Tennessee Prison Outreach Ministry
136 Rains Avenue
Nashville TN 37203
Mission Statement
Reuniting the returning citizen with God, family and community.
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Thomas Snow
Board Chair Mr. Stanley Ezell
Board Chair Company Affiliation Purity Dairy - Retired
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 2013
Former Names
Nashville Prison Ministry
Federal Prison Outreach Ministry
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $578,479.00
Projected Annual Revenue $878,500.00 (2017)
Mission Reuniting the returning citizen with God, family and community.
Background The Tennessee Prison Outreach Ministry traces its beginning to 1963 when two volunteers began serving in the Nashville jail. In 1982, Ron Goodman  relocated his prison ministry work from Texas to the Nashville area and formed the Nashville Prison Ministry and the Federal Prison Ministry in 1982 under the oversight of the Harpeth Hills Church of Christ. In 2013, the ministry became known as the Tennessee Prison Outreach Ministry, a public non-profit charity with the goal of reaching the incarcerated, returning citizens and their families throughout Tennessee in all fourteen state prisons and jails in all 95 counties. 
We operate a re-entry center where we provide job training, job placement and counseling to our returning citizens. We operate an approved transitional house for 16 men, next door to the reentry center. We also conduct an annual summer camp and mentoring program for children of the incarcerated. We have taught approximately 2,000 students in the past year through classes and correspondence courses. We have expanded our volunteer base to over 500, giving their time in the re-entry center, county jails and prisons. We are able to place 87% of returning citizens in a job within 10 days of completion of our orientation course.
Needs With 2.3 million incarcerated in the United States, a 500% increase in the past thirty years, only a collaborative effort of dedicated volunteers will be able to address this societal problem. We are needing collaboration with faith-based organizations, employers, churches, businesses and dedicated volunteers as we provide job training, mentoring, faith-based life-skill classes in jails and prisons. We are needing in-kind donations of furniture and appliances for those who graduate from the transitional duplex. We also accept hygiene items and religious materials for the incarcerated. Direct financial support is needed to help us fulfill our mission.
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer Donations received through sending a check, online donations, phone donations and fundraising events. We also accept in-kind donations for the re-entry center, the incarcerated and released offenders. Volunteers conduct job skills training life skills training and mentoring at the re-entry center and conduct faith-based classes in Tennessee jails and prisons. 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit / Citizen Participation
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Half-Way House (Short-Term Residential Care)
Tertiary Organization Category Mental Health & Crisis Intervention /
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Davidson
TN - Sumner
TN - Wilson
TN - Robertson
TN - Williamson
TN - White
TN - Rutherford
TN - Williamson
TN - Wilson
The Tennessee Prison Outreach Ministry maintains a commitment to serve the incarcerated throughout the entire state. The majority of volunteers and services, however, are offered in Middle Tennessee.
CEO Statement This ministry, which had a small beginning in 1963 is now statewide with over 500 volunteers, committed to providing hope to the incarcerated and our returning citizens. We are Tennessee's first statewide ministry that is holistic and inside/out (reaching the incarcerated and assisting them and their families when released). Through the dedicated work of our volunteers, lives are changed, families are reconciled and communities are strengthened.
Description We provide educational,vocational and mental health services to our returning citizens, assisting them when reentering our communities.
Budget 100,000
Population Served , ,
Description We have a 16 bed duplex for men returning from incarceration. They are able to reside with us for six months as they transitiona from incarceration to independence.
Category Social Science; General/Other
Population Served Males, Offenders/Ex-Offenders, People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Long term Success We opened the home in June 2017 for 16 men. The men in our home are working full time, with an average starting salary of $14 per hour. 
Program Success Monitored By We are monitored them by percentage who complete the program, how many obtain full time employment, how many maintain sobriety, and recidivism rate.
Description We conduct an annual summer camp and mentoring for children of the incarcerated. We also provide them with back to school supplies.
Budget 40,000
Population Served , ,
1) The ministry teaches cognitive behavioral courses in jails and prisons with lessons on parenting, anger management and substance abuse.
2) We provide mentoring to the incarcerated throughout the state.
3) We have pen-pals who write to the incarcerated, giving them hope.
