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Juvenile Justice Ministries

Engaging Probationary Youth

Ministry Site Leader

Steve Telfer



Helping Teens Feel Seen, Heard and Valued

Young people in the juvenile justice system often feel overlooked. JJM chaplains come alongside these incarcerated youth to help them find answers, guidance, hope and comfort through one on one spiritual counseling sessions and small interactive chapel services. Our Bridgebuilders program also helps connect teens who have been released with mentors and positive peer groups.

Our Outreach

Impacting Teens in Five Detention Centers throughout Central Ohio

Franklin County Juvenile Detention Facility
Columbus (since 1996)

Multi-County Juvenile Detention Center
Lancaster (since 2004)

Central Ohio Youth Center
Marysville (since 2012)

Perry Multi-County Juvenile Facility
New Lexington (since 2012)

South Central Ohio Regional Juvenile Detention Center
Chillicothe (since 2017)

Life As An Incarcerated Teen

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Ways to Support Juvenile Justice Ministries

CHAPLAIN – Talk with youth detained in a detention facility. Teach Bible studies for small groups of detained teens.

DRIVER – Take teens to and from weekly Youth for Christ Bible studies.

BRIDGEBUILDER AFTERCARE MENTOR – Mentor and assist young people who have been released from a detention facility.

NOTE WRITER – Write notes of encouragement for teens who are serving a sentence in detention.

If you are interested in learning more, contact Steve Telfer at

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