"To identify, equip, place, and support individuals called to be Chaplains of the incarcerated."
All Magic Valley Chaplains are required to sign a Statement of Faith and applicants go through a vigorous vetting process and background check outlined on our MVC website. All Chaplains are required to have the covering & written recommendation support of their Christian Home Church.
What We Do
Magic Valley Chaplains Inc, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides training and support for its members and Bibles and other study materials in English and Spanish for those incarcerated.
We provide regularly scheduled onsite and remote church services, as well as individual inmate visits. We support inmate aftercare programs and housing. We supply Bibles, Bible study courses, spiritual study materials, and related spiritual non-fiction books to inmates. These are used to stock Magic Valley jail libraries, as well as to fill individual requests for materials.
Where We Serve
Inmate Chaplains provide Bible-based ministry to inmates in Twin Falls County Jail, Jerome County jail, Twin Falls Juvenile Detention, IDOC Work Release facility in Twin Falls, Gooding County jail and the Mini Cassia Criminal Justice Center.
In Magic Valley Jail facilities alone, approximately 600 inmates have opportunities throughout each week to come share in worship and messages from God’s word of hope and love for them that can change their lives.
Our service dates:
Twin Falls County Jail
- Tuesday night
- Saturday and Sunday Mornings
Jerome County Jail
- Thursday night (men)
- Sunday (ladies)
- Wednesday night (Spanish)
Gooding County Jail
- Sunday (English & Spanish)
Mini Cassia Criminal Justice Center
- Saturday and Sunday (1-on-1 Chaplain visits)
IDOC Reentry Center
Juvenile Detention Center
"As a volunteer jail chaplain, I have seen the fruits of our labors many times. Like when a former inmate comes up to me out in the community, with their spouse and children in tow, and happily tells me how they have a steady job, been restored with their family, and gotten plugged in to a good church. That’s when we can really see some of the rewards of sharing the Good News with them."
-from a current jail chaplain
Become a Member
Magic Valley Chaplain Application Process
Twin Falls County, Jerome County, Gooding County, Juvenile Detention Center, and Idaho Department of Correction Requirements 1-2Magic Valley Chaplain Requirements 1-8
- Complete the Twin Falls or Jerome County Volunteer application and Submit Volunteer application for approval to [email protected].
- Complete required PREA training.
- With Volunteer application approved submit an MVC Membership Application Packet to include the following documents: Signed copy of the MVC Articles of Faith (Mission, By Laws, Statement of Faith), Letter of recommendation signed by your local church pastor, and a brief personal testimony describing your faith journey and God’s calling in your life to serve in this ministry.
- Applicant submits MVC Membership Application Packet to MVC Secretary at [email protected].
- MVC Board officer will schedule an applicant interview.
- After the interview the MVC Executive Committee will vote to approve the application for membership.
- The MVC Secretary will Invoice for payment of MVC applicable annual dues.
- Upon receipt of full remittance of payment for all applicable dues, MVC Secretary will notify applicant of accepted status and provide a MVC Chaplain photo ID card for jail entry and a copy of the upcoming MVC Chaplain rotation schedule.
This process applies to applicants seeking MVC Membership. All other requests to serve should be directed to the facility
For questions or assistance with the application process, please contact [email protected].
Term of Membership
The term of membership begins on the first day of the month following notification of acceptance for membership.
Membership expires annually on December 31st.
Benefits of your Membership
- Membership allows us to be a functioning 501c3 non-profit organization.
- Enables us to seek funding to purchase bibles and other literature for the inmates which you distribute.
- Enables us to seek funding to support both the men’s and women’s aftercare homes and ministries.
- Enables us to support each other in the jail ministry as a group.
- Gives us a unified voice when it comes to jail issues and policies.
- Provides for non-profit general liability insurance for MVC.
- MVC membership provides for future growth in the Magic Valley of additional jail ministries.
- Our annual MVC membership is just $20. Small cost for your voice in Jail Ministry in the Magic Valley.
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Statement of Faith
The MVC leadership will provide you with the required classes, training and procedures for jail ministry. You will begin your service in the jail with an experienced jail Chaplain that will teach you all the protocols.
Projects and Aftercare
For the second year, area churches and schools helped the Magic Valley Chaplains organization provide a Christmas card for all the inmates in our area. Over 400 cards were colored with a note of encouragement sharing Christ's message of love and hope. Christmas is a difficult time for the incarcerated during the Holidays and the cards show they are remembered.
We want to thank the children and teachers from the Twin Falls Reformed Church, Amazing Grace Fellowship, Saint Edwards School and the Twin Falls Christian Academy for the work on these beautiful cards.
Remote Ministry Project
This project added remote inmate jail ministry to the IDOC Reentry Center in Twin Falls, Gooding County, Jerome County and Juvenile Detention Center. The equipment was offered free of charge with no restrictions to every jail facility in the Magic Valley. All facilities but one accepted this offer thus far. We are proud that this platform for remote Christian ministry is now being used by other programs like AA that better the inmates life’s. We are proud of the chaplain that learned new skills to continue the message of Love and Hope to the incarcerated and the facilities that worked with our group to develop the procedures.
Our ministry to inmates doesn’t stop once they are out of jail; Magic Valley Prison Aftercare provides temporary housing, assistance, spiritual and responsibility training for recently-released inmates (who qualify for our services) to become productive members of society.
Odds are that 70% of incarcerated inmates become repeat offenders and end up back in the prison system. Magic Valley Prison Aftercare works to improve these odds and show former inmates they can walk spiritually and successfully on the outside.