SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) — Eight inmates were recently baptized in the Tennessee River after the Sheffield Police Department says they all expressed a desire for change.
The department says they are happy to celebrate the men choosing to turn their lives in a good direction and say the baptisms were a perfect way to make that decision come full circle.
All of the men were baptized on September 11 in the Tennessee River, with Officer DJ Hall, Kyle Achord, Brian Welch and Jonathan Perry from The Meeting House Church in Muscle Shoals facilitating the event.
Dressed in black-and-white striped jail uniforms, the men waded into the water.
With somber faces, a few of them shed tears after being raised back out of the water. Some were smiling, and they all embraced afterward.
The Sheffield Police Department says the men made their decision during a monthly service held inside the jail, adding that throughout the various situations officers encounter, one of the end goals is to see lives changed for the better.
A video of the baptisms can be seen here.
DJ Hall, a Sheffield police officer and Outreach Coordinator for the Meeting Room, told News 19 that they were very excited to put this event together.
“These guys express change, they want change, but they just don’t know how to change,” Hall said. “I think they just need a little bit of help from some folks coming from the outside.”
Brian Hunt, founder of The Meeting Room, told News 19 that they will be having monthly services in the jail, and they hope this program will impact many more inmates over time.
“The end goal is to touch people’s lives,” Hunt said.
You can learn more about The Meeting House Church and what they do by visiting their Facebook page here.