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"Naked, and ye clothed Me; I was sick, and ye visited me:  I was in prison, and ye came to me."  -Matthew." --25:36


The prison ministry at St. John is part of the overall mission of "Saving Souls." This outreach ministry's purpose is to reach out to individuals who are incarcerated to give them hope through the message of Jesus Christ.    This ministry is not for the timid or the faint of heart.   Under the leadership and guidance of Pastor Gregory Black, Bro. Eddie Godley volunteers his time to go out to minister and witness to inmates in jail.   With a heart to serve and ready to share the gospel of Jesus Christ, Bro. Godley does not think of himself or any harm being brought to him, but he purpose in his heart to do the will of God by reaching out to a population which many  refuse to witness to.  

Luke 19:10 says, For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.  


June 3, 2023

We look to see you there. Bring your youth. Parents, grandparents,  aunts, and uncles we are asking you to take a day out of your busy schedule and come out to the GREENVILLE TOWN COMMON.  

105 E. 1st Street,  Greenville, NC 27858


The  8th Annual Youth Incarceration Prevention Ministry event. 


YIP Ministry Event 2020
YIP Ministry Event 2020
2019 Youth Incarceration Prevention Ministry event
2019 Youth Incarceration Prevention Ministry event

The 2019 annual Youth Incarceration Prevention Ministry Session was a huge success.  Many came from surrounding counties and Author and motivational speaker came from Virginia. 

Sheriff Paula Dance was the keynote speaker.  Many are already geared up and ready and excited to attend the next event.

Youth Incarceration Prevention Ministry Part II
Youth Incarceration Prevention Ministry Part II


St. John is providing an opportunity for parents and youths who are 13 years and older to take a trip to the Pitt County Detention Center in Greenville, North Carolina.  The youth will have a first hand look and experience in seeing what can happen if they become involved in things they shouldn't be, committing crimes, and doing thinghs their parents are not aware of.  The is Part II of the Incarceration Prevention Program which is spearheaded by Bro. Eddie Godley.    The visit wiill take place June 3, 2017.

Giving thanks to the volunteers.
Giving thanks to the volunteers.

On Saturday, April 16, 2016, The Pitt County Sheriff honored several willing and dedicated volunteers.  Eddie is shown above posing with one of the Sheriffs of Pitt County.  

A comment from the Pitt County Sheriff, "Thanks can never be enough for all you do!"

Shannon Keith

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Eddie Godley said that during the six years he has ministered to inmates at the Pitt County Detention Center, the average age of prisoners has continued to drop.

“It’s getting worse, not better,” said Godley, who does the prison ministry for the St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Stokes. “There are more teenagers and young people in there than older inmates.

“I was at the detention center recently and they brought in 10 new inmates,” he said. “The oldest one was 18 years old.”

The church hosted a Youth Prevention and Youth Incarceration talk on Saturday to discuss ways local youths and their families can break the cycle of incarceration among black teens.

“There is a high percentage of African-Americans in jail,” Godley said. ”When I go to visit inmates, all I see is black and orange.
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Contact Shannon Keith at and 329-9575

Pictures credit: (Abbey Mercando/The Daily Reflector)

Youth Volunteering with Lt. Clemmie German
Youth Volunteering with Lt. Clemmie German

James Jones Jr., center, volunteers to wear an orange jumpsuit, handcuffs and shackles during a demonstration at the Youth Prevention & Youth Incarceration talk at the St. John Missionary Baptist Church Soul Saving Center on Saturday, June 11, 2016. (Abbey Mercando/The Daily Reflector)

A bookmark from the event to honor volunteers for the Pitt County Sheriff.

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    St. John Missionary Baptist Church Soul-Saving Center
    2921 Briery Swamp Road
    Stokes, North Carolina 27884
    252.830.0259 (fax)