CONVICTED BY CHRIST
OUR ORGANIZATION & SERVICES
Convicted By Christ, a 501 (c)(3) not for profit organization, is a Christian-based organization that helps men coming out of prison learn how to successfully reintegrate back into society. Convicted By Christ has been teaching former inmates how to live outside prison walls since 2011.
The main mission focus of CBC is accountability and group support for men, including those who struggle with addictions and a variety of issues such as substance abuse and mental instabilities. At times CBC offers minimal financial assistance to men to assist them in finding work, housing, or receive professional counseling if needed.
In 2011, the group was attended by five to seven men weekly and now has grown to almost forty. The men participate in large weekly gathering, group Bible studies, individual mentoring, events and activities – many opportunities to connect. Convicted by Christ believes men have a better chance of survival if they stick together.
Byron Boyd and Brian Myers formed Convicted By Christ in September 2011. Byron spent sixteen years incarcerated in prisons in New Mexico and Colorado and Brian has worked as a missionary in the four corners region of New Mexico since September of 2007 and is still currently doing so. Byron and Brian met writing letters to each other while Byron was still in prison. When Byron was released from prison in July 2011, Byron and Brian started meeting together weekly. After several weeks of meeting, Byron and Brian realized they shared a desire and passion to assist men coming out of prison to help them re-integrate back into society.
Byron became a Christian in prison where he also received discipleship and instruction from Isaiah Prison Ministry founded by Carolyn Evans in 1996. Brian became interested in prison ministry through Carolyn and she was the one who introduced Brian to Byron by way of letter correspondence.
Although Brian was Byron’s mentor, Brian felt that the Lord was going to name the men’s group through Bryon. The day after Brian shared this with Byron, the Lord gave the name Convicted By Christ to Byron. The group started meeting every Thursday night.
Convicted By Christ met for several months. In Summer 2012, Byron got a job on the oil rigs which took him away from some of the Thursday nights meetings because he had to work. Byron eventually stopped attending Convicted by Christ all together and then stopped answering phone calls. One of the last phone calls Brian had with Byron, he stated, “Brian, I am still in a prison. I’m just on the outside now. I don’t know how to live out here.” He went on to say to Brian, “You know, you don’t have to be in prison, to be imprisoned! There needs to be a group for men to show them how to live outside of prison walls. Don’t stop what you’re doing. You’re good at it. Men will listen to you and you’re not intimidating. I just can’t be a part of the group right now. I will continue to pray for you!”
Several weeks later, Byron quit his job, cut off his ankle bracelet and went missing. In December 2012, the police found Byron barricaded inside a building. After a long stand-off, Byron took his life. Brian wanted to quit and give up working with men from prison even though he knew this was part of God’s plan for his life. He remembered the words his friend Byron said to him several weeks earlier and that provoked Brian to continue the work of Convicted by Christ with even more passion and desire to persevere.
After Byron’s death, it became more apparent that there was indeed a need for a group like Convicted By Christ. Convicted By Christ is committed to help other men being released to not feel alone and give them something to live for. A plaque in memory of co-founder, Byron Boyd, sits on a chair each week for group.
The name Convicted By Christ has a different definition from what you might think. The definition from Webster’s dictionary describes convicted as to be damned, condemned, prisoned, blamed, confined; to defeat; to doom to destruction or sentenced. A convict is a person serving a sentence in a jail or prison.
But what “Convicted” means to Convicted By Christ?
Convicts - We want to reach out to men coming out of prison to help them re-integrate back into society.
~ Isaiah 42: 6-7; Matthew 25:36
Others- we also want to reach out to men caught in another kind of “prison”, addictions or strongholds of their own - those caught in a “spiritual” prison. ~ Isaiah 42:16; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
Needs- we trust God to use us to reach out to men to help meet their needs in whatever way we can - physical or spiritual. ~ Philippians 4:19
Victory- we believe there can be victory (freedom) for every man against whatever imprisons them through God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit! ~ Deuteronomy 20:4
Identity- we want men be set free from their “old life”, through Jesus Christ, and for them to learn how God sees them as a “new creation” ~ Romans 8:1-2; 2 Corinthians 5:17
Christ- we believe Jesus Christ is the very foundation of Convicted By Christ and that by Christ’s blood we can be set free and made clean. ~ Ephesians 2:20; Ephesians 2:13; Hebrews 9:14
Truth- we believe that when one confesses whatever holds them imprisoned, the truth of Jesus Christ is what sets them free. ~ John 8:32
Example- we believe that God can use those who have become a new creation in Christ to be an example and an encouragement to those still “caught in a prison”. ~ 1 Corinthians 11:1; Proverbs 27:17
Destiny- we want to see men reach and fulfill the purpose or calling God intended for them to become. We want men to trust the Lord to silence the “lies from the enemy” that speaks less of them than how God sees them.
