Spencer Shelton holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee and a master's degree from the University of Georgia. Spencer studied horticulture at both institutions and conducted research on native plants and their economic, ecological, and societal impacts. He has experience working at botanical gardens in Knoxville, TN, Fayetteville, GA, and Dunedin, New Zealand. His passion is to help better people’s lives.
Youth Program Coordinator
Grace Hall graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Oglethorpe University, where she studied sociology with a concentration in social work. With a passion for caring for others, Grace is using her degree to focus on Christian ministry. In her free time, Grace serves at Passion City Church and with Passion Conferences as a Door Holder team lead.
Chaplain and Speaker
Omar Howard is a successful individual with an incarcerated history. He serves as chaplain at Atlanta Transitional Center and as a Project A.R.T. instructor for juveniles at Burruss CTC. Omar uses his previous incarceration as a tool for counseling and mentoring at-risk youth and troubled adults from decisions that will negatively impact the rest of their lives
Adrienne Millis LPC
Adrienne Millis is a Licensed Professional Counselor and holds a Masters in Professional Counseling from Richmont Graduate University and a Bachelors in Sociology/
Psychology from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Adrienne specializes in trauma, parental reunification, anger management, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and adolescent counseling. Since 2014, Adrienne has worked with incarcerated men, women and juveniles through HeartBound and offers free trauma counseling to incarcerated women at Metro Transitional Center.
Creative Writing Program Teacher
Ana began her career as a reporter for a South Florida newspaper and later worked as a feature writer and editor for print magazines. Her creative writing program at Coastal State Prison produces a bi-annual print collection of student writings called "Razor Wire." Program participants are able to creatively express their emotions, stories, and dreams through storytelling and poetry.
Dr. John Richardson
John Richardson is a CPA and Anglican missionary priest serving juveniles in three metro-Atlanta juvenile facilities and Burruss Correctional Training Center in Forsyth, GA. It has been said that the "juvenile population today will feed the prison population tomorrow." John believes that through bringing these juveniles love and hope, we can break the cycle of crime and incarceration, transform families, and have fewer victims of violent crimes.
In Remembrance - Chaplain Jimmy Driskell
In February 2000, Jimmy preached his first message, and within three months, he felt God’s call to do prison ministry. As Jimmy put it, “Maybe for the first time in my life, I could see people - broken, bruised and wounded. And I realized I did have something in common with ‘those people.’” Jimmy served alongside HeartBound for 11 years, 5 months, and 29 days. Over those years, thousands of incarcerated people put their faith in Christ after hearing Jimmy's preaching.
Andrea Shelton is Executive Director and founder of HeartBound Ministries, a non-profit prison ministry that provides programs and resources to meet the needs of the prison community – incarcerated people, their families, and correctional staff – changing the culture from one of crime and incarceration to hope and restoration. Andrea graduated from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta and after a brief marketing career at Lockheed Aeronautics, she obtained a law degree from the University of Tennessee. Following law school, she served as a Special Assistant Administrative Law Judge with the Office of State Administrative Hearings.
Andrea is a member of the 2006 class of Leadership Georgia and served as a 2007 Leadership Georgia Program Chair. She received the first-ever “Spirit of Oglethorpe Award” given by Oglethorpe University and the E. Dale Threadgill Community Service Award from Leadership Georgia for her work on behalf of the Georgia prison system. In 2014, she was appointed to the Georgia Board of Corrections by Governor Nathan Deal.
Andrea is married to attorney Joe Shelton and is mom to two grown children, two dogs, and a whole lot of chickens.