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 of MALC and the Jail Chaplaincy program!


Chaplain Christa joined the Dane County Jail in early September. She is serving as the Interim Chaplain to the men, on a part-time basis, until a permanent chaplain is appointed. After high-school Christa studied Biology and Art at Mills College, a women’s college in Oakland, CA. Many years later she went on to study and received her Master’s Degree in Theology from Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. While at Wartburg, Christa studied under Chaplain Julia and then served as a substitute chaplain for both Chaplain Julia and Chaplain John. Her theological studies included extra work in the areas of incarceration, mental illness, poverty, domestic abuse and addiction. 

Christa also works with Chaplain Julia on the Backyard Mosaic Women’s Project, a Huber program for women, and on a Human Trafficking task force. In addition to this, she also leads “A Sisterhood of Saints and Sinners,” a worshipping community specifically for women who have been released from jail or prison.

As Interim Chaplin she is working with Chaplain Julia to develop a more substantial library, including more materials on Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Catholicism, Pagan traditions and Spanish-Language materials. It is also her hope to develop a group of male pastors who are available to meet with men on an as-needed, individual basis.   

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Thank you Chaplain John!

Words cannot express the gratitude of hundreds of incarcerated people, their families, jail staff, and the MALC Executive Committee for the spiritual care 
Chaplain John has provided during his tenure as Jail Chaplain. 

We are very sorry to see him leave the chaplaincy, but are happy that he will now have time to pursue things that will feed his soul. We are blessed that he will continue to share his artistic talent within the walls of the jail.

In Chaplain John's words...

It is hard to put into words all the ways I have appreciated this jail ministry. As I anticipate retiring as chaplain on Aug. 31, gratitude fills my heart. I am so thankful 
for the deep partnership that makes this work possible: the Sheriff department staff, Julia, the MALC board, and you congregations have all been generous in loving support in so many ways. This has been the best ministry I have ever done with 
God's help. I enjoyed bringing my creative energies to the challenges of sharing 
the good news of Christ among searching and hurting hearts. I assure you that 
they helped me grow as well. 

At 66 I am looking forward to more time at my easel and with my grandchildren. 
While I was able to do some writing that extended my reach to people in jail, the 
next "chapters" are waiting to be written. I will remain in Madison and hope to 
volunteer in the jail using the expressive arts process. 

Peace and Joy in the Living Christ! 

Chaplain John Mix

        Thank you to everyone who attended Jazz for the Jail!

                            The concert was a great success, taking in $3,062.

                       Thank you Chance Allies and the Fundraising Committee.

Upcoming Events in support of the 

Jail Ministry serving Dane County

Liaisons Meeting
Sunday, September 27th • 3:30 to 5pm
St. John's Lutheran Church • 322 E. Washington Avenue • Madison

How have you been sharing the news of the jail ministry with your congregation? Do you have a success story to share? Have you run into obstacles? Or, have you refrained from doing outreach because you feel ill-equipped to speak about MALC's Jail Ministry?  

Regardless of where you are on the spectrum of outreach and advocacy, we are here to provide support and encouragement.  

MALC is holding the Annual Liaison Meeting on Sunday, September 27 from 3:30 - 5:30 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Madison. At this meeting we will share an overview and update on the ministry, provide you with general information on the role of Liaison and equip you to promote MALC's ministry within your congregation, lifting up the spiritual and physical needs of the men, women and children in the Dane County Jail. 

In addition to this valuable training you will also meet the MALC Board and the Chaplains, hearing directly from them about the impact this ministry continues to have on people, families, and communities throughout Southern Wisconsin.

Thank you for all the work you have already done. We look forward to a successful and productive year ahead!  

Lutheran World Relief Boxcar Loading
Saturday, October 10th • 7am to 12pm
Intersection of E. Johnson Street and First Street • Madison

Show your support for those in need by loading boxcars with donations from around Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. Donations are railed to Baltimore where they are stored until they are needed in emergency situations in countries around the world. Donations have been shipped to: Afghanistan, Armenia, Cameroon, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Nicaragua, Philippines, Serbia, Tanzania and Yemen.