Our Mission

“To develop and strengthen Bible study ministries in local churches and in outreach settings – especially prisons – which will transform lives, make disciples, and empower Christians for outreach ministry.”

Our Vision

“Making disciples through Bible study to bring God’s grace to a hurting world.”

Disciple Bible Outreach Ministry is managed by:

  • Working as a liaison between institutional officials (prison administrators, chaplains etc.), pastors, and volunteers
  • Providing volunteer recruitment, training and ongoing supervision
  • Providing financial resources for the Disciple Bible Outreach ministry including leadership training and study materials (manuals, videos and study Bibles).
  • Working with the State Department of Corrections, Federal prisons, and local jails and detention centers on behalf of the Annual Conferences.


Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries (DBOM) is a collaborative ministry for the promotion and development of DISCIPLE Bible Study ministries in local churches and other outreach settings. Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries is an incorporated ministry.

There are three ministries that comprise Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries:

  • Discipleship and Leadership Development for Local Church Ministry
  • DISCIPLE Prison Ministry
  • Rings of Fellowship


Solidarity with people in prison is at the heart of Christian discipleship and ministry.  Jesus claimed “release to prisoners” as central to his mission (Luke 4:18); and he declared that visiting those in prison is a means of visiting him (Matthew 25:36 ). And, let us remember that Jesus himself was a convicted felon and was executed by the Roman government. What better way to grow in discipleship than sharing in Bible study with people who live behind prison walls?  There we will meet the Crucified and Risen Christ!

Kenneth Carder

Bishop (Retired), United Methodist Church



Rev. Dr. Mark Hicks, President, Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries National, Inc.

Mark Hicks was first appointed founding director of Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries by Bishop Charlene Kammerer in June of 1999. A pioneer and architect of the DISCIPLE Prison Ministry Initiative, Mark first served as chairperson of the DISCIPLE Prison Ministry Task Force in 1998. While serving in this capacity, he drafted a proposal for a new comprehensive ministry of DISCIPLE Bible Study in North Carolina. Once accepted by the North Carolina and Western North Carolina Conferences of the United Methodist Church, this proposal provided the pattern for Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries of North Carolina. In 2010, Hicks was named President of Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries National, Inc. and currently oversees the expansion of the Disciple Bible Outreach Ministry in a number of states.  He holds an AB Degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, a Master of Divinity Degree from Duke University and a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Faith-Based and Government Ministry from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He is a General Editor of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry Publication:  “I was in Prison:  United Methodist Perspectives on Prison Ministry” and is the creator and author of the RINGS OF FELLOWSHIP Bible Study curriculum for youth.  Hicks is an ordained Elder in the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church and prior to his appointment to Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries, held pastorates in the High Point, Charlotte and Greensboro Districts.  Hicks has provided numerous DISCIPLE training events both nationally and abroad.  Most recently he provided DISCIPLE trainings to Methodist pastors in Peru and Costa Rica.  He and his wife, Laura, reside in Oak Island, North Carolina and have two daughters.


Darlene Phillips, Administrator

Darlene Phillips serves as the Administrator for Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries. She studied accounting at Northern Virginia Community College. Her work experience includes retail management, office manager for a marble and granite company, a kindergarten teacher and nannying for several years. She is currently also a teacher at A Nesting Place Preschool.



Responding to God’s call and bolstered by encouragement and support from the United Methodist Connectional Table and the General Commission on United Methodist Men, Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries National was founded in 2011.  Dr. Hicks was named the President of the new organization.  A five person Board of Directors was initially established including: Bishop Richard B. Wilke, author of the DISCIPLE Bible Study series; Bishop Kenneth Carder of Columbia SC; Gilbert Hanke, General Secretary of the General Commission on United Methodist Men; and Ernie Pearson, Partner with Nexsen|Pruet Law Firm of Raleigh and DBOM of NC Board member. Currently Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries National maintains ministries in North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Illinois, Louisiana and Texas.

Our current Board of Directors:

  • Dr. Mark Hicks, President, DBOM National
  • Bishop Richard Wilke
  • Bishop Kenneth Carder
  • Ernest Pearson
  • Bill Denwood, Suits for Success
  • Gerry Fuss, President, DBOM of VA
  • Jim Bailes, President, DBOM of TN
  • Howard Woolard, President, DBOM of IL
  • Mike Grace, President, DBOM of LA
  • Jason Fry, President, DBOM of TX

Nothing is more important today than Prison ministry. We have so many men and women behind bars. I am so proud of Disciple Bible Outreach Prison Ministry. Taking the small group Bible study lead by laypersons into the men and women prisons is powerful. It is helping inmates change their lives. Laymen week by week go into the prison and build meaning Christ centered relationships. Mark Hicks has built the program prison by prisons and state by state, I am so proud of his leadership. Jesus said “I was in prison and you came to me – that is what Disciple is doing.  God Bless, Disciple Bible Outreach Prison Ministry.

Richard B. WIlke

Bishop (Retired) & Author of The Disciple Bible Study Series, United Methodist Church


Responding to God’s call and bolstered by encouragement and support from the United Methodist Connectional Table and the General Commission on United Methodist Men, Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries is expanding.  In 2011, expansion work began in other states. “We are very excited about this project,” said Dr. Mark Hicks, DBOM of NC Executive Director and President of the new national movement.”  Affiliation agreements have already been signed in North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee.  Other affiliates are currently being organized in Louisiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Georgia.  We draw strength from the Lord and the servant heart of prison ministry advocates all across the connection to make this happen.”


As we continue to expand nationally, you can read about what is going on in our affiliates on the affiliate’s page.

Our Generous Supporters

We would like to thank all of our individual supporters for their generosity in support of this mission. Your contributions have helped this ministry preach the gospel to over 10,000 men and women who are incarcerated. None of which would have been possible without the selfless giving of individuals with a passion to reach others for eternity and change the world around them.. Together we are the hands and feet of Jesus. Thank you!

Some Of Our Generous Organizational Supporters

A special thank you to each and every one of our organizational supporters. Your gifts have enabled a new purpose within hearts and changed eternity. We are blessed to bless others. Thank you!


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Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries
P.O. Box 358
Oak Island, NC 28465
Toll-free (855) 980-7400

John 8:31

If you make my word your home you will indeed be my disciples.