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From Crime to Christ

Sharing a Hope that leads to a changed life

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Transforming Lives,
Saving Tax Dollars

GRO Pod improves recidivism by more than 50%

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The Great Commission

Each year over 1,500 inmates pray to
receive Christ in the intake area alone

Forgotten Man Ministries brings together inmates, chaplains, and lay-workers in the study and ministry of God’s Word.

FMM chaplains conduct daily in-house jail ministries that include Biblical one-on-one counseling, Bible correspondence courses, group Bible studies, discipleship training units (GRO Pods), distribution of Bibles and Christian books and wholesome books & magazines, showing of Christian DVD’s, and the facilitation of pastor visits and local church worship services.


Rev. Al Novak, a full-time chaplain with Forgotten Man Ministries, heads up a staff  including part-time  Administrative Assistant & Female Chaplain Sue Nolff,  and part-time GRO Pod Chaplain Leo Wynne – in addition to 29 volunteer associate chaplains involved in a variety of daily team ministries.

In addition there are over 200 jail ministry volunteers assisting with Bible teaching, correcting courses, and personal mentoring each month.

FMM Ministry Update for December, 2016

Bible Study Classes


Bible Courses Completed


Bible Lessons Graded


Professions of Faith

79 +

"Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations (including inmates) ...Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you." Matthew 28:19,20



Forgotten Man Ministries trains volunteer jail ministry chaplains online using the learning system.  A volunteer candidate must apply and be accepted before beginning their jail ministry training.  A $25 Course Registration fee applies for candidates upon receiving login information.  Candidates are not guaranteed a volunteer spot in the jail.  All applicants must complete the online training course and a Genesee County Jail Guidelines questionnaire issued through Chaplain Novak.  In addition, one must submit to a security clearance criminal background check and be granted approval by the sheriff in order to enter the county jail and conduct any jail ministry.




Preferred Photo No 1Winter Greetings!
Wishing you tremendous joy in
and throughout 2017!
Thank your for your support.
Terri and Chaplain Al Novak

FMM IS APPROVED BY ECFA : Evangelical Council for Financial Acountability
GUIDESTAR : Charity Check Verifying Nonprofit Eligibility
BBB: Better Business Bureau
MSA: Michigan Sheriff’s Association


JAN. GRO POD STUDENT WRITES: I am in the GRO Pod and we go through the Bible and learn so much in one day that I have to read my Bible to hold on to some of it. The GRO Pod touches me and moves something in my life every day. The Forgotten Man Ministries has helped me develop the skill I need to help others by sharing what I have learned. It has helped me cope with my depression. God came into my life and is completely taking over. I spend all my time learning and studying the Word and changing daily thanks to God. (Kevine 5D)