On Friday, March 13, 2020, the jail downtown has temporarily stopped volunteers due to safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the prison system has suspended onsite and offsite activities. Volunteers will be notified when the status of this closure changes via our website (www.forsythjpm.org), email and Facebook. 


Please join us in prayer during the month of May.

  • Serenity and safety for facility staff
  • Medical staff to stay healthy & protected at the jail & prison
  • Administration officials as they make decisions and adjustments at the facilities
  • Calm and peace for the inmates
  • Inmates are drawn to God’s word, pray and receive Christ
  • Families & inmates who are no longer allowed visits
  • Faithful jail & prison volunteers who are temporarily not going on-site
  • Chaplaincy staff who continue to minister to inmates & staff at both facilities


This is just a sampling of the work performed by the Forsyth Jail & Prison Ministries (FJPM) in Winston-Salem.

With the help of volunteers and staff, the FJPM ministers to the inmate populations of the maximum security Forsyth County Detention Center in downtown Winston-Salem (population approx. 750), and the minimum security Forsyth Correctional Center in northern Winston-Salem (population approximately 250).

We are an inter-denominational ministry that thrives and survives on the efforts of our volunteers, and by the grants and private donations we receive from the public. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please click here. If you can present an offering of any size to help us maintain and improve this invaluable community service, please click here.

In addition to ministering to inmates, one of our key goals is to provide a variety of skills that help inmates adjust to life after imprisonment. From teaching coping mechanisms and finding employment, to avoiding the behaviors that got them into trouble, we offer a wide range of services that help inmates survive in jail, and thrive outside of it.

Providing Christian counsel. Helping inmates prepare for a life outside of prison. Ministering to inmates through worship, music and Bible studies…

“Remember those in prison as if you were in prison with them.”

Hebrews 13:3

Our Ministry at the maximum security Forsyth County Detention Center in downtown Winston-Salem is the larger of our two ministries. Click here to learn more.

Our Ministry at the minimum security Forsyth Correctional Center is the smaller of our two ministries, but nonetheless important. Click here to learn more.

From events with prison inmates to volunteer gatherings, click here to learn more about FJPM in pictures.