Episode 029: James Caldemeyer, Pro Bass Fisherman Shares Of How God Has Changed Him Through His Incarceration

In this twenty-ninth episode of the Detention to Redemption podcast, I talk to James Caldemeyer from Lake Fork, Texas. Today James serves as a fishing guide on a Texas lake and competes in bass fishing tournaments around the country. Affable and eager to serve his fishing clients, James engages in all sorts of easy conversation on the water. Yet his demeanor belies a deeper secret- that at the age of 21 he was responsible for an alcohol-related car accident that killed a person and resulted in losing his job, wife, and family.

With the guilt, anguish, and hurt overwhelming, James struggled to live. Yet in his darkest hours he found God waiting for him, with both the iron-fist of consequences and the mercy and grace that saved him from rotting in prison. His testimony and vulnerability blessed me as we talked and I believe you too will be blessed by it!

SHOW NOTES

James’s Website: Lake Fork Trophy Bass

I Am Second

James’s Facebook: James Caldemeyer

If you have been touched by the music that is shared during this podcast you can buy an album that was written and recorded inside of prison at “Another Captive Free.”

Episode 028: James Fields, A Former State Representative  And Current Pastor Shares Of His Love For The Incarcerated

In this twenty-eighth episode of the Detention to Redemption podcast, I talk to James Fields from Cullman, Alabama. James is a former Alabama State Representative, Kairos prison ministry volunteer and the current pastor at St. James United Methodist Church in Irondale, Alabama. James shares with us his love for the incarcerated and the necessity for criminal justice and prison reform. He has spent many years volunteering inside of prison and has a passion to see men change and embrace Jesus as their Savior. Sadly our prisons chapels are full of changed men and the lack of criminal justice reform won’t allow them another chance. James is a veteran in prison ministry and you will be blessed by this interview!

SHOW NOTES

Kairos Prison Ministry

 

If you have been touched by the music that is shared during this podcast you can buy an album that was written and recorded inside of prison at “Another Captive Free.”

Episode 027: Rick Duncan, A Son’s Account Of Finding Happiness During His Father’s Incarceration

In this twenty-seventh episode of the Detention to Redemption podcast, I talk to Rick Duncan from Milan, Michigan. Rick is an author, prison volunteer, speaker and blogger. He shares with us how his family was impacted by incarceration and how that experience changed his life forever. He shares of the hurt he felt and that through his blog, and his book, his journey came full circle of losing happiness and then finding it again. Rick shares with us also about the many different ways that he now volunteers inside of prison and how God has used his experience to reach so many others. His testimony and vulnerability blessed me as we talked and I believe you too will be blessed by it!

Make sure you purchase his book “Opening Happiness” in it he writes: “There’s no living without joy. When I was twenty-four, my joy was stolen. It was a dark time. I remember the deep pain inside, an infinite ache that tore out the very core of my soul…” This book is about the journey of losing happiness and then finding it again. Rick believed that if he could only open a moment of happiness, he would find the answer to his longing and relief from his suffering. When that moment was found, it was not where he expected. You can purchase it by clicking on the below link.

SHOW NOTES

Blog: Opening Happiness

Book: Opening Happiness

Prison Fellowship

Children’s Literacy Network

 

One Day With God Forgiveness Ministry

If you have been touched by the music that is shared during this podcast you can buy an album that was written and recorded inside of prison at “Another Captive Free.”

Episode 026: David Noles, The Importance Of Discipleship, Prayer And Manhood Ministry Inside Of Prison

In this twenty-sixth episode of the Detention to Redemption podcast, I talk to David Noles from Tallassee, Alabama. David is a volunteer chaplain at a Work Release near Montgomery, Alabama. He shares with us why prison ministry is important, his love for the incarcerated and how that a curriculum “Knights of The 21st Century” is changing the lives of many inside of prison.  David’s mission is the same as that of the curriculum and that is to walk beside each man as he strives to fulfill the potential God has given him. Many have been changed by David’s ministry and you will be blessed and challenged as you listen to this podcast.

I highly recommend the “Knights of The 21st Century” curriculum to anybody that is involved in men’s ministry. You can purchase it by clicking on the link below.

SHOW NOTES

Website: Knights of the 21st Century

Phone Number: 334-315-3086

Email: chapnoles@gmail.com

If you have been touched by the music that is shared during this podcast you can buy an album that was written and recorded inside of prison at “Another Captive Free.”

