2010 IPM Award Recipient
Manuel A Cordero
Chaplain Manuel A. Cordero, D. Min. is the Correctional Ministries Representative of the Assemblies of God. He began serving in prison ministries 34 years ago as a volunteer. He then served as a staff chaplain, supervisory chaplain, regional chaplain and retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons as an Assistant to the Chief of Chaplains in Washington, DC. Chaplain Cordero has not only preached Jesus, but has also exemplified Christ’s life in action by working diligently where ever he could, to assist inmates in receiving proper care. In his recent trip to Uganda he met with prison officials in that country and organized a means by which the Gospel was preached, clothes and personal hygiene items were provided, and Bibles were presented. Manuel’s compassionate heart prompted him to personally organize resource raising efforts to provide care items for men and women locked behind bars in foreign countries. He also continues this same effort for inmates in the U.S. as well. Dr. Cordero is a professor at the Washington, D.C., Nyack College. He earned an M.Div from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary and a D. Min. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Palmer Seminary. He is an internationally sought after trainer and speaker.
“Manuel Cordero is the best qualified candidate for the IPM award due to his selfless, often sacrificial, commitment to prison ministry, experience in training and teaching this ministry, and reaching out to provide for those who are locked behind prison walls or released back to society." Chaplain Alvin Worthley, National Director, Assemblies of God Chaplain Ministries
2009 IPM Award Recipient
Jody Pinckney devoted many years to serving the women at Washington Corrections for Women in Gig Harbor, WA. Her vision of a women's conference in prison became a reality when she launched the first Women of Faith Conference in 1997 which continues on to the present. The weekend conference transforms the chapel into a beautiful sanctuary, with candle-lit dining tables, special guest speakers and Gospel singers. It has become the premier event at WCCW for both staff and inmates. During her 15 years at WCCW, she established a Leadership Team, led weekly church services, launched a Leadership Development program and developed Bible study series.
“Ms. Pinckney’s ministry exemplifies pastoral leadership. She has deep concern for people and respect for those who differ from her. She has prophetic insight which leads to opposing injustice wherever it is found; her commitment to Christ is demonstrated in seeking reconciliation between offenders and their families. She is kind, humble, forgiving and full of love. She is a true Ambassador of Christ.” ~ Belinda Stewart, Communications and Outreach Director, Department of Corrections, Washington State
2008 IPM Award Recipient
Carmen Warner-Robbins is the founder of Welcome Home Ministries, a faith-based women's reentry ministry located in San Diego County, CA. Welcme Home is staffed by women who have been successful in their reentry and who have experienced the hopeless feelings of incarceration. Carmen has been in correctional ministry for approximately 20 years. She started by volunteering in the Kairos community at Donavon Prison for men but after seven years of working with men, launched into ministry primarily to women. She became one of the chaplains for the Vista County Jail and started meeting with incarcerated women one-on-one.
"Carmen's Christian commitment exemplifies Christ. She exudes the godly-woman Christ has called her to be. Carmen walks in God's light and never waivers from her calling to preach the Good News. She is the servant God has asked her to be, humble, stepping into areas she has never been in, only to tell all who will listen about Christ's love for them. She has shown us how to become the women God created us to be. She is our mentor and has taught us the art of being a refined lady. She has set the bar higher for our growth and believed in us when we couldn't believe in ourselves. She never accepted the 'I can't.' She has always shown us that we could." Donna Nickel, Reentry Coordinator at WHM
2006 Award Recipient
Emmett Solomon began jail ministry as a volunteer in 1955. After attending seminaries in New York, Kentucky, and Fort Worth,TX, he began his career as a Correctional Chaplain in 1964 at the Hunstville Unit of the Texas Department of Corrections. After 20 years in that position, he was promoted to Director of Chaplain's Office, and after serving 10 years, he took early retirement and founded the Restorative Justice Ministries Network in 1993. This ministry sponsors regional restorative justice ministry conferences and facilitates ways for churches to contact formerly incarcerated people who request it. He is also the publisher of a quarterly trade jounal, "Restorative Justice News," which is mailed to 3,000 churches, 4,000 jails and prisons and 57,000 ministry volunteers across North America.
"Among the many words that describe Emmett Solomon are encourager, committed, diligent, impartial, faithful, humble, and strong in the Lord. His example of faithfulness to God's call on his life has given him a place in history that will continue to encourage men and women long after he is gone. I believe he will be remembered as 'a man of passion for restorative justice, not for an organization, but for true restoration for all hurting people, a man that continues to grow strong like a tree planted by a stream -a tree that produces fruit when it should and has leaves that never fall, and everything he does is succesful.' " Volunteer Shirley Orr Smith