Berean Prison Ministries was founded by brothers Edward and Paul Meister in 1996. It is a classified Organization exempt from Federal and State income taxes under Section 501(c) of the code.
Those chaplaincies are responsible for the Youth Farm and the Juvenile Detention Facility of Peoria County. We also have the chaplaincy at the Sheridan Illinois State Prison. Monthly Bible studies are hosted at the State of Illinois Department of Corrections prisons at Dwight, Lincoln, Statesville and Canton.
Berean Prison Ministries is currently in the prisons of the Republic of Karelia, Russia. Permission was also given by the Romanian government to hold services and Bible studies in all of their prisons.
Berean Prison Ministries sends out 2,000 Bibles a month to inmates in jails and prisons in 47 of our States along with a Bible study course program. This course consists of 50 elementary and 50 intermediate lessons and a certificate is awarded as each entire course is completed. Currently, we are grading approximately 100,000 lessons per year in the English language coming from as far away as Hawaii and about 12,000 lessons per year in Spanish.
Our ministry has a food, clothing and medicine program. We distribute many loads of these items to those less fortunate in Africa, Mexico, Russia, Jamaica, Haiti, Honduras and Granada. For example, last year we sent 200 bicycles to Mexico.
Our purpose is to provide everyone the opportunity to learn of God’s promise of their eternal salvation through His Word.