About Us

J.A.I.L. Ministry, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit jail ministry based in Belton, Texas. We have taken a special interest in the criminal justice system and conduct 45 Bible studies in the jail each week. An extensive number of volunteers work hard to engage the church and create a seamless structure that is focused on ministry.

Volunteer Visit at Bell County Jail with Johner Martin

Executive Director

Steve Cannon is responsible for the administration of all programs and aspects of our Christian ministry. He spent more than 35 years in radio, television, and advertising and was invited to our first meeting in 1987. Having worked on the Board Of Directors for many years, in 2003, he stepped into his current role as Executive Director.

Other Staff Members

Johner Martin is our Adult Volunteer Coordinator and Chemical Dependence Counselor, while Cheryl Baird is our Juvenile Services Coordinator. Both are Certified Restorative Therapists and Anger Management Specialists.

Ministering To Inmates

Our operations take place at the Bell County Law Enforcement Center, approximately 15 miles outside of Fort Hood, Texas, and the Juvenile Services Center in Killeen. We do a number of missions, including distributing free Bibles and Christian literature inside county jails. In addition, we offer anger resolution classes. Some inmates are required to take these nine-hour courses per court orders, and we issue certificates of completion to all participants. We also provide crisis support for the Bell County Sheriff's Office, according to the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation model.

Using Technology

Today, technology helps us reach inmates in the jail, and persons outside the jail through the ministry of radio. J.A.I.L. Ministry Radio features programs transmitted 24 hours a day, seven days a week inside the jail, and over the internet. We have also secured free broadcasting apps that are compatible with many Apple® and Android™ devices.

Other Undertakings

We are affiliated with Project Angel Tree®, a program of Prison Fellowship®, where gifts are presented to children of inmates. In addition to professions of faith, baptisms and re-dedications, we also conduct:

• Bible Studies • Church Services • Recovery Classes • Prayer Requests
• Volunteer Visits • Bible Correspondence Courses • The Quest for Authentic Manhood • Beth Moore's "Breaking Free"


View Our Annual Report for an overview of our activities between January 2018 to December 2018. Our Annual Report Glossary also presents a quick glance of all our volunteer programs available.