was born into a strict Christian (Church of God) home and called
to the mission field at age 12 while attending a revival –
and again the summer before my senior year. Being raised in
a home where the answer was always “NO” and “You
can’t”, I wanted to be like other young people and
just have a good time. I wanted to do things my own way, so
I ran from God until I was 43 years old and I couldn’t
run any further. After going through a traumatic experience
in my life, I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior while watching
PTL and the 700 Club. My eight year old son had begun getting
up at 6AM and watching the Christian station until it went off
at 1:30 PM and I began to watch a little each morning with him.
One morning I watched it with him from 6 to 1:30 and the next
morning he didn’t come in to watch with me – he
said he wanted to watch cartoons in his own room – but
I was hooked. I saw in the 700 Club and PTL something I wanted
in my life.
After I gave my life to Him, the Lord called me into the prison
ministry right away. I wanted to be in the healing ministry,
but one morning while praying I surrendered and said, “Lord,
I want what you want,” and He spoke clearly and said,
“It’s the Prison Ministry!” My husband was
old school, thinking women’s place was at home in the
kitchen. As I approached him and began to share with him what
the Lord was talking to me about, he said, “If I had my
druthers, I would rather you stayed at home – but if this
is God, then I’m afraid to say anything against it.”
So I began my Christian journey that has allowed me the privilege
of being a part of thousands of souls being won to the Lord.
For 30 years I have worked with Sherry
Wright and Bill Logsdon (and countless others), sharing the
Word of God in the jails, prisons, youth centers and halfway
houses. In 1988, Pastor Bob Rodgers asked Bill and me to begin
a prison ministry here at Evangel. Again, the Lord spoke to
me and said, “I want you to build a prison ministry for
Evangel.” We started with nothing except a call from God
and a worn out car with our office in the trunk, and with His
help have built the ministry into what it is today. Praise God!
I gave my heart
to God when I was 9 years old. A short time later my family
stopped going to church, so of course, I didn’t want to
go anymore either. Even as early as 9 years old I started doing
things that were wrong. I began taking things that did not belong
to me. All of those things I did wrong started me on a life
of criminal behavior and a lot of bad choices, especially with
men. After many years of living in darkness and misery, God
touched my life and brought me to a point of decision for Him
- I was 30 years old and I’ve never looked back. God has
been so faithful to me and my children. Now, my work in the
prison ministry is reaching out to others and letting them know
that Jesus loves them and that He has a great plan for their
lives even though their life may have been a mess.
I was raised
in church, but I didn’t really have a relationship with
Jesus until I was in my thirties. In 1992, the pastor of the
church we attended challenged the congregation to read the Bible
through that year. I had never read the Bible for myself so
I sat down one day and started with Genesis. By the time I got
to the Gospels, I was in love with Jesus – But I knew
there was something missing. I needed more of God and I began
searching for all of Him. During that time, God led me to watch
the 700 Club and I saw on there something I craved. They truly
believed in the Power of God and God was answering their prayers!
One night while watching it and praying along with Ben Kincheloe
and Pat Robertson – Ben had a word of knowledge about
a woman being healed of migraines. That was me! I received it
for myself. I had suffered with migraines for six years and
after that night, I was free! After this, the small denominational
church we attended just did not satisfy me any more. He eventually
led us to join Evangel. That was ten years ago.
After about a year, God began dealing with me
about volunteering in the prison ministry. Like many people,
I just did not want to check into it – though if asked
why, I could not have given you a valid reason. Looking back
over the years, I can now see where God was directing everything
in my life to get me ready for this particular ministry! I always
loved typing and office work. I had been a home school mom and
had my own typing business for 14 years. In 1999, God orchestrated
things so that I began helping Nadine Daugherty, the Director,
with letters and other typing needs at home. Then in early 2000,
I began working in the office to help out and I became a pen
pal with the ministry. The office had one computer, two volunteers,
one correspondence course, and a small pen pal ministry. We’ve
come a long way since then! I’m so glad I obeyed God’s
direction and volunteered to help. There is no place I’d
rather serve than the prison ministry!
Pen Pal Coordinator
Since age 23,
I have been living for the Lord. I ministered in teaching and
am a prayer warrior (an intercessor). Four years ago, the Lord
called me to the Prison Ministry. Since that time, I have seen
many inmates saved and lives changed. I have also seen many
healings, deliverances, and the restoration of families. I continue
to receive letters from inmates who have turned their lives
around. Although the wait list for a pen pal is very long, Christian
literature is sent to them on a monthly basis.
The Pen Pal Ministry is involved in writing and discipling
inmates in all 50 states of the USA as well as Africa, England
and Australia. Our ministry offers friendship, prayer and guidance
to those inmates who are in need of a friend. Most of our inmates
are already a Christian, but we occasionally have the opportunity
to bring one to the Lord.
