What is Malachi Dads?

MALACHI DADS was birthed in 2005 at Louisiana State Penitentiary (Angola) in response to the heart cry of incarcerated fathers who, embracing their identity under God as spiritual leaders of their families, sought to be equipped to reach and to disciple their children in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The world-wide children’s ministry, AWANA, joined hands with the men at Angola to help them create the platform. Since that time, Malachi Dads has become a “movement,” spreading to more than 18 states and some 50 prisons at last count. Catalyst Ministries is proud to have launched the first Malachi Dads Program in the State of West Virginia in July 2012 at Mt. Olive Correctional Complex. With God’s blessing, it is our goal that every WV Prison will have a Malachi Dads Program.

Overview of Malachi Dads

The Malachi Dads movement came to West Virginia in July 2012. It consists not just in a curriculum, but in a change of identity for all fathers, both incarcerated and those who are not.

Area churches, pastors and church volunteers, will be partnering with Catalyst Ministries to identify, train, and equip volunteers to help inmate fathers pursue the 1-year curriculum. AWANA, the international children’s ministry organization, will assist Catalyst Ministries and its volunteers with training and consultation as we move forward.

Outside volunteers from local churches (trained and connected with Catalyst Ministries), come into the local prison once a week to help the inmate Dads facilitate the Malachi Dads classes. In this context, we will thereby systematically spawn Malachi Dads chapters in every prison in West Virginia. Serious inmate dads will help bring safety, forgiveness, and reconciliation throughout West Virginia’s prison system.

Since 2005, Malachi Dads has become a powerful movement in prisons, helping bring higher levels of safety, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Malachi Dads helps inmate fathers reconcile with their children, with the goal of keeping their children from following their footsteps and ending up in prison. A child with a father in prison is 7 times more likely to end up in prison. Generational incarceration is a real problem and we want to reduce the number of children following their fathers into prison. Malachi Dads works to restore the entire family as well. The curriculum teaches the men how to take up their fathering responsibilities even while they are incarcerated. Catalyst Ministries intends to create a systematic method to install Malachi Dads Chapters in every prison in West Virginia.

The Malachi Dads Program consists of a specific Bible-based curriculum, out of class study in the Book of Romans, scripture memorization and consistent letter writing to their children. It is a 1 year curriculum, followed by a “diploma,” and “graduation”. The men then become Malachi Dads for life.

Here is a video relating to Malachi Dads.