The Way Out Chaplains

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.[a] The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling[b] the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

                                                                                                                         2 Corinthians 5:17-21 (ESV)

Jim was born on October 13, 1957.  He was born again on June 12, 1994 at a Billy Graham Crusade at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. He graduated in 1975 from Mayfield High School, Mayfield, Ohio.  After receiving an Associate in Arts in 1978 from Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, North Carolina, Jim spent 25 years as the owner of Great Lakes Decorating, a Northeast Ohio painting company. Choosing to follow Christ, Jim was called to full time ministry in 2000, and received an Associates in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute in 2006.  Serving as an ordained minister and chaplain for The Way Out Prison Ministry, Jim has been sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ in prisons, jails and detention facilities with people looking for hope.  In October 2013, Jim became the Director of Ministry.

Jim’s favorite past time is riding his bicycle on the many trails in Ohio, with Diane, his wife since 1998, providing road support.   


Claudia was born in 1949 and had her second birth on Easter Sunday 1978. She was a Physical Education teacher for 35 years both in NY state and Ohio. She retired in 2007.

Claudia became a volunteer with The Way Out and during her first 2 years took courses to obtain a minister’s license.  She was ordained through the Evangelical Church Alliance. Soon after an opening was available at the Portage Geauga Juvenile Detention Center only 8 miles from her home.  For 15 years she continues to coordinate the Thursday evening chapel services. During this time she also led a women’s Bible study at Glenwood Jail in Akron.

In 2014 she began a Bible study to the women at Geauga Safety Center where she leads a women’s team 2 times each month.  What a blessing it is to serve the Lord in these ministries to women and teens who desperately need deliverance that only Christ can give.

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