Jail Chaplains - Chaplain John and Chaplain Julia
The Madison Area Lutheran Council (MALC) provides the Chaplains for the Dane County
Jail in Madison, Wisconsin. The Jail Chaplains
are fully funded by contributions to MALC.

Please check out the Jail Chaplaincy Program  page to learn more about the importance of the program in at the Dane County Jail.

In addition to the Jail Chaplaincy program,
MALC provides the organization and support
for the annual South Central Wisconsin
Lutheran World Relief Boxcar Loading.

Thank you for your continued support to MALC and the Jail Chaplaincy program!

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Upcoming Events in support of the Jail Ministry serving Dane County

The MALC Board will soon be going on retreat as...

Long-Range Planning Has Begun

Thanks to the Siebert Foundation for funding this important work


The Jail Ministry provides spiritual care and guidance to all inmates of the Dane County Jail. For many inmates, ending up in jail can be a catalyst for self-reflection and spiritual awakening. This is where life changes begin.


The Lutheran congregations of Madison have been amazingly generous in supporting the ministry. In recent years, UCC congregations have joined in this support. But the ministry has struggled financially due to increasing expenses and shrinking revenues. The Madison Area Lutheran Council Executive Committee has recognized the importance of undertaking a process of purposeful planning with the goal of stabilizing funding so the work of the Chaplains can continue. As funding is stabilized, the Executive Committee will be able to shift its focus from fund-raising to other ministry issues such as strengthening the ministry and expanding services for meeting the spiritual needs of inmates.


We are immensely grateful to the Siebert Lutheran Foundation for the grant awarded to the Jail Ministry for this work that is critical to the long term viability and growth of the Jail Ministry.