Rev. James Edward Penn, the husband of Sarah and father to Monique, Darius, Tracey, James, Lisa and Matthew is a native of Norfolk, VA.
At the age of 19, he left home to join the Job Corp, where he became interested in the Civil Air Patrol. This later resulted in him joining the United States Air Force. His 20 years in the Air Force carried him from Alaska to California and Japan. Finally in 1974 he settled at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, DC.
While stationed in Japan, Rev. Penn came to know Jesus as his Savior. When he returned to the states in 1974, he joined a Church that had a jail ministry. During the last half of his career in the Air Force, Rev. Penn became a volunteer with Good News Jail and Prison Ministry. In 1989, he retired and was asked by Good News to become an Assistant Chaplain in Alexandra, Virginia and Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Less than one year later, he became the full-time Chaplain in Prince George’s County Department of Correction in Upper Marlboro, MD.
Chaplain Penn is a graduate of Washington Bible College with an Associate Degree in Religious Studies. He is presently serving the Lord in a facility that house over 1400-1650 inmates at one of the largest jails in the National Capital area. Assisted by a team of 400 volunteers, who help Chaplain Penn provide discipleship, counseling, Bible studies and aftercare services to inmates and former inmates. Since 1991 Chaplain and Mrs. Penn have implemented a program called “Project Warm Heart” which provides toys for inmates’ children. All of this and more is done thru the support from Churches and friends of the ministry. In September 2013, while studying Jeremiah 1:1-10, Lord spoke and Chaplain Penn started a new ministry called ( CBITF ) “Confirming Believers in the Faith”.