Kairos Prison Ministry International

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Kairos Prison Ministry International, Inc. (Kairos) is a lay-led, interdenominational Christian ministry in which men and women volunteers bring Christ's love and forgiveness to prisoners and their families.

The Kairos programs take the participants on a journey that demonstrates the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. Kairos Prison Ministry is Christian in nature, although no religious affiliation is necessary to be a participant.

The programs involve a structured model that includes the weekend experience, followed by guests or participants gathering regularly for accountability, support, and prayer.

One Ministry, Three Programs:

Kairos Inside brings positive and negative leaders together, in both male and female prisons, for a 3 day weekend designed to start building the Christian community inside the institution.

Kairos Outside is a special weekend retreat designed to support the female relatives/friends of men and women who are or have been incarcerated, or women who were unable to attend Kairos Inside while in prison, followed by a continuing ministry.

Kairos Torch offers an initial weekend, followed by a long-term mentoring process that encourages young men and women to move towards making better life choices.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Kairos Prison Ministry International
100 DeBary Plantation Blvd
DeBary, FL 32713

Website: kairosprisonministry.org

Phone: 407-629-4948

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 591970458

CEO/President: Evelyn Lemly

Chairman: Susan Dyer

Board size: 17

Founder: "The Nine Old Men"

Ruling year: 2003

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end:

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2012


Vision: A Community spiritually freed from the effects of imprisonment reaching all impacted by incarceration, through the love, hope, and faith found in Jesus Christ.

Mission statement

The mission of the Kairos Prison Ministry is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women and youth, as well as their families, to become loving and productive citizens of their communities.

Statement of faith

We in Kairos believe:

The Bible is God's authoritative and inspired word for our faith and our lives.

In the Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

In the deity, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Friendship with God is a free gift, for God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

The love of Jesus Christ motivates His followers to provide food for the hungry, drink to the thirsty, welcome to the stranger, clothes for the naked and visits to the sick and those in prison.

In sharing the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ with all incarcerated individuals, their families and to those who work with them inside and outside the correctional institution.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Evangelism

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating379 of 111013 of 45
Fund acquisition rating231 of 11117 of 45
Resource allocation rating489 of 111125 of 45
Asset utilization rating659 of 111024 of 45

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$333,208$225,481$282,931
Short-term investments$1,096,325$742,053$224,646
Other current assets$0$0$0
Total current assets$6,276,385$5,599,088$5,007,647
Long-term investments$80,000$0$80,000
Fixed assets$452,321$458,304$452,513
Other long-term assets$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$532,321$458,304$532,513
Total assets$6,808,706$6,057,392$5,540,160
Payables and accrued expenses$145,972$103,831$94,156
Other current liabilities$5,625$8,482$0
Total current liabilities$151,597$112,313$94,156
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0
Total liabilities$151,597$112,313$94,156
Net assets201820172016
Without donor restrictions$6,457,081$5,734,342$5,220,837
With donor restrictions$200,028$210,737$225,167
Net assets$6,657,109$5,945,079$5,446,004
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$7,029,671$6,688,422$6,576,057
Program service revenue$57,863$42,160$58,590
Membership dues$0$0$0
Investment income$38,447$0$0
Other revenue$0$15,258$18,285
Total other revenue$96,310$57,418$76,875
Total revenue$7,125,981$6,745,840$6,652,932
Program services$5,130,810$4,761,027$4,786,501
Management and general$977,150$1,292,577$1,174,196
Total expenses$6,331,132$6,246,765$6,142,328
Change in net assets201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$794,849$499,075$510,604
Other changes in net assets($82,819)$0$0
Total change in net assets$712,030$499,075$510,604


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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 4/23/2024. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


The history of Kairos begins with the first three day "short course in Christianity" inside Union Correctional Institution at Raiford, Florida in the fall of 1976. It was called Cursillo in Prison.

By 1978, six states were presenting a Cursillo short course in prisons.

The national Cursillo office determined these Cursillo in Prison ministries should be supervised by a central authority and that their format be modified to more closely align with inmate needs. Cursillo asked the Florida group to design such a program.

The history continues with nine volunteers, who were on the very first weekend - today affectionately referred to as the "Nine Old Men." They redesigned the program and renamed it "Kairos" (Greek for "Gods Special Time").

Kairos Inside - The first "Kairos" Prison Ministry weekend was presented in 1979. Following that first weekend, the Cursillo office directed other areas doing Cursillo in Prison to stop using the Cursillo name and join Kairos. This program is now called Kairos Inside.

Kairos Outside - In 1989 a chaplain at the San Quentin State Correctional Facility in California asked Kairos to create a program that would minister to the female family members of the incarcerated. In April 1990 the second of the Kairos programs, Kairos Outside, held their first weekend in Northern California.

Kairos Torch - The third Kairos program, Kairos Torch, had its first weekend in September of 1997 at a youth facility in Oklahoma. Kairos Torch was developed uniquely to address young people (25 and under) experiencing incarceration through one-to-one volunteer mentoring.

Today Kairos Inside, Kairos Outside, and Kairos Torch are supported by a staff of 12 and have more than 30,000 volunteers donating three (3) million hours of service each year.

Kairos sprang from the Cursillo movement and is supported by volunteers from the 4th Day movements such as Cursillo, National Episcopal Cursillo, Presbyterian Cursillo, Lutheran Via de Cristo, The Upper Room's Walk To Emmaus, and independently ecumenical Tres Dias, as well as volunteers from independent and non-denominational churches.

These volunteers serve in more than 400 correctional institutions and 86 communities in 37 states and 9 countries: Costa Rica, Australia, Canada, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Program accomplishments

Kairos is blessed by more than 30,000 volunteers worldwide, serving in nearly 500 locations, with weekly and monthly continuing ministry in each institution or community