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Volunteers' devotional during a training session

Volunteers’ devotional during a training session

The Dickson County Jail Chaplaincy exists to minister to the needs of the inmates, staff, and community of Dickson County through the county jail in Charlotte.

We believe that if Jesus were in Dickson County, one of the places he would spend time is in the County Jail. After all, didn’t He say that, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2:17)

Jesus also said that one way that you could distinguish his followers from those people who weren’t was whether or not they spent their time and energy with the hungry, thirsty, foreigners, naked, sick, and prisoners. God the Father says, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40)

Ladies' baptism service

Ladies’ baptism service

So, we believe it is important to be in the Dickson County Jail. This site will tell you a little bit about what we do there, how we accomplish it, and how you can help. If you have any questions, please ask!

If you want to get a quick look at what we’re doing, here’s a ten minute video that overviews the ministry. You’ll hear from staff, volunteers, and inmates about the work of the Dickson County Jail Chaplaincy.

Chaplain Chatter (June edition)

My Name is Aaron Terlecki and I am pleased to serve as the Chaplain of the Dickson County Jail. As my good friend and cousin Grant Allen says, “I’m covered up in some fired up!” Seriously, I am overwhelmed and overjoyed to serve in such an important and rewarding ministry.

Sheriff Bledsoe looks on during a baptism

Sheriff Bledsoe looks on during a baptism

God has given me the privilege and responsibility to pastor 250-300 inmates residing at the Dickson jail. What an awesome opportunity! I covet your prayers. Surely I cannot do this ministry justice without the power and help of the Holy Spirit of God. Pray for me, for the inmates, the staff, and the many volunteers who come into the jail on a daily basis in the name of Jesus.

I like for everyone to know at least 3 things about me:

1. I love the Lord. I strive to love Him with all my heart, mind, and strength. This is the first and greatest commandment. He has been a wonderful Savior and Shepherd for my life.

2. I love people. This is the second greatest command. These two commandments are inseparable. If a man loves God as he ought, he will love people as well, because God loves people! I love and sincerely hope to help the inmates at our jail.

3. I love the Word of God. I believe that God has given us a revelation, and that revelation is the Bible. I love to teach and preach from its inspired pages. I believe that its words hold the power to save people and to change lives. I am thankful for the opportunity to minister its truths in the county jail.

In addition to the above information, you may be interested to know that I will have been married to my lovely wife, Lori Terlecki, for 20 years this August. We have 6 incredible kids of whom we are very proud and are raising to know, love and serve the Lord. I have been a Dickson County resident since 1985.

Please feel free to contact me anytime night or day by phone or text at 615-441-4951, or by email at atfollowhard@gmail.com. May God lead you in the way of blessing.

Chaplain Aaron Terlecki
Psalm 63:8

P.S. Would you please pray about supporting this ministry on a monthly basis? Giving online is safe and simple! The Chaplaincy is supported entirely by the generous gifts of those who believe in its eternal value and importance. Thank you.

Making a Splash at Old Timer’s Day

A big THANK YOU to everyone who helped us spread the word at Old Timer’s Day in Dickson! We had lots of good conversations about the ministry and even saw several of our “former clients” doing really well.

We made a splash with the dunking booth, too! A big thanks to Chaplain Terlecki, Deputy Miller, Tom Todd, and Ted Williams for their time on the wet seat!

If you didn’t get to support us, would you today? Click on “give” at the top of this page. Any amount helps!

February Ministry News & Notes

Thanks for checking in with us! Here are a few of the new things we have going on…

Facebook: Have you liked us on Facebook yet? You can see pictures and quick reports from the daily workings at the jail. We also use it to get information out.

Civitan Donation

Civitan Donation

Civitan Club: A huge thanks to the Dickson Civitan Club for a generous donation. Did you know that we’ll come speak at your club, church, or event, to spread the news about the chaplaincy? Get in touch and we’ll get it scheduled!

Safety and Security Training: Our next Safety & Security meeting has been scheduled for Saturday, March 8th. If you want to be a volunteer (or if you just want to find out whether or not jail ministry is for you), you’ll want to be there. Contact the chaplain or any of the board members to get an application. We’ll need a copy of your Driver’s License and your social security number to run the background check.

This Website: Our website is brand new! We’re still getting things put together. Be looking for improvements in the coming weeks.