For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

  John 1:17

 

In 1989 the foundation of this ministry was formed and known as Freedom Flyer Ministries. This ministry grew through the years establishing a stronghold of volunteer chaplains in jails and prisons from local Baptist churches. This work was mainly in the Midwest area with volunteer chaplains working in Law Enforcement and Corrections in several facilities. These chaplains and volunteers continue to this day with the addition of other jails and correctional facilities since the new administration and start of L&GM in October of 2004. L&GM has chaplains currently ministering in 18 facilities in a nine state area in the midwest region of the United States. L&GM currently has three Regional Directors, one State Director and has developed and continues to grow in many ways since it‘s conception.

 

The South Central Director with L&GM is Zacarias Costilla and also Director of Operations. Mr. Costilla is from Faith Baptist Church (Pastor Rick Koonce) in Belleville, IL with his office located there. His staff is currently working in six facilities, (jails and prisons) in a four state area located in the lower Midwest. He has resumed this position from recently retired regional director and missionary Walter Shankle in 2015. Walt and his wife Margaret have been in this ministry since it‘s foundation in November 1989 as God has used them to establish the work in the South Central Region, and are both still active in the ministry today with Walt as Senior Advisor with L&GM.

 

The Chicago land and Great Lakes Regional Director is Ed D’Andrea. He is also the pastor of Beecher Fellowship Baptist Church in Beecher, IL and has as staff regularly working and ministering in the Kankakee County Jail since 2005.

 

North Central Regional Director is James Stroup. He is a missionary with L&GM and is sent from Faith Baptist Church, in Sterling, IL (Dr. Bryan Bice- pastor) Mr. Stroup currently has 12 facilities in his four state region which include 10 jails and two prisons Jim has been in this ministry since June of 1991. He is staff chaplain of Lee and Whiteside Co. Jails in IL.

 

Wisconsin State Director is James Craig. Jim is a member of Falls Baptist Church (Dr. Wayne Van Gelderen JR.) in Menomonee Falls, WI. Jim is the Administrative Chaplain at the Milwaukee Co. Jail (Central), and also active in the Waukesha Co. Jail and Fox Lake Corr, Center and Kettle Moraine Corr. Facility in Wisconsin. He has been with L&GM since 2012, and is also founder of Counted Worthy Ministries.

 

These men have a combined staff of over fifty volunteers working in a nine state region including state and

federal prison and local county jails.