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Chaplain's Corner

The Chaplain's Division is made up of the Senior Chaplain who is appointed by the Sheriff.   Assistant Chaplains are appointed by the Senior Chaplain with the approval of the Sheriff.  The Chaplains are area pastors and lay ministers who volunteer to lead weekly Bible Studies for the inmates who seek spiritual guidance while incarcerated in the Knox County Jail.

Bible studies are held in the jail library three nights a week for the male inmates and two nights a week for the female inmates.  Each Chaplain structures his bible study in the manner that he feels is most effective. Inmates are encouraged to use their time to grow in their spiritual understanding and develop Christian ethics that will lead them to becoming responsible citizens upon their release.

The Chaplains also serve by aiding Department employees with death notifications, job related stress counseling as well as with personal, financial, marital and family counseling.  The Chaplains are available to aid the Department efforts and the general public in times of major disaster.


The Chaplains have a call-out schedule and someone is always available, 24/7, whenever needed.  Knox County Sheriff's Deputies can call out a Chaplain when they encounter a situation where he or she feels a Spiritual Leader can be of assistance.

Chaplains make themselves available when, in a Deputy's judgment, tragedy or circumstances warrant spiritual counseling to a crime victim or citizen. Chaplains are trained in giving death notifications whenever that unfortunate duty falls upon the Knox County Sheriff Department.


Area churches donate Bibles, daily devotional guides, and other study materials for use.  To donate resources, please contact the Senior Chaplain.


RU is a faith based addiction recovery program which teaches that God can set addicts, regardless of addiction, free.  It is rooted in the doctrine of the Independent Baptist Church. There are over 600 chapters nationally and there are chapters in eleven other countries.

The program in the Knox County Jail is ran by Pastor Gary Bane of Prairieland's Baptist Church. It meets on Tuesday morning for male inmates and Thursday mornings for female inmates. Study materials are provided and follow-up upon release is available through Pastor Bane.

Pastor Gary Bane 2093 West  Knox Road Galesburg, IL 61401 Ph: (309) 343-2739


Senior Chaplain John Bodenhamer First Baptist Church C.O.P.S. Certified Lay Minister- Unchained Ministries Member of International Conference of Police Chaplains Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor

"Though the programs offered at the Knox County Jail with the assistance of outside resources any inmate truly seeking to rid their lives of drugs or alcohol or any other addictions can do so with the assistance of the Knox County Sheriff Department Chaplains."

Chaplain Gary Lundeen Bethany Baptist Church Ordained as a Minster of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in April of 1995 Missionary Chaplain at Boonville Correctional Center for 18 months Assistant Pastor at Prairieland Baptist Church for three years Volunteered at Hill Correctional Center, Mary Davis Home and Galesburg Rescue Mission, as well as the Knox County Jail

"I began my ministry at the Knox County Jail going cell to cell on Tuesday mornings. Some of the inmates would allow you to share the Gospel and trust Christ as their Savior. When you pray with an inmate and he smiles and says,  'Thanks for coming, Chaplain, I needed that',  you realize you have the best job in town."

Chaplain Ligeh Nygard Galesburg Bethal Baptist Church Ordained Minister since 1962 B.A. in Religion from Indiana Wesleyan University of Marion, Indiana M.Div from Asbury Theological Seminary of Wilmore Kentucky M.A.T. in Education from Rockford College of Rockford, Illinois Volunteer at Hill Correctional Center, various Nursing Homes, Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, as well as the Knox County Jail.

To contact Senior Chaplain Bodenhamer or to provide resources to the Chaplain's Program write or call:

Senior Chaplain John Bodenhamer Knox County Sheriff's Department 152 S. Kellogg Street Galesburg, IL 61401 (309) 345-3733

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