“Remember those in prison as if you were in prison with them.” – Hebrews 13:3

Prison Ministry

The Forsyth Correctional Center is a minimum-security prison in northern Winston-Salem housing 250 men who are serving one year to life sentences. Offenders at the prison are assigned to onsite, offsite, and work release jobs. Others take education courses through study release opportunities.  Various recovery programs are offered at this location, often referred to as the “Cherry Street Prison.”

Forsyth Jail & Prison Ministries’ main office is located at this facility. The ministry coordinates the Christian programs, as well as other faith group programs.

Programs Offered at The Prison

Worship & Bible Study

Sunday Worship/Weekly Bible Studies

Worship service is offered every Sunday to all inmates. Various Bible studies are taught throughout the week including Disciple Bible Study, which provides an intensive nine-month study led by volunteers. Our Ministry was the first to offer Disciple Bible Study in a prison setting and became the model for instituting Disciple classes in prisons across NC and the country.



Yokefellows is a weekly inter-denominational group that motivates and encourages inmates during their incarceration. Volunteers provide listening skills, spiritual guidance, fellowship, and friendship.

Literacy Programs


More than 43% of prison inmates lack a high school diploma. Our literacy program assesses the academic level of the inmate and matches him with a tutor in reading, writing, and math. Many inmates will achieve their high school equivalency diploma while in prison. Basic literacy and/or a high school diploma strengthens the inmate’s employment opportunities and likelihood of success as they re-enter the community. 

Transition to Work


Transition to Work (TTW) program prepares inmates for release into the community via a 12-18 month pre-release and post-release curriculum focusing on life, decision making, and employment skills.  TTW continues with support during the critical 90-120 day period following release. For more details visit the Transition to Work page.

Inmate Choir

Inmate Sponsors Needed

At the initiation of an inmate more than 25 years ago, an inmate choir was formed under the supervision of the ministry. Community volunteers work with the chaplains to supervise and coordinate the Cherry Street Ensemble to sing in churches and at community events. These invitations provide opportunities for churches to meet inmates and hear their stories of redemption. Male volunteers are needed to sponsor the inmates to these singing events.

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