Chapel To Open for Torres Prison Unit in Hondo

After nearly 20 years, Chapel for God’s Country Ministries finally raised $1.8 million in private and corporate donations to build a chapel at the Torres Prison Unit in Hondo.

However, Tom Patterson, who serves on the prison ministry’s board, said $200,000 is still needed for stained glass windows and to furnish and equip the sanctuary that will hold 300 inmates of all faiths.

Patterson said the nonprofit organization wanted to create a true sanctuary for them, “so they know that it’s different and this is special.”


If you’ve never been into prison and seen how God works on people, it’s really worthwhile. The most fun I’ve ever had in the ministry is being in prison and watching God work on people.
— Kent L. Kepler