We turn bad pasts into
great futures!

Our history

In 1990, Inmate Discipler Fellowship (IDF) began as a cooperative ministry of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, Texas Baptist Men, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Tarrant Baptist Association, North Richland Hills Baptist Church and JES Foundation. Initially, the goal was to connect seminary students as mentors with incarcerated offenders enrolled in seminary extension courses. As offender enrollments continued to escalate it became evident that seminary students could not be recruited at a sufficient rate to meet the mentoring goals of the ministry.


As the Texas Department of Criminal Justice entered a growth era in the 1990s, a request was made to IDF to provide integrative discipleship and life skills courses to meet the needs of offenders. Additionally, the need to recruit volunteers who would teach small groups became a new paradigm for IDF. A partnership was developed with the Baptist Sunday School Board which became LifeWay Christian Resources to provide discounted curriculum in the prisons and jails of Texas and to support the effort of Christian ministries in other states. Courses were also made available from a variety of Christian publishing companies as well as individual ministries that have given IDF permission to reproduce their material for use in Restorative Justice Ministry settings.


IDF has served as a ministry vehicle for churches and associations to share the Good News of Jesus Christ through discipleship courses with offenders in 280 prisons and jails in 26 states. God has truly blessed as opportunity is given for convicted felons to transform their lives through the transforming power of dedicated Christian volunteers who commit to disciple the “least of these”.

Our Board of Directors

  • Dr. Randy Newberry, President

    • Retired TBM Men's Ministry Director & Foreign Missionary​


  • Bill Kleiber – Secretary/Treasurer

    • President, Welcome Back Texas Ministries​


  • Don Gibson

    • Retired TBM Executive Director​


  • Dr. Jim Brazzil

    • Retired TDCJ Chaplain & Death Row Mediator​


  • Charles Grant

    • LifeWay Representative & Church Starting Consultant​

Our Executive Director

  • James A. (Jim) Young

    • Retired TDCJ Chaplaincy Program Administrator​

In Honorarium
Mark Howard Hollis
Long Time IDF Executive Director
In Memorium
Emmett Solomon
TDCJ Director of Chaplains
Restorative Justice Ministry Leader
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TDCJ Governor's Award