Success StoriesStories about some of the men and women who volunteer and those who are ministered to through the CJAMM ministries
Earlier this year, I received a wonderful letter from Meagan Gaddis, a 27-year-old woman from Oklahoma City. She was writing to thank the General Board of Church & Society for the Peace with Justice grant supporting Exodus House, part of Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries (CJAMM) of the Oklahoma Conference.
Two men made clear God’s good work through Criminal Justice & Mercy Ministries (CJAMM) when they spoke at a recent Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.
About 60 people saw Steve Bear of Tulsa honored as volunteer of the year and heard keynote speaker Tony Altizer of Oklahoma City. Both support CJAMM’s two Exodus House programs for newly released offenders and their families.
News media began calling clergyman Adam Leathers after the controversial Oklahoma execution on April 29 of Clayton Lockett, who killed Stephanie Neiman in 1999.
In the state that executes more prisoners per capita than any other state, according to National Public Radio, Lockett’s death by lethal injection did not go as planned. Public criticism and questions erupted. The United Methodist Church opposes capital punishment (para. 164G, Social Principles, The Book of Discipline).
Stan Basler heard the yelling as he walked through the state’s maximum-security men’s prison at McAlester. “The wicked shall overcome the righteous!” men shouted.
He was there to lead the first Kairos weekend inside an Oklahoma Department of Corrections facility. The year was 1994, and Rev. Basler was new director of Criminal Justice & Mercy Ministries (CJAMM) of the Oklahoma Conference.