How to Visit a Seminary Campus

Indiana State Prison Classroom (Photo by Prison Praise, 2007)Visiting Seminary for the Day

The best way to experience our prison seminary and get to know the students is by visiting the seminary for a day. Friends of the seminary at least 18 years of age are invited to visit our campuses. To arrange a visit by an individual or group please contact one of the faculty members. Professor Nathan Brummel will schedule visits to the Danville Correctional Center. Professor Paul Ipema will schedule visits to the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City, IN. Professor Ken Anema will schedule visits to the Westville Correctional Center in Westville, IN and the Rockville Women’s Prison in Rockville, IN. The chaplains will need personal information for a background check at least two weeks prior to the visit.

Attending Graduations

Commencement exercises are normally held in May/June. Friends of the seminary are invited to these celebrations.

Invitation to Sunday Worship Services

Our faculty normally preach in various prisons on the following dates:

Indiana State Prison in Michigan City, IN: first Sunday of the month. (At this time volunteers can only attend these services if they have a yellow badge: for information about obtaining a yellow badge, contact Professor Paul Ipema.) The service is from 7:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Central Standard Time. Plan to arrive by 6:45 a.m. The address of the prison is: Indiana State Prison, 1 Park Row St. Michigan City, IN 46360.

Westville Correctional Center, Westville, IN: Sunday evenings at 6:30 on the second Sunday of the month

Danville Correctional Center in Danville, IL: third and fourth Sundays of the month (students and faculty take turns delivering the chapel messages)

Information Needed for Background Checks

Indiana State Prison: Full name, current address, phone number, date of birth, driver’s license, whether you have relatives incarcerated in the state of Indiana, phone number.

Danville Correctional Center: Full name, current address, phone number, date of birth, social security number, race, gender, all the states in which you have resided, whether you have had contact with an Illinois inmate or released inmate.