~ Romans 8:37-39; Psalms 31:15
As a “Band of Brothers”, we provide support and accountability to men coming from jail or prison – men working to be free from addictions, past life patterns, and mental instabilities so that they can re-integrate back into healthy lives, families and communities.
Along with God, we are here to help men be transformed and break the bondages of whatever “their prison” may be.
Biblical Scriptures that foundational and have shaped Convicted By Christ:
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10—Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!
Proverbs 27:17—As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.
Isaiah 42: 7—to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.
Scott, a long-time resident of the area, moved from Great Bend, Kansas in 1960, graduated from Farmington High School and retired from Arizona Public Service after 34 years of service. Scott is active in prison ministry with Isaiah Prison Ministry and local jail visits. He also serves on the board of the Overcomers Program at the Brethren In Christ mission.
“CBC is a Christ-centered organization ministering to the needs of men wanting to live a life in relationship to Jesus Christ. I’m excited to be part of what God is doing and what He will do through this vision and organization. We teach, exhort, mentor, encourage and pray for men to live their lives as restored sons of God. We help bring men into their destiny of who they were created to be in the first place. The fact that we are the restored sons and daughters of God is a pretty good reason to get up every morning!”
~ Scott Nordman
Leo is part of the Four Corners with roots from Newcomb and Grants, New Mexico. Leo’s children and grandchildren live in Shiprock and he has called Farmington home for 47 years. Leo works at Arizona Public Service.
“Convicted By Christ services are critical to let other men know that there is hope, hope in God! I know what God can do for others – I’m not the same person I used to be and that’s all the proof I need.” ~ Leo Lucero
Carolyn is the founder of Isaiah 42:16 Prison Ministries. Carolyn has been ministering and touching women & men inmates for over 20 years with visits and Bible study programs. In addition, she leads Isaiah Ladies Recovery – God’s Way, helping ladies getting out of jail or prison or recovering from additions. Carolyn and her husband Jerry, who have lived in the area for over 35 years enjoy rafting in the area rivers.
“I have worked with men in jails and prisons for many years. I have seen many fail because they don’t have a support system when they are released. With CBC, men are accomplishing some of the goals in their lives, they have a purpose. If we want to stop crime in our cities, it starts with us working with those who are doing the crimes to help them understand there is a better way for their lives.” ~Carolyn Evans
Brian Myers, his wife, Rochelle, and six children are relatively new to our area. They have lived in the Farmington / Bloomfield area for nine years moving from Pennsylvania. Brian is currently employed as a missionary under the Brethren in Christ World Missions and his work for the past six years has been to minister to men in the jail / prison systems.
“I serve on the Convicted By Christ board because I want to a part of the work that only God can do to change and set the hearts of men free. It is important for our communities to have Convicted By Christ, a faith-based support group for men being released from jail to help them re-integrate back into society so they can become the husbands, fathers, and men of integrity. This also decreases the number of those returning to jail. I’m honored to have a hand in the work of God.” ~Brian Myers
Bryson was born and raised in the Farmington area. He currently attending San Juan College and working part time.
“I know there’s something special here and we are in the beginning stages of building something that will impact the lives of former inmates with the transitional program. Group nights are very influential for the men who attend with the doors wide open as another sanctuary for those in need. I serve on the CBC board because although there are challenges, it’s a joy to see how God works in all of this. I know that the outcome will meet a need in our community.” ~ Bryson Howard
Jay was also born and raised in Farmington, graduated from Farmington High School and employed with ConocoPhillips for 16 years. Jay is convinced that Farmington is an exceptional community to live in and raise a family. Jay and Gloria have been married 27 years, have 4 children and 9 grandchildren. He knows that the weekly group meetings are an excellent place for men to receive personal ministry, prayer, mentorship and accountability.
“I have been blessed to serve on the CBC board, working with Godly men and women for a common cause – to strengthen men in their relationship with the Lord. The Word of God states that we should make disciples of all men. CBC is an effective place to be a disciple and disciple other men. “ ~ Jay Wendeborn
Bob followed in his father’s footsteps and worked in the oilfields. Bob is now retired and enjoys his three sons and eight grandchildren.
“I am honored to be a part of Convicted by Christ, helping other men get their lives straightened out, as we encourage each other as brothers in Christ.” ~ Bob Day
Pat came to the area in 1975 to teach school in Bloomfield and has been active in the Farmington community in many capacities of employment through the years and now serves non-profit organizations through her business, Fundamentals Consulting. Pat and her husband, Dennis, truly call Farmington their home.
