“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.”
“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.
DBOM of North Carolina History
In 1995, graduates of DISCIPLE at Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church in Greensboro, NC established a DISCIPLE Bible Study at Forsyth Correctional Center in Winston-Salem. This first study gave birth to the DISCIPLE Prison Ministry of North Carolina and since then the ministry has experienced tremendous growth. Since 1999, DISCIPLE Bible Study has been taught in 70 different correctional institutions in North Carolina and more than 300 lay and clergy persons have been trained as prison volunteers.
The enormous success of this ministry is due in part to endorsements the ministry received from the Department of Corrections inRaleigh. These endorsements opened prisons doors to United Methodist congregations in North Carolina so that the vast potential of this ministry could be realized. DISCIPLE is needed to provide strong discipleship training to help inmates grow in grace and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. By linking inmates with local congregations, an added benefit is that a network of caring Christian friends can be established to help nurture parolees as they rediscover their place of belonging within the community.
This ministry not only benefits the inmates, but also benefits our local congregations. Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries has opened the hearts of many congregations to the needs of prison ministry and missions in general. Because inmates are brought to the local churches for worship and other programs, participating churches have witnessed the breaking down of many barriers such as race, fear, and misunderstanding that divide God’s people.
DBOM of North Carolina Radio Interview
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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!
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.
DBOM of North Carolina Board of Directors:
Western North Carolina Conference
Mr. Ed Campbell, Lincolnton
Rev. David Christy, Gastonia
Ms. Jennifer Davis, Charlotte
Mr. Henry Dozier, Charlotte
Mrs. Diane Ezzell, Midland
Rev. Randy Harry, Cashiers
North Carolina Conference
Mr. Charles Crutchfield, Cary
Dr. Carol Goehring, Raleigh
Mr. Jeff Maidment, Laurinburg
Mr. Ernest Pearson, Raleigh
Rev. Colin Snider, Cary
Rev. Gray Southern, Apex
Mr. Tom Starnes, Rocky Mount
Mr. Charlie Gray, Fuquay-Varina
Bishop Larry M. Goodpaster, Charlotte
Bishop Hope Morgan Ward, Raleigh
Bishop Richard B. Wilke,Winfield,KS
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,
North Carolina Related Links
- North Carolina Conference: http://www.nccumc.org/
- North Carolina Department of Corrections: http://www.doc.state.nc.us/
- N.C. Dept. of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention: http://www.ncdjjdp.org/
- The Southeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church: http://www.sejumc.org
- Western North Carolina Conference – http://www.wnccumc.org/
Prison Locations in North Carolina
A listing of locations where Disciple Bible Outreach is active. Read More >
North Carolina Training
At this time no in-person training has been scheduled. Please contact Mark Hicks, President, DBOM of North Carolina if you are interested in becoming a trained volunteer.
Online training is available for new volunteers wishing to be certified for the ministry. For access to the online training, please contact Mark Hicks, President of DBOM National at (855) 980-7400.
In accordance with agreements reached with the NC Department of Public Safety and NC Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, certification is required for all DBOM volunteers. If you would like to receive training this fall, please contactMark Hicks, President of DBOM National at (855) 980-7400.
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