Profile of Jay Brands

  • Ordained Chaplin, Calvary Chapel Pomona Valley
  • Area Director – Bill Glass, Behind the Walls, National Prison Ministry
  • Consultant – Jesus is the Key Ministries, State Prisons and County Jails


Jay Brands

Ordained Chaplin

Out of a life of over 30 years of alcohol and drug addiction, and too many other sins to catalog here, on June 16, 1997, Jesus came for me, and I was “Born Again”. My life changed 180 degrees in a heartbeat. I knew I was a new creation, although I don’t remember hearing those words on (or before) that night. Today, it seems that God is using everything I have ever done: Good, Bad or Indifferent (Rom. 8:28).

My first contact with Prison Ministry was as a teammate through the Bill Glass, Champions for Life Ministries, on a Day of Champions in 2009. My life was changed that day, as I saw the Holy Spirit move, using teammates like myself, to bring the Gospel to many men and women. It was a revelation. The Mission Statement for Bill Glass Ministries is: “To Assist the Church by equipping and igniting Christians to share their faith in Jesus Christ with the “least of these”. I am currently Area Director for the Bill Glass, Behind the Walls Ministry in Southern California.

I was next introduced to Jail Ministry at the Los Angeles County Men’s Central Jail (MCJ), where some of us were allowed to go in and teach, evangelize and minister to the men incarcerated there. Through that, we were asked to go into the California Institute for Men (CIM – Chino, State Prison) with Jesus is the Key, an evangelistic and teaching Ministry founded by the Senior Chaplain at MCJ, Ed Welsh. I currently go into CIM 10 -15 times a month, where I have been cleared to escort others, and to have access to the Chapels in the four yards. I teach Bible Studies, hold Services and Counsel. I am currently a consultant for the Board of Jesus is the Key Ministries.

For over a year and a half, I have been on the Board of Directors of The Shepherd’s Door Prison Ministry. During this time there has been much prayer, soul searching and seeking God’s Wisdom. We are now going forward, following the Holy Spirit. “Our vision is to bring the gospel to inmates for their salvation, discipleship and development into Biblical leaders who are equipped for the welfare of their communities.”

These three Ministries bring to full circle what started in that yard, five years ago.

  1. Bringing the Gospel,
  2. Teaching Biblically – who God is, who we are, and that God has a plan for us, and,
  3. Putting those things in action.

I am blessed to be a part of The Shepherd’s Door Prison Ministry.