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Jermaine: The Prison Cell, The Calling, & The City Council

Jermaine standing at the open gate of the prison in a blue tux.

Jermaine’s rebellion cost him his freedom. The longer Jermaine sat behind bars, the more he reflected on the decisions he made that landed him in prison. Jermaine knew he had to do better—for his own sake and his son’s.

He enrolled in a biblically based, in-prison program known as the Prison Fellowship Academy. Through this intensive academy, Jermaine learned core values like accountability and integrity. He grew spiritually, and eventually, Jermaine cried out to God from his prison cell, surrendering his life to Christ.

With a new mindset and a changed heart, Jermaine strove to be a better father. He also participated in Prison Fellowship Angel Tree, a program that mobilizes local churches to deliver the Gospel and a gift to children on behalf of their incarcerated parent at Christmas.

When Jermaine’s criminal record was expunged, he started a nonprofit working with local law enforcement. A friend noted, “The way you serve our community, you could possibly become the mayor.” Recalling Ephesians 3:20, Jermaine believed that God “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.” He accepted God’s calling on His life, making his campaign slogan: “If God can change me, He can use me to help change this city.”

Jermaine won the election and became a city commissioner.

“People are not problems to be solved—they are neighbors to be loved. Accept them for who they are.
Meet them where they are at. Don’t try to change them. Love them with the Word of God and allow God
to change them from the inside out. Don’t push them. Don’t pull them. Just walk beside them.”


Prison Fellowship’s Reach in Minnesota

No one is beyond God’s reach. He is pouring out His grace on prisons across Minnesota and transforming lives for eternity.

From Prison Blues to Royal Blue Robes

What could bring Dr. Seuss, a special cake, and graduation gowns to prison—in Shakopee? Find out here.

A group of graduates at Prison Fellowship

Michelle’s Story, From Darkness to Light

While in prison, a loving local church brought Michelle’s son Christmas gifts through Prison Fellowship Angel Tree. They also came alongside Michelle in countless ways after her release.

Her story reveals the power of the Gospel—and of an open-hearted church willing to believe the best and facilitate second chances.