The following is part of a series of Interviews of Prisoners and Prison Ministers by the Rev. Canon William Barnwell of Kairos Prison Ministry. We will publish a series of interviews Barnwell conducted with prisoners about Kairos as part of our Christianity at Work project. The first article in this series can be found here.

“Prisons are such loveless places. You always needed to hear God’s Word.”

November, 25, 2011, New Orleans

WHB: I am talking in our home with Lawyer Winfield, Jr., about his life, his prison experience and his time with Kairos—particularly Kairos #53 at Angola Penitentiary. 

Remember, Lawyer, this is your story. Tell me about how you grew up–where were you and what was important to you? How did you end up in prison, and what has Kairos meant in your life?

I grew up in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, in the Desire Housing Project. It was the biggest public housing development in America. A world within itself. A community set off to itself, with mainly poor people. I came up with both my parents. My father was born in 1900 in Tickfaw, Louisiana, and came here in the 1920s. He married my mother, who was fresh out of high school, when he was almost 40 years older than my mother. Read More…

The following is an introduction to Kairos Prison Ministry by The Rev. Canon William Barnwell. We will publish a series of interviews Barnwell conducted with prisoners about Kairos as part of our Christianity at Work project.


One out of every one hundred American adults is living in a prison—2.2 million altogether—the most per capita of any country in the world. The national average is 502 prisoners per 100,000 citizens.” Many of these men and women will spend much or all of their lives in prison. Stories abound—especially on television—of their violent lives inside as well as outside of prison.

The primary purpose of this series is to let some prisoners who are sentenced to be incarcerated for life tell their stories and, at the same time, let some of the determined volunteers who work with Kairos, an amazing national prison ministry, tell their stories. I begin with explaining something about Karios.

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My Sister’s Keeper is a women-led, women-focused, humanitarian action group.

We are a faith-inspired, multi-racial, collective of women who work together to lend sisterly assistance to communities of women in various locations throughout the World. At present, we are focused on supporting the aspirations of women in the African country of Sudan. It is our hope that our way of working together will inspire other small groups of women to form sisterhoods that support the hopes of women who dare dream in the face of dire socioeconomic conditions. Such is the essence of My Sister’s Keeper.

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