“The communities of this area are my home - I care deeply for the quality of life for my neighbors. The health of our community is shown in how we take care of others and I know it’s my responsibility to be part of good solutions. It’s an honor to serve on the CBC board, dedicated to providing services to men giving them Christ-centered opportunities to live and be part of a healthy community, family and life.” ~ Pat Gross
Larry, his wife Serena, and two adult sons have lived in Farmington for the past 19 years and call Farmington their home. Larry was employed in the Wal-Mart management team and in 2002 answered the call to go into full time ministry. Larry is the Associate Pastor at World Harvest Center. Larry loves being in full time ministry and couldn't see himself doing anything different. He loves people and seeing God do the miraculous in their lives.
“I have a passion to see the lives of men changed by the supernatural power of Jesus Christ. I believe completely in the vision of Convicted By Christ for men of our community.” ~Larry Moore
Buddy and his wife, Jimmie, have lived in the Four Corners area for over 3 years and been doing mission work on the Navajo nation for several years. Buddy & Jimmie also have a ministry called Ray of Hope Ranch, just north of Aztec, NM. Buddy also works for the City of Farmington.
Buddy wanted to serve on the CBC board because God has let him see what an influence CBC has on people’s lives. “CBC has had a great impact on my life and it is very humbling to see God change his people as they are discipled. I love being a part of the CBC family.” ~ Buddy Blake
BICWM (Brethren In Christ World Missions): http://www.bic-church.org/wm/
BICWM is an “arm or branch of missions” from the Brethren In Christ Church Denomination. They believe in sharing the gospel to every person and a church for every people.
Isaiah Prison Ministries: http://www.isaiahprisonministries.org/
Isaiah Prison Ministries’ heart and mission is to help people be set free from the bondages of sin and addictions that have held them captive for so long.
Four Corners Foundation: www.fourcornersfoundation.org/
The Four Corners Foundation is “a people who believe in people”. They believe that all people have value and despite their circumstances are worthy of dignity and respect.
Warrior at Heart Ministry: http://www.waheart.com/
Warrior at Heart Ministry believes in battling to heal and free men's hearts by inspiring and developing men to become the leaders and stewards that God intended them to be through the power of Christ's love.
JESUS? Do you know Him? Do you feel your life is in chaos? Are you wondering why it seems that you can’t break free from the pornography, depression, substance abuse, anger, or whatever else it is that is keeping you from moving forward or making you feel you are at your lowest point and not even wanting to live? Do you feel like you can’t forgive someone in your life or can’t forgive yourself of something that you have done? Do you feel alone and like no one cares or will listen to you? Do you feel ugly or dirty inside and out? Do you feel unworthy and that you will never measure up or be good enough for anyone? Do you feel like you are a mistake?
These are only a few questions of many that can be asked, but if you answered “yes” to even one of the above questions, then I have the answer for you! JESUS CHRIST- A relationship with Him! This is what Convicted by Christ believes is the “Foundation” to live a life free of the chains and heavy weights that pull you and many others down.
Along with Jesus Christ, we believe the Holy Bible is the guide book and key that can open the door to help you answer “no” to the questions above and any other unanswered questions you may be asking yourself!
It says in the Bible, in John 14:6, “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life’.”
If you are struggling and need answers, just simply ask Jesus Christ to come into your heart and take control of your life. That is a great place to start! Jesus loves you just the way you are. You are not a mistake! If you want a relationship with Jesus or if you have just asked Him to come into your heart, contact us and let us know simply by clicking the “Contact” button on the home page and fill out the information. There are those from Convicted by Christ that would like to pray with you and for you. Don’t give up! There is an answer- His name is Jesus Christ!
BYRON'S HOUSE OF HOPE
BYRON'S HOUSE OF HOPE
As Convicted By Christ continues to look to the future, we have joined with the Four Corners Foundation (FCF) to address another community problem. Statewide, New Mexico is facing the problem of a growing prison population due to extremely high recidivism rates. Over half of all released inmates released will return to prison within a year. Currently, there are no facilities for incarcerated men to serve out their parole in San Juan County and there are inadequate community resources to provide effective re-entry programs and facilities for former inmates. There is a growing need for a residential facility where men, many who are husbands and fathers, can serve out their parole in a safe and stable environment while learning life skills to become stable, responsible providers for their families and homes.
Bryon’s House of Hope, named after one of the founders of Convicted by Christ, is becoming a reality. Only clean and sober, non-violent / non-sex offenders will be accepted into the year-long program. The men’s reintegration program is structured from proven models with strict house rules, directing residents to appropriate support services, finding employment, financial management, and various life skill course requirements.
Bryon’s House of Hope meets an important need in our community and will help many men successfully re-enter society as functional, self-sufficient members. Many of these men are husbands and fathers who desperately need to life skills to become stable, responsible providers in their families and homes.
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Statewide, New Mexico is facing the problem of a growing prison population due to extremely high recidivism rates.
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HOUSE OF HOPE
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