Disciples Justice Action Network, Disciples Home Missions, UCC Justice and Witness Ministries, and the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. Additionally, we're pleased to also work with ministry partners like Mission Behind Bars and Beyond and Urban Mission through the NBA Incubate Initiative and Disciples Care Exchange. We look forward to deepening our partnerships and shared work in 2017!

Join Us!

To learn more and get involved, please contact Rev. Dean Bucalos, Mission Specialist for NBA Prison and Jail Ministries, at, and/or complete the form below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Webinar: Broken Families, Broken Souls: The Impact of the U.S. Immigration System on Children and Families

January 18, 2018

This webinar will explain what trauma is, share stories of those who’ve experienced immigration trauma, and what the church can do to make a difference.

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Stewart Detention Center, in the town of Lumpkin, Georgia

Being with Jonathan

November 21, 2017

"What is the value of disconnection and isolation? Who benefits?" Rev. Nora Jacob gets a glimpse into life at a federal detention center on a visit with the NBA Prison and Jail Ministries Peer Group.

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2018 Webinar Calendar

March 28, 2018

Take a look at the webinars the National Benevolent Association will be presenting throughout 2018. Check back for additional information and registration details as we make updates throughout the year!

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VIDEO: "Baptism Behind the Bars"

Webinar: Becoming a Welcoming Church: Safe Sanctuary Protocols

In this webinar, you will learn from a legal expert the conditions and restrictions applicable to those convicted of sex offenses, and from a pastor, how to establish protocols and procedures that make it possible to welcome them into your faith community.

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Dean Bucalos

Mission Specialist, Prison and Jail Ministries Affinity Group

Hector J. Hernandez

Peer Group Convener, Prison and Jail Ministries; Hispanic Outreach Coordinator, Mental Health Initiative