Episode 025: Danny Duchene, Celebrate Recovery Inside And The Importance Of It Inside of Prison

In this twenty-fifth episode of the Detention to Redemption podcast, I am releasing my second interview with Danny Duchene, from Lake Forest, California. Danny is the “Celebrate Recovery Inside Pastor” at Saddleback Church as well as the Celebrate Recovery Inside, National Director. Danny shares with us the importance of the Celebrate Recovery Curriculum inside of prison. Celebrate Recovery encourages fellowship and celebrates Christ’s healing power in the lives of people as they work their way along the road to recovery. Many anonymous programs provide help for a single issue; alcoholism, drug addiction, gambling, overeating, etc. Celebrate Recovery Inside deals with the whole person, every kind of issue that keeps people from being who God created them to be. Danny describes himself as a Celebrate Recovery Inside “Happy Customer” since he began Celebrate Recovery in 2003 while incarcerated at the Jamestown, CA prison.
This interview is mainly focused on Celebrate Recovery Inside, but for those who have not heard my original interview with Danny, I would encourage you to go back to Episode 15 where Danny shares with us his testimony! You will be encourage by both of these interviews so listen to them, rate them, give me a review on ITunes and share them with your friends!

SHOW NOTES

Website: Celebrate Recovery Inside

Curriculum: Celebrate Recovery Inside

Email: danny@saddleback.com

If you have been touched by the music that is shared during this podcast you can buy an album that was written and recorded inside of prison at “Another Captive Free.”

Episode 024: Rahje Spon, Founder of Tru Thought Shares The Importance Of Cognitive Curriculum In Prison

In this twenty-fourth episode of the Detention to Redemption podcast, I interview Rahje Spon, from Roscoe, Illinois. Rahje is the founder of Truthought.com a Pro-Social Influence Company dedicated to encouraging development and improvement in all aspects of society. They offer an evidence-based process designed to identify both positive and negative patterns in people’s thoughts and behaviors and guide them in developing personalized plans to improve their life. Truthought has developed the curriculum “Charting A New Course” that I currently use inside of prison and have found extremely effective!

Rahje shares with us how that this curriculum was informed by the clinical research/treatment study conducted by psychologist Stanton Samenow, who has written several books on the subject of criminal thinking, most notably, “The Criminal Personality (3 vol.),” and “Inside the Criminal Mind.” After decades of research, Samenow has identified in excess of 50 thinking patterns that are prevalent among criminals, which Truthought has incorporated into nine specific categories designated as “thinking barriers.”

You the listener will be encouraged by Rahje’s passion for this curriculum and how it has impacted many that are incarcerated! I most definitely would recommend this curriculum and I encourage you to check it out at the link below. Thank you for listening to this podcast and make sure you share it this with those whom may be encouraged and challenged by it.

SHOW NOTES

Truthought

Charting A New Course

Kingdom Thinking

Email: rahje@truthought.com

If you have been touched by the music that is shared during this podcast you can buy an album that was written and recorded inside of prison at “Another Captive Free.”

Episode 023: Erik Vecere, VP of National Fatherhood Initiative Shares About The InsideOut Dad Curriculum

In this twenty-third episode of the Detention to Redemption podcast, I interview Erik Vecere, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Erik currently serves as Vice President of Program Support at the National Fatherhood Initiative. It is the nation’s leading non-profit organization working to end father absence and its mission is to transform organizations and communities by equipping them to intentionally and proactively engage fathers in their children’s lives. National Fatherhood Initiative’s vision is for every child to grow up with an involved, responsible, and committed father. They provide tons of great curriculum but the one we spend our time talking about in this podcast is “InsideOut Dad.”

Erik shares with us that “InsideOut Dad” is the nation’s only evidence-based fatherhood
program that is developed specifically for incarcerated fathers and has been implemented in more than 25 state Departments of Corrections facilities and countless Federal of Bureau of Prison locations. He goes on to share with us his passion for this curriculum and why this curriculum has such an impact in father to family relationships. How it helps to improve behavior while still incarcerated and to break the cycle of recidivism by developing pro-fathering attitudes, knowledge, and skills, along with strategies to prepare fathers for release.

This is one of my favorite curriculums that I use inside of prison and I believe it gives incarcerated fathers the tools they need to become more involved, responsible, and committed in the lives of their children — providing increased motivation for them to get out and stay out.