We recruit volunteers from all over the United States. If you
are interested in being a pen pal, please fill out our volunteer
God will bless you abundantly for ministering
to those in prison. “Remember those in prison
as though bound with them.” Hebrews 13:3.
Gloria Sunshine Taylor
Prayer Line Coordinator
“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord,
all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness. Come before His
presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord is God: it is
He that hath made us, and not we ourselves, we are His people,
and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him and
bless His name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting;
and His truth endureth to all generations”. Psalm 100
I was raised
in a Christian home by parents who taught me that the Bible
is the way of life. At eight years old, I accepted the Lord
into my heart in a Baptist church we attended as a family. I
graduated from Central High School and attended a business school
that prepared me for my years in the work force.
My first job was at Quarter Master Depot in
Indiana where I worked until V-J Day. After which I went to
Mammoth Insurance Co. and worked for 7 ½ years. In leaving
Mammoth, I believed it was time to move on, so I applied and
was accepted at the Police Headquarters for the City of Louisville.
While working at Police Headquarters, I had an opportunity to
attend the Jerry B. Walker 17 week revival at Evangel. I never
went back to the Baptist church. I have been at Evangel ever
since and have truly grown spiritually.
After retirement from the Police Headquarters,
I became a Chaplain for a nursing home program for 2 ½
years after which I went to work for the Lord’s Kitchen
for 14 years. During that time, I began to work in the Prison
Ministry and went to the Correctional Center and worked with
Pam Wilhite at Metro for 14 years. Every morning beginning twelve
years ago, I began praying with Nadine Daugherty on the phone
from 5:30 to 6:30 A.M. Sherry Wright began praying with us about
11 years ago. Since then, Pam Wilhite and Paula Pearson have
joined us. We have never missed one morning of prayer in these
14 years. If one of us is gone on vacation, etc, the others
still pray. We have seen miracle after miracle and prayer after
“To God Be the Glory!
We plan on occupying until He comes!!!”
Join the Prayer Line
an application) get a partner, begin to pray and see the
hand of God move in your life and your family.
Prison Ministry Coordinator
again in April 1974, God opened many doors for Ministry. 15
years ago, I got involved in doing Bible studies in the Prison
Ministry. I shared the Gospel with many prison inmates. Presently,
I am active at KCIW (Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women)
and with the help of Debra Huff studies are held every Tuesday
night in the Psychological Care Unit. We, recently, did our
first women’s encounter last May and are preparing to
do our first crusade out on the yard of the prison in June.
We have bible studies each year during the fall in September
that are held in the chapel at the prison. We also have a Christmas
program in December for the prison women with special music
and a guest speaker. The anointing of God is present and powerful
in ministering life and healing to the women as the Gospel is
presented to them. Many women have accepted Jesus Christ as
their Lord and Savior as a result of these meetings and lives
have been changed for the glory of God.
Secretary - Bookkeeper
I was the seventh
of eight children. Our parents took us to church or we went
with neighbors. I was saved in my early teens and attended church
regularly. I have worked in different capacities in church,
but never felt “called” to a particular ministry.
I wanted to serve God, but didn’t know what I could do.
I enjoy office work, so I volunteered to help
in the office at church, but was not contacted. After seeing
a request in the bulletin for help in the office of the Prison
Ministry, I decided to check it out. I really enjoy being with
the people in this ministry. There is such love and peace that
permeates the office, and I thank God that I am able to be a
part of going into prisons through the outreaches of this ministry
and feel I am doing what God wants me to do.
Writer - Teacher
Heb 11:1, Now
faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence
of things not seen.
I grew up having a church home but had no idea
what having a relationship with God meant. I was born again
about 10 years ago which was close to the same time my family
joined Evangel and I attended the first Women's Encounter. My
life, at that point, was changed. I learned so much about me
and so much about God. Leaving that encounter I then knew what
it truly meant to say "I Have a Relationship with God."
For about the next year I did'nt do much in the church other
than just attend. God was using that time to develop me as a
christian and little did I know He developed me to work in the
ministry. I used most of my time just reading my bible and learning
as much as I could about the word of God.
In the middle of my third year at Evangel, God
started using me in ministry. All of which was a total surprise
to me but that's what led me to be a part of the Prison Ministry.
My career in Corrections led me to believe that I was unsure
of the direction God was calling me, simply because I worked
with inmates and offenders for many years. During those times
when God was developing me spiritually, he showed me the compassion
that I have for the Prison Ministry. I could no longer deny
the calling God had on my life and began faithfully working
in Evangel's Prison Ministry.
Over the years God has been faithful in opening
doors for me to minister and it has truly been a spiritual fulfillment.
My areas in ministry: the Prison Ministry, the Women of Excellence
ministry, the Prayer Line, the Daycare ministry, the Blanton
House Ministry (Lamp Life) and I am a contributing writer for
the Christian Country Gospel News. It is such a blessing to
work with sister Nadine, volunteers and other staff members
who also have a compassion for the Prison Ministry as well.