Green Acres Baptist Church | 1607 Troup Hwy Tyler, TX 


September 21, 2013

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Conference

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

1:00 – 4:00 p.m. TDCJ Security Training

Conference Fee (lunch included): $15 Person
Early Bird – $10 person by September 10

Main Speaker:

Dr. Byron R Johnson is the Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences and Director of the Institute of Studies of Religion (ISR) as well as director of the Program on Prosocial Behavior, both at Baylor University. Before joining the faculty at Baylor University, Dr. Johnson directed research centers at Vanderbilt University and the University of Pennsylvania. He is a leading authority on the scientific study of religion, the efficacy of faith-based organizations, and criminal justice. His recent publications have examined the impact of faith-based programs on recidivism reduction and prisoner reentry. Dr. Johnson and ISR colleagues are partnering with the Gallup Organization on studies addressing religion and spirituality of the world.


Pastor John Wisener, a native of North East Texas, is the pastor of Tennessee Colony Church in Tennessee Colony, Texas and has served there since March 2007. John retired from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in February 2011 following his 30 year career in corrections. As the assistant warden at the H. H. Coffield Unit in Tennessee Colony, John forged a relationship with the Restorative Justice Staff of Green Acres Baptist Church and various Kairos families resulting in the Faith Based wing being initiated at the largest prison in the state of Texas. He and his wife, Kimberly, make their home in Palestine.


Chaplain Donald R. Lacy is currently serving as Regional Chaplain, Region II for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice- Rehabilitation Programs Division. He is responsible for the oversight of the Chaplaincy operations of 21 TDCJ Units in the North Eastern Region which encompasses 29 Chaplains with 18,000 offenders and 4,500 staff members. Following his 23 year tenure as Senior Pastor at West Union Baptist Church, he entered the Chaplaincy of TDCJ serving as the Senior Chaplain at the Michael Unit, Darrington Unit and Pam Lyncher State Jail. He resides in Palestine with his wife, Paula.


Marvin Dunbar has been employed with TDCJ for over 24 years; serving as the Community Liaison for the Correctional Institutions Division, an Internal Auditor in the Internal Audit Division and also as a Correctional Officer. Currently, Marvin is the Manager for the Support Services Department of the Rehabilitation Programs Division. Marvin oversees the Chaplaincy Department, Volunteer Services, the DNA Department, the Gang Renouncement and Disassociation Process, the Serious Violent Offender Re-entry Initiative, the Administrative Segregation Pre-Release Program and serves as the TDCJ Faith and Community-Based Liaison. In addition, Marvin holds a B.B.A. in Finance from Sam Houston State University.



8:30 Registration Opens

9:00 Welcome–Chaplain Donald Lacy - RJMN–Bill Kleiber

9:15 – 10:30 Dr. Bryan Johnson - More God Less Crime

10:30 – 10:45 Break and Exhibits in Hall

10:45 – 11:00 Testimonies from Ex–offender and Volunteer

11:00 – 11:30 Marvin Dunbar–Value of Volunteers in Prison

11:30 Pick up lunches

12:00 Pastor John Wisener–Prisons, Pews, Pulpits & Perdition

1:00 – 4:00 TDCJ Training in Galliee Room


Texas Department of Criminal Justice Security Training:

Immediately following the conference, TDCJ will provide training for anyone interested in volunteering in prison. You can fill out an application online at before and bring the approval letter or apply in person at the training. The training is open to everyone.

*all volunteers must pass a background check before going into a prison.