Prison Prevention Ministries Re-Brands To Transform Ministries

  • Thursday, April 18, 2024

Prison Prevention Ministries announced a significant milestone in its journey of service and transformation. After careful consideration and prayer by its board of directors recognizing the growing need to touch lives of adults, students, and families, officials unveiled the new name: Transform Ministries.

This decision to transition from Prison Prevention Ministries to Transform Ministries reflects the organization's growth spanning 45 years and its steadfast dedication to ministering to a diverse community with the transformative message of Jesus Christ. While deeply rooted in the Biblical mandate to visit those in prison, as exemplified in Matthew 25, and continued commitment to prevention programs in school districts across Northwest Georgia and Southeast Tennessee, its mission has matured to embrace a holistic approach to transforming the lives of men, children, and families through the profound love and grace of the Gospel. The new name better reflects the diverse range of people we serve and the comprehensive nature of our program.

"We believe that true transformation knows no age or circumstance," said Joe Smith, executive director of Transform Ministries. "Our new name, Transform Ministries, reflects our belief that people are trapped in cycles of hopelessness and brokenness. We see these needs as opportunities and are committed to addressing them as the hands and feet of Jesus.”

Transform Ministries acknowledges and honors its rich history, established by Colonel Roger Ingvalson and the visionary founding board in 1974. Dedication and leadership five decades ago laid the groundwork for the faith-based organization's mission of transformation in Jesus which serves about 150  adults weekly in the Bible and Life Skills studies in the area prisons; 15 students weekly in an afterschool and summer curriculum focused on literacy, addressing adverse childhood events, conflict management, and good decision-making; and 50 schools each academic year to address the dangers involving drug and substance use, failing or dropping out of school, and limiting one’s future through poor choices.

The name change reflects the increased needs met through the work of the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ coupled with evidence-based interventions in the adult, youth, student populations, and families. Transform Ministries feature three separate ministries - Transform: Prevention, Transform: InZone, and Transform: Prison.

“We invite our supporters, partners, and community members to celebrate this exciting new chapter for our organization. It is because of your continued support that this ministry has grown to this capacity,” said Mr.Smith, director for five years after establishing and growing YCAP, YMCA Community Action Program.

For more information about Transform Ministries and our programs, visit or contact Joe Smith at

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