Correctional Institutions Chaplaincy

A Ministry of Love

The primary mission of CIC Ministries is to respond to the individual spiritual needs of detained youth and incarcerated adults in Santa Clara County, CA and present the good news of God's love and forgiveness. As people respond to those messages of faith, they can experience lives of purpose and hope.

3,500 men and women are incarcerated in Santa Clara County jails on any day. The average inmate's stay is six months, with some staying 8 - 10 years.

To serve their spiritual needs, CIC Ministries trains teams of volunteers to conduct Bible studies, group classes, worship services, and one-on-one pastoral counseling inside county jails. Join more than 300 volunteers from across the Bay Area who volunteer in jail.

Transformative communities promote

spiritual growth and healing

We at CIC Ministries look to create transforming communities, both within the jails and outside, that share God’s love and generate hope for redemption, reconciliation, and peace.

These were our major community-building events of Spring 2018:

Chaplain Angel Hernandez represented CIC Ministries on a discussion panel that explored “Ways to Engage Churches to Join Correctional Ministries,” at a church leaders’ summit in early March conducted by the Correctional Ministries and Chaplaincy Association in Wheaton, IL.

During Holy Week, four dozen volunteers from churches across Santa Clara County brought Easter Communion to 2,380 inmates, conducting a total of 56 worship services. Juvenile Hall’s All-Facility Easter Service was open to both boys and girls (a rare occurrence).

Chaplain Liz Milner delivered a sermon for the Social Justice week of “Faith Promise Month” April 15 at Crosswalk Community Church in Sunnyvale. Her sermon, “Only a Suffering God Can Help,” (linked here) is archived on

130 people came to see Rev. Nellie Lee speak about what inmates can do to plan for life after jail, at CIC’s April 22 Going-In, Staying-In jail ministry seminar, hosted by Antioch Baptist Church in downtown San Jose.

Of those, 38 applied to volunteer in jail ministry for the first time.

During Menlo Church's “Serve Your City” event April 28, Saratoga families, led by CIC Treasurer Bill Gott and his wife Betty Gott, prepared 400 Mother’s Day cards for inmates in Main Jail and the Women’s Jail, prepared materials for a vision-board art project at Juvenile Hall, and conducted a clothing drive for the jail, donating two van-loads of clothes for men and women to wear on their return home.

Two women’s groups invited CIC to speak at their meetings in late April and early May: Rev Liz Milner visited Christ Community Church of Milpitas, and Intern Beverley Boxill-German, a seminarian, visited Los Altos United Methodist Church.

Living, working and worshiping in community promotes spiritual growth and healing. We would love to visit your church, business, or community organization to share our stories.

Please contact Chaplain Liz Milner ( to schedule a visit.

We invite you to join CIC, and encounter God in jail ministry. The next Going-in, Staying-in Jail Ministry Training Seminar is scheduled for Saturday, September 8, 2018 at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 9:30-11:30 am. This free event is open to all.

CIC Ministries is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Donations are tax-deductible. Please send checks to CIC Ministries, PO Box 360068, Milpitas CA 95036

Faith-building is recognized by all as a powerful factor in rehabilitation, restoration, reconciliation and successful reentry into our community. Thank you for supporting jail ministry.