County Corrections Gospel Mission was established to bring hope to prisoners, their families and to correctional professionals, caring leaders and other care-givers who make up the team that embrace the increasing sorrows that have resulted from moral, ethical, spiritual and family failure.

Local prisons and jails mirror our own neighborhoods and those ‘at risk’ within them. You most probably live within 30 minutes of such an institution and are invited to help in this unrelenting pursuit of broken lives both inside the jail and within the systems of Corrections settings. Learn more about the Chaplaincy program at the Chester County Prison and how to get involved as a professional religious volunteer.

Letters to Wardens” were written by Chaplain Jack Crans to encourage the leadership of jails and prisons in their unique and challenging responsibilities.


Chester County Prison

Pastor Jack Crans, Director of the County Corrections Gospel Mission, was appointed as Administrative Chaplain of Chester County Prison in 1973. In this position, Chaplain Crans is responsible to manage and coordinate all religious meetings and counseling services for inmates and staff at the Chester County Prison.

Congregations and individuals are invited to assist the chaplain to serve the prison population through the Religious Volunteers/Visitors Program. Click on this link for information about applying to be a Professional Religious Volunteer as Chester County Prison.

The Chaplaincy Program involves both in-prison programs as well as reentry initiatives within the County.


“These short letters are written to Wardens, Chiefs and Senior Law Enforcement agents with the sole purpose to encourage you. I have been part of your world since 1973 and understand some of what you have to endure every day.  I know how the stress of your responsibilities impact your personal and social life.

This page contains both new and archived versions. I welcome your comments and feedback.”

Chaplain Jack Crans


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County Corrections Gospel Mission exists to biblically and effectively address the spiritual crisis as reflected through the urgencies and heart-cries of the Criminal Justice System.