prison & jail ministry

Prison Ministry: The men of First Baptist Rutherfordton, along with other churches in the community, provide weekly worship services at the local State Correctional Center in Spindale. First Baptist leads worship five times a year on a regularly scheduled Thursday evening. Interested worship leaders must participate in a brief training session to be part of the worship service.


Jail Ministry: First Baptist Church of Rutherfordton is located at 246 North Main Street. The Rutherford County jail is located directly across the street, approximately 200 feet away. In addition to Sunday being a day of worship, Sunday is visitation day at the county jail.


Each Sunday, rain or shine, hot or cold, families gather outside the county jail. Spouses, children, parents and others, wait their turn to spend a few moments with their loved one. For many, it is an anxious, stressful time.


Each Sunday, rain or shine, hot or cold, First Baptist Church volunteers are outside the jail, offering coffee, orange juice, donuts, and encouragment to any who desire to engage in conversation. We listen to their situations. For those who wish, we pray for them. We invite them to church. It is our small way of communicating that, no matter what the circumstances, you matter, and you are loved.