Budget 20,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Mentoring
Population Served Offenders/Ex-Offenders, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years),
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Stanley Ezell
Company Affiliation Purity Dairy - Retired
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2019
Email stanezell@comcast.net
Board Members
Ms. Randi Baxter retired Voting
Mr. Jeffrey Castle Dialysis Clinic, IncVoting
Dr. Paul Cates Lipscomb UniversityVoting
Mr. Steve Church Creative Planning InsuranceVoting
Mr. Martez Coleman First Community MortgageVoting
Ms. Pam Demonbrean Retired Voting
Mr. Stanley Ezell Purity Dairy - RetiredVoting
Mr. Greg Hardeman Hardeman a& Montgomery Premier Escrow, LLCVoting
Dr. Ronald Hunter Hunter & Hunter General and Cosmetic DentistryVoting
Dr. James Kelley retiredVoting
Mr. Walt Leaver Lipscomb UniversityVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? No
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 75%
Does the Board include Client Representation? No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Standing Committees
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Capital Campaign
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Dr. Thomas Snow
Term Start Jan 2008
Email tsnow@tnprisonministry.org
Experience Served as the Pulpit Minister of the Trinity Lane Church of Christ for fifteen years. Began volunteering in prison ministry in 2004 and joined the staff in 2008. Assumed role of Executive Director in 2013. Earned Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Psychology from Freed-Hardeman University (1988), Master of Arts (Clinical Psychology) from Middle Tennessee State University (1992), Master of Arts in Religion from Lipscomb University (1992), Master of Divinity from Lipscomb University (2003), Doctor of Divinity from Harding School of Theology (2013). Dissertation: "Transformational Leadership in Developing Collaborative Prison Ministry in Metropolitan Memphis."
Full Time Staff 6
Part Time Staff 5
Volunteers 500
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Senior Staff
Title Assitant Director
Experience/Biography Served as a volunteer for three years. Previously incarcerated in Indiana prison over 25 years ago.
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2017
Projected Revenue $878,500.00
Projected Expenses $578,479.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$747,013$688,130$457,221
Investment Income, Net of Losses$738$0$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$20,652$17,149$16,531
Revenue In-Kind$0$33,838$180,000
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$296,166$247,832$95,562
Administration Expense$118,735$157,517$180,464
Fundraising Expense$89,765$33,682$45,197
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.521.742.76
Program Expense/Total Expenses59%56%30%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue12%5%7%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$1,287,164$927,561$646,596
Current Assets$373,508$414,788$443,631
Long-Term Liabilities$52,527$0$0
Current Liabilities$50,523$4,692$49,708
Total Net Assets$1,184,114$922,869$596,888
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities7.3988.408.92
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets4%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts and Grants $747,013Contributions, Gifts and Grants $688,130Contributions, Gifts & Grants $457,221
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising Events $20,652Noncash Contributions $33,838Foundations $175,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $738Other Revenue $23,469Noncash contributions $180,000
Form 990s
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? Yes
Campaign Purpose

We are raising funds for the construction of a duplex for 16 women with offices and classrooms in the basement.

Capital Campaign Goal $1,000,000.00
Campaign Start and End Dates June 2017 to Dec 2018
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $450,000.00 as of Mar 2018
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires June 2018
Solicitations Permit
2018 Solicitations Permit
Organizational Budgets and Other Documents
Projected Revenue and Expenses2015
GivingMatters.com Financial Comments
TN Prison Outreach Ministry has been previously operating as a program of Harpeth Hills Church of Christ. 2013 financial figures were taken from financial documents provided by the church. 2014 financial information will come from the organization's first Form 990.
Financial figures taken from Form 990 only. Form 990 and financial statements prepared by Betts & Rubio, PLLC. Schedule B removed to protect donor privacy.
Comments provided by Kathryn Bennett 8/14/17.
Nonprofit Tennessee Prison Outreach Ministry
Address 136 Rains Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203
Primary Phone (615) 870-1126
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Thomas Snow
Board Chair Mr. Stanley Ezell
Board Chair Company Affiliation Purity Dairy - Retired
Year of Incorporation 2013
Former Names
Nashville Prison Ministry
Federal Prison Outreach Ministry