Get a Bible Into a Prisoner's Hand, And It Will Change Their Life


Heart of America Prison Ministries

Established in 1995 to provide high-quality, leather-bound bibles for incarcerated prisoners, with a mission to lead inmates to Christ. Since then, we have provided bibles for thousands of prisoners and look to continue expanding our reach for Jesus.

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound.”

Our Mission


  • Our primary purpose is to reach prisoners with the Gospel of Jesus Christ by distributing personal, leather-bound Bibles to prisoners. Through our supporters, Heart Ministries has sent over 10,000 bonded-leather Study Bibles to individual prisoners since 1995, and that number continues to grow.
  • Many prisoners are inside for lengthy periods, and their Bible is their most cherished and most used possession. The enemy enters prison gates with pornography and many other dangers and distractions. Heart Ministries believes we provide sturdy, durable, bonded leather-bound Bibles that will last a lifetime and equip our brothers and sisters in prison for spiritual battle.
  • Heart Ministries gives prisoners discipleship materials to enable spiritual growth and equip prisoners to lead their neighbors to Christ.

Recent News

In the last four years, we’ve donated 15,000 copies of David’s action-packed redemption story, Jet Ride to Hell, Journey to Freedom, to 1500 prisons.

This year we donated 60,000 copies of his multi-author book, Nuggets of Gold, through our partnership with Bill Corum and Prison Power Ministries.

Six of David’s books are available for prisoners in 150 Edovo Tablet Readers and Christian Libraries International facilities.

Seven hundred thousand prisoners will be released this year in America.  Your support helps prepare your new neighbors to become better fits for your community.

Through your generous gifts and partnership, lives are being saved, discipled, and transformed by the thousands!

Statement of Faith

The following is a statement of our position of basic Christian doctrine

The Bible

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.


In One God

We believe that one God is eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.


In Jesus

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth according to the Scriptures, in His sinless life, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal return in power and glory.


In Regeneration

We believe that regeneration by the Holy Spirit is essential for the salvation of lost and sinful men.


In the Holy Spirit

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.


In the Resurrection

We believe in the resurrection of the saved and the lost; they are saved unto the resurrection of life and lost unto the resurrection of eternal separation from God (or damnation).


Our Team

David Hairabedian founded heart of America Prison Ministries in 1995. Through his efforts and his team, they were able to grow Heart of America Prison Ministries into a global outreach for incarcerated prisoners worldwide. Now, the group of volunteers continues to grow, along with the number of prisoners receiving bibles.

David Hairabedian


David is the co-founder of Heart of America Prison Ministries. David received the original Tree of Books Vision in 1990 while at Leavenworth, Penitentiary. David is also the critically acclaimed author of the true story Jet Ride to Hell and 14 other books and numerous audio teachings. He is a sought-after conference speaker, evangelist, and the chief visionary of Virtual Church Media,

Joanna Hairabedian

Co-Visionary Director

Joanna is an author, singer, and songwriter.  She’s known for her song, Your Silence is Deafening and Out of the Wilderness. Joanna and her husband, David, are co-pastors of Virtual Church Media. As a National pageant winner of three titles, she utilizes her Pageant titles to crown, empower and restore identity to women of all ages through Princess Crowning events.  Joanna has just launched her new podcast, “Reveal the Diamond Within”.

Elaine Hart

Operations Manager

Elaine coordinates day-to-day operations, focusing on HEART’s mandate to supply men and women behind bars with the Word of God. Her focus includes staff leadership, accounting, and publishing with the HEART prison ministry and general operations. Elaine’s background involves team leadership, writing, and speaking with the Kansas City Chiefs, Youth America Inc., Deeper Waters ministry and JH Ranch Outback.

Jeff L. Gay

President Emeritus

Jeff Gay has served in the Coast Guard and had a long career in retail management. He has owned and operated a property maintenance service. He is retired and is active in prison ministry and has previously served as President of HEART of America Prison Ministries and Senior Managing Editor of HEART Publishing. He is an ordained pastor through Ekklisia Prophetic and Apostolic Ministries in Oklahoma City. He has served on several ministry boards and has participated in nursing home ministry. Jeff has been active in local church service at several churches in the Warrensburg, MO and the greater Kansas City Metro area. He is semi-retired and continues to maintain a correspondence ministry with many prisoners around the country.

Join us

Join the Heart of Prisons Ministry Family

This Bible will be the only gift or piece of mail they receive this year some inmates. You cannot imagine the joy you bring a man or a woman when they receive their Bible.

Become a Sponsor Today!

It costs us $30 to send a new bible to a prisoner each month – $20 to source the book from our ministry partner, and $8-$10 to ship the bible to domestic US prisons.

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Lives Transformed

I wanted to let you know I received my beautiful Bible. Thank you so much for your faithfulness to all of us incarcerated. As Jesus said in Matthew 25, In as much as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me. May God continue to bless all of you at HEART of America as you continue to reach out and touch the world with the love of Jesus.

It begin to thank you for this beautiful Bible. I love it! And I really love the historical notes and the way it is illustrated through and through. This may sound crazy, but I think it means more to me because of the wait. I don’t know, but it seems almost like I grew into it. Please let the people whose donations and time were spent making this possible know that I really appreciate it and that I will be adding them to my prayer list. I hope one day to be able to help someone the way you have helped me, not only with this Bible, but also with your letters over the years. You have given me a great gift.