Webinar: "Beyond the Walls" - Dec 12


Each year more than 650,000 men and women are released from state and federal prisons.  Studies show that approximately two-thirds will likely be rearrested within three years of release (>> view source).

How does the Church provide beloved community for our brothers and sisters returning home? What steps can the Church take to reduce recidivism?

In this webinar attendees will hear stories from people who have experienced the criminal justice system first-hand, learn what barriers exist for returning citizens, and discover practical steps we can take to do Church “with” and not “for” justice-involved individuals.


  • Miea A. Walker, MSW, Criminal Justice Manager of the Policy and Advocacy Division with Forward Justice (Durham, NC)
  • Dr. Sarah Scarborough, Founder and Director of REAL LIFE (Richmond, VA)
  • Corey Purdie, Executive Director of Wash Away Unemployment (New Bern, NC)
  • David Chatham, Senior Marketing Consultant (Raleigh, NC)



Webinar Title: "Beyond the Walls: Cultivating Gospel-Centered Relationships"
Date: Thursday, December 12
Time: 12-1:30PM (Eastern Time)
Cost: FREE! (Donations are encouraged—click to donate)

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Anyone can join this webinar, but it is specifically designed for individuals who:

  • have a desire to serve in jail/prison ministry;
  • have a loved one returning home from incarceration;
  • are currently involved in jail/prison ministry;
  • have a desire to serve in re-entry ministry


By registering for this webinar, participants will receive:

  • the full slide presentation and webinar recording
  • links to supporting resources


Meet The Panelists:

Miea A. Walker, MSW
Miea is a social justice advocate and a prison abolitionist whose passion is addressing the intersectionality of race, class, gender and reentry for incarcerated men and women. Currently, Miea is the Criminal Justice Manager, of the Policy and Advocacy Division with Forward Justice. Forward Justice is a law, policy and strategy center dedicated to advancing racial, social and economic justice by partnering with human rights organizations at the forefront of social movements in the US South. Additionally, Miea serves as the chair of CCDA’s mass incarceration task force. In 2016, Miea’s personal journey with the justice system was featured in Christianity Today. In 2017, Miea was appointed to serve on the Governor’s State Reentry Council Collaborative to address the inequities of justice-involved people during their transition back to the community. Most notable about Miea is her love and commitment to serve those who are marginalized and often overlooked. Her goal is to dismantle the stigma and shame around incarceration and to see her people free.

Dr. Sarah Scarbrough
Dr. Scarbrough is the founder and director of the REAL LIFE, which was birthed from her program in the Richmond City Justice Center after continually seeing the obstacles and hurdles those exiting incarceration continued to face. Her vision was to more comprehensively serve those in adverse situations and through REAL LIFE and the corresponding Community Center and recovery house, she and her staff are able to do just that. Prior to REAL LIFE, she was the Program Director in the Richmond City Justice Center (jail) for 5 years. She received her PhD and Master’s from VCU (go Rams) and bachelor’s degree from UVA Wise. When not working, she stays busy with her three children and husband!

Corey Purdie
Corey devotes his life to helping people who have been incarcerated or served in the military to reintegrate into their families and communities through faith-based education, mentorship, and support services. At 16, Corey was convicted as an adult and served eight years in prison. In 2015, he was named Volunteer of the Year in the same prison where he was once a resident, Pamlico Correctional. He currently serves as a reentry liaison for men exiting Pamlico Correctional to communities across North Carolina. Corey is also the executive director of Wash Away Unemployment, a 501(c)(3) in New Bern that supports justice-involved people with life skills training, housing resources, transportation, and family reconciliation. Corey serves on the Craven/Pamlico Local Reentry Council, which he helped the NC Department of Public Safety, local leaders, and service providers establish in 2012.

David Chatham
David is a proven results-focused marketing consultant with a broad range of experience in communications, marketing and public affairs across a variety of industries including technology, associations, health care, telecommunications and economic development. He has been working in the PR and marketing world for 20 years, spending time at a number of large firms. Currently the Senior Marketing Consultant at Angel Oak Creative, a marketing firm in Raleigh, NC that serves non-profits, David now has the joy of serving those who serve others. He looks at his work with Angel Oak as an opportunity to honor the skills God has blessed him with by tackling the tough jobs for organizations that have audacious missions, humble budgets and limited manpower.


These webinars were designed with you in mind. We want to make sure you are encouraged and inspired on a consistent basis, as well as provide tools to enhance your leadership development.

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