The podcast is ended with the testimony of a formerly incarcerated man, Troy Gaines and his young son named Xavier. Troy shares in the audio how that the programs offered by National Fatherhood Initiative impacted his life and because of that his son was able to get his father back!

SHOW NOTES

National Fatherhood Initiative

Email: evecere@fatherhood.org

InsideOut Dad Curriculum

Episode 022; Ahmed Karim Handfield, Former Correctional Officer Using His Gift Of Music Inside Of Prison

In this twenty-second episode of the Detention to Redemption podcast, I interview Ahmed Karim Handfield, from Fayetteville, Georgia.  Karim is a former correctional officer and currently involved in prison ministry as a rap artist, singer, and song writer who was converted from the Muslim faith by the love of Christ. He has performed at over 400 functions in places such as New York, Maryland, Alabama, Georgia, and the two cities of Dakar and St. Louis, Senegal in West Africa. He currently raps at different events in Georgia and abroad while touching the heart of God’s people right where they are. He has opened up for Stevie Wonder, December Radio, Classic rappers Heavy D, and Big Daddy Kane.

Karim shares with us his testimony of how he received Jesus as his LORD and SAVIOR and how he feels that his assignment from GOD is to promote the Gospel with simplicity and understanding without compromise. He talks about his experiences as a correctional officer and how that has shaped his ministry today to the incarcerated. Karim’s passion to make a positive contribution to communities all around the world and especially to those in prison will inspire you to engage in prison ministry!

Make sure you check out his music project and Youtube channel as well as share this podcast with those whom may be encouraged and challenged by it.

 

SHOW NOTES

Website; www.karim4christ.com

Music; www.reverbnation.com/karimforchrist 

Youtube; KARIM HANDFIELD

Episode 021: David Lee Windecher, Lessons From The Journey Of A Defendant To Defense Attorney

davidIn this twenty-first episode of the Detention to Redemption podcast, I interview David Lee Windecher, from Atlanta, Georgia. David currently practices Criminal Defense in Georgia and Florida and is the Managing Partner for The Windecher Firm. David is also the Founder of RED, Inc. RED is a Georgia domestic public charity nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation. RED engineers rehabilitation programs for pre and post adjudication first­-time, nonviolent, youthful offenders. RED’s rehabilitative programs enhance the employment potential of individuals with a criminal record while emphasizing the safekeeping of our communities.

David has also written an autobiography “The AmerIcan Dream, HisSto41OyV8Mg3VL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_ry In The Making” to portray the difficulty of obtaining the American dream as an impoverished minority. David shares with us his journey from defendant to defense attorney.
Raised impoverished in the streets of Miami, David was only eleven years old when he was first arrested for shoplifting which led to a lifestyle that eventually led him to prison. He tells of the difficulties that he faced when he tried to rebuild his life and his passion for those in the criminal justice system that are facing similar challenges.

You the listener will be challenged by David’s love and passion for the people he serves as well as his faith in God! Make sure you check out his book as well as share this podcast with those whom may be encouraged and challenged by it.

SHOW NOTES

The Windecher Firm

Stop Recidivism/RED Inc.

The AmerIcan Dream, HisStory In The Making (Book)

If you have been touched by the music that is shared during this podcast you can buy an album that was written and recorded inside of prison at “Another Captive Free.”

Episode 020: Scott Pace, People Of The Second Chance Executive Directors Testimony And Mission

scottIn this twentieth episode of the Detention to Redemption podcast, I interview Scott Pace, from Charlotte, North Carolina. Scott currently serves as the Executive Director at the “People of the Second Chance.” He shares with us his testimony of how his life was changed by a spending a short time inside of prison and how that led him to serve in the ministry capacity that he does now. His love for the incarcerated is evident as he shares with us how their ministry “People of the Second Chance” is impacted the lives of the incarcerated throughout the United States. “People of the Second Chance” mission is to help people find beauty and purpose in their story of struggle by creating new pathways to God’s grace. They build simple tools that help individuals find the awesome in their setbacks and inspire their followers to fight against the forces of judgment, hatred and shame in our society.

You will be blessed by Scott’s testimony and the ministry that he currently serves with! I encourage you listen and share this episode with as many people that you can!

SHOW NOTES

People of the Second Chance

Prodigal Party

Wonder Life (Curriculum)

Freeway (Curriculum)

If you have been touched by the music that is shared during this podcast you can buy an album that was written and recorded inside of prison at “Another Captive Free.”