This ministry holds chapel services at Donovan State Prison. We try to reach inmates as they near the end of their sentence as we encourage and disciple them while still "on the inside." Our goal is for development toward a successful transition back into society as fruitful servants of Christ.

Do you desire to serve God? Do you have the ability to deliver an inspirational and motivating message? Do you have any musical talents? If so, this could be the ministry for you. This is an incredible ministry working with prison inmates nearing the end of their sentence, a ministry attempting to curb recidivism and encourage personal and spiritual development. There are opportunities for both men and women to serve.

Ministry Goals

The goal of our ministry is for prisoners to grow as fruitful disciples of Christ. We recruit volunteers to lead prayer and spend fellowship time with inmates. Volunteers become a team member that work closely to help the prisoner move through a continuum of discipleship that begins on the inside and continues to a successful transition on the outside back into society as a faithful servant of Christ.

Wish List

  • Volunteers with musical talent. Inmates will come off the prison yard and come into the chapel service if they hear music.
  • Men who have some experience in delivering messages to small groups. This is important to hold their interest.

Important Dates

This ministry visits R.J. Donovan State Prison on every Sunday evening. Volunteers leave the church at 5:30 p.m. and return about 9:30 p.m. The prison is located in Otay Mesa near the Mexico border.


Many of the EFCC men who participate in Donovan chapel service also serve with the Kairos International Prison Ministry organization. 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. Kairos activities include quarterly in-depth meetings with selected inmates to encourage the spreading of Christ's teachings within the prison.

Contact info

Contact Persons: Carlo Succi or John Waring
Phone: (858) 487-6771
E-mail: Carlo at [email protected], or John at [email protected].