Jim Young. Executive Director, Inmate Discipler Fellowship
Jim is a native son of Texas and a graduate of Texas A&M University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has pastored several churches across Texas and served as the first Senior Chaplain at the Hughes Unit in Gatesville before transferring to Huntsville and becoming the first Assistant Director of Chaplains for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice where he led in the development of discipleship, family and life skill programs to include the Certified Volunteer Chaplain program, “Voyager”, and InterChange Freedom Initiative in partnership with Prison Fellowship. Jim left TDCJ to serve as Restorative Justice Director for both the Texas Baptist Convention and Southern Baptist Convention. He has developed new ministries for unaccompanied children from Central America, started two medical clinics to serve the uninsured in San Antonio and worked in non-profit development and organizational empowerment. Jim currently serves as Restorative Justice Ministry Coordinator for Texas Baptist Men (TBM) giving direction to churches seeking to minister to social offenders, victims of crime, law enforcement/correctional officers and the family of each. TBM is an internationally recognized leader in Disaster Relief and a founding partner in Inmate Discipler Fellowship along with Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a founding partner of the Restorative Justice Ministry Network of Texas. Jim and his wife Karen have been married for 46 years and have two daughters, two grandsons and two granddaughters.