Ministries

As an umbrella organization, we are not legally responsible for the actions of any of our members and generally do not provide financial support to them.

Senior Chaplain Rob Brown is a full-time Staff Chaplain at the Cook County Jail, which currently houses 14,000 inmates and processes over 100,000 every year. He is also the executive director and missionary chaplain for Chaplains for Christ International He has been in jail ministry since 1974 in the both the Illinois and California Dept. of Corrections. He has worked at the Cook County Jail since 1980. The Cook County Department of Corrections does not pay the chaplains at the jail; therefore he depends upon the people of God to provide financial support to continue this work full-time. Many municipal and county jails cannot afford or are unwilling to pay chaplains. While Cook County could afford such expenditures, it does not. Therefore, Chaplains for Christ International offers to supply the county with full-service chaplains free of charge to the taxpayer. Moreover, such an arrangement avoids the appearance of a violation of the so-called “separation of church and state.” The courts have ruled, “The institution must treat all religions equally. If it pays ministers of one religion, it must pay ministers from all religions on a similar basis.” Whether the present interpretation of this phrase was intended by the founding fathers is doubtful at best. Nevertheless, the political climate of America today makes it necessary for those who wish to minister in public facilities to be wise. Christians must remember the words of Jesus, “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves” (Matt 10:16). By offering full-service chaplains at no charge to the jails, Chaplains for Christ International is being gentle as a dove. By supplying chaplains who are conservative and who will be true to God’s Word, they are being wise as serpents. This is truly a win-win situation. A much-needed function is performed for the jail administration, and the Word of God is ministered to inmates, families, and staff alike.

Chaplains for Christ International is an international ministry as well as a national ministry. In the U.S., Chaplain Brown supervises around 100 chaplains and volunteers at the Cook County Jail. He also supervises affiliates in Oklahoma, Texas and Nebraska. Internationally, he has traveled to more than 20 countries establishing affiliates, prison ministry and Chaplaincy programs. These include travel to: Cuba, Egypt, The Sudan, Spain, Romania, the Philippines as well as most of Central American and some South American countries. Some of these countries had never even heard the word “Chaplain” before Chaplain Brown arrived let alone known about the concept. We currently provide monthly financial support to a full-time chaplain in the Transylvania area of Romania with the hope that he will one day be will be recognized as the first official Evangelical prison chaplain in the history of Romania.

Senior Chaplain Brown serves as a Christian teacher and preacher, a Christian counselor, a religious programs coordinator, and a community liaison. He serves not only the inmates but also the inmates’ families and the jail staff and their families. The following is a discussion of each of these areas of